Dr. Sanghapi is from Cameroon where he completed earned his bachelor degree in Physics and computer Science from the University of Buea. He won a scholarship to pursue his graduate studies at the Mississippi State University where he completed his Master’s in Physics and his Ph.D. in Engineering with a concentration Applied Physics under the supervision of Dr Jagdish Singh at the Institute of Clean Energy Technology ICET, Mississippi State University. After his Master’s he won the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education postgraduate fellowship to continue his doctoral research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh. While there, he worked on optical detection of carbon dioxide in post carbon sequestration. Upon his graduation, he joined the Department of Chemistry and Physics as Assistant Professor of Physics where he is pioneering the Laser Spectroscopy and Material Characterization Research Group.

We are interested in the applications of laser spectroscopy for material characterization in order to address environmental, heath related issues. Our main focus are but not limited to the following applications:

  • Environmental Applications (soil contamination, water quality etc.)
  • Biomedical Applications (biological tissues mapping, detection of nano particle and trace metals biological tissues)
  • Military and Safety Applications ( detection of explosive particle, aerosols chemical and biological agents etc)
  • Nuclear Waste (detection of radioactive isotopes)
  • Material Analysis (metals, plastics, pharmaceutical etc.)
  • Design of Experiment

Our summer research program is designed to train future leaders in STEM with emphasis on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and its applications. Program will welcome students from diverse disciplines (chemistry, biology, environmental and agricultural science). The following are our objectives:

  • Early exposure of students to research.
  • Provide opportunities for underrepresented and minority students.
  • Promote multidisciplinary research.
  • Enhance student-faculty and student-student interactions.
  • Provide stipend to students.


  1. Herve Sanghapi et al. “Chapter 1. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Application to Powder Samples” Advances in Applied Spectroscopy: Concepts and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2017. 1-34. ISBN: 978-1-53612-439-2



  1. Herve K Sanghapi et al “Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for quality control in pharmaceutical industry: Case of asbestos in cosmetic powders.” (To be submitted)
  2. Alfarraj, B. A., Sanghapi, H. K., Bhatt, C. R., Yueh, F. Y., & Singh, J. P. (2018). Qualitative Analysis of Dairy and Powder Milk Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). Applied spectroscopy72(1), 89-101.
  3. C. G. Carson, C. L. Goueguel, H. Sanghapi, J. Jain, and D. McIntyre, “Evaluation of a commercially available passively Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with LiF: F− 2 saturable absorber for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy,” Opt. Laser Technol., vol. 79, pp. 146–152, 2016.
  4. H. K. Sanghapi et al. “Determination of Elemental Composition of Shale Rocks by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.” Spectrochim. Acta Part B At. Spectrosc., vol. 122, pp. 9–14, 2016
  5. H. K. Sanghapi et al. “Analysis of slags using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy,” Spectrochim. Acta Part B At. Spectrosc., vol. 115, pp. 40–45, 2015.


  1. Herve K Sanghapi et al “Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for quality control in pharmaceuticalindustry: Case of asbestos in cosmetic powders.” FACSS SciX 2019, October 13 – 18, 2019, Palm Springs Convention Center,Palm Springs, California, CA.
  2. Herve K Sanghapi, Jagdish P Singh “Laser Induced Spectroscopy for Quantitative Analysis of Trace Elements in High Pressure CO2 Enriched Water: An Application to Carbon Sequestration” PITTCON 2017, March 5-9, 2017, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.
  3. Bader Alfarraj, Herve K Sanghapi, Chet R Bhatt, Fang Y Yueh, Jagdish P Singh “Qualitative Analysis of Mineral Elements in Milk Powders Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)” PITTCON 2017, March 5-9, 2017, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.
  4. Christian Goueguel; Dustin McIntyre; Jinesh Jain; Cantwell Carson; H. K. Sanghapi “Effect of CO2-laden brine temperature, pressure and salinity on the temperature, electron density and morphology of laser-induced underwater plasma, and implications for groundwater monitoring in geological CO2 sequestration.” SciX- NASLIBS 2015, Sep 27th – Oct 2nd, 2015, Providence, Rhode Island).
  5. 4.H. K. Sanghapi et al. “Determination of Elemental Composition of Shale Rocks by Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. SciX-NASLIBS 2015, Sep 27th- Oct 2nd, 2015. Providence, Rhode Island).
  6. H. K. Sanghapi et al. “Analysis of slags using Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (Sep 8th – Sep 12th, 2014 / The 8th International Conference on Laser Induced-breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS 2014)-Beijing China).
  7. Krishna K. Ayyalasomayajula, H. K. Sanghapi, Bader Alfarraj, Fang Y. Yueh, Jagdish P. Singh and Dustin L. McIntyre, “Comparative study of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectroscopy (LAMIS”, SciX –NASLIBS 2013, Sept 29th – Oct 4th, 2013, Milwaukee, WI).