PROJECT: TUNAMAG Tunable magnetic materials based on heterostructures featuring a first-order magnetic phase transition.
Host Institution: CEITEC VUT BRNO
Country of Origin: Česká republika
Previous Workplace: USA
TOPIC OF MY RESEARCH:
I explore the magnetic phase transitions in nanomagnets.
WHY I HAVE CHOSEN THE TOPIC:
This specific topic provides a rich playground for exploring the fundamental interactions between different types of order in magnetic materials. It brings up the possibility to create artificial 2D and 3D materials from nanoscale constituents delivering properties and functionality which are not naturally present in the bulk and film form. It combines my experience with preparation of sub-micron magnetic objects and investigation of their properties and response to fast-changing stimuli including magnetic field, electrical current and laser pulses.
USE OF THE PROJECT RESULTS IN PRACTICE:
Controlling magnetic properties of materials using the least energy possible is currently a key challenge for basic research. The results of the proposed work may trigger completely new approaches to the design of functional materials for low-energy electronic devices and form a base for applications in materials science, applied physics and biotechnology. In the frame of this project a direct collaboration with high-tech companies will be developed: in the field of magnetic recording and advanced nanotechnology tools combined with electron microscopy.
The SoMoPro fellowship is a great way to support researchers that are coming to the region from abroad. It allows me to develop the ideas outlined above and provides initial financial stability when starting a new research position. It even gives me a possibility to start a small team. From my earlier experience I knew the potential and enthusiasm of students and researchers here and it was one of the substantial factors for deciding to move back to my home country and particularly to the South Moravian region.
You can read more about the project HERE.