Get to Know the Best Student Presentation Finalists

César González-Ruano Iriarte, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain
Research group: Magnetrans Group
Research advisor: Farkhad G. Aliev
Field of study: Superconducting Spintronics
Expected time of graduation: 09/2022

Why did you feel drawn to research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials?
I was interested in condensed matter physics from the first year in my undergraduate studies. Once I started learning more, magnetism and spintronics drew my attention because they have both great technologic applications and beautiful underlying physics.

What do you enjoy most in your research?
The excitement of finally understanding the physical process behind experimental results that initially contradicted/deviated from what was expected.

What are your plans after your graduation?
I’m not completely sure as the financial situation for research is not optimal in my country, but I’d like to work in something closely related with scientific and/or technologic research and advances.

Is there anything else you would like to share the MMM community (e.g. interesting hobby)?
I enjoy outdoor sports like hiking and climbing, and arts (I play bass and paint). I consider myself a curious mind that loves learning all kinds of new stuff, specially related with science in its broadest meaning.


Jiahao Han, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Research group: Spintronic material and device group
Research advisor: Luqiao Liu
Field of study: Spin torques and magnonics
Expected time of graduation: 10/2021

Why did you feel drawn to research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials?
I can closely correlate the latest discoveries in fundamental physics and materials science with the emerging applications of memory and logics.

What do you enjoy most in your research?
I enjoy the process of intelligently designing material and device structures to discover novel phenomena and physics in spintronics.

What are your plans after your graduation?
I plan to get postdoc training and then join the faculty of a top university.

Is there anything else you would like to share the MMM community (e.g. interesting hobby)?
I like collecting coins and reading books about history.


Jagannath Jena, Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany
Research group: Stuart Parkin Group
Research advisor: Prof. Stuart S.P. Parkin
Field of study: Non-collinear magnetism in D2d Heusler compounds
Expected time of graduation (month/year): 05/2021

Why did you feel drawn to research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials?
Magnetism is the future of efficient computation and data storage technology

What do you enjoy most in your research?
Exploring the unknown

What are your plans after your graduation?
Continue doing research

Is there anything else you would like to share the MMM community (e.g. interesting hobby)?
Hobby-cooking, hiking


Felix Schreiber, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
Research group: AG Kläui
Research advisor: Prof. Dr. Mathias Kläui
Field of study: Antiferromagnetic Spintronics
Expected time of graduation: 03/2021

Why did you feel drawn to research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials?
When I realized at some point of my studies that we use magnetism in so many ways in our daily life without even knowing, I was impressed by the potential of magnetic materials. These multiple manifestations of magnetism keep fascinating me.

What do you enjoy most in your research?
I like that my field of research is in view of the application in future devices since I think continuously developing our technology is of key importance. I am also happy to work with lots of nice people supporting each other.

What are your plans after your graduation?
After finishing my master studies I can well imagine working in a research and development position and further contribute to the development of technology in some way. In addition, I hope to find a possibility to work in - or at least visit - a different country for a longer period.

Is there anything else you would like to share the MMM community (e.g. interesting hobby)?
I used to work as a carpenter before studying and still do carpentry occasionally. Today, I think I benefit from the experiences I gathered during that time, especially when it comes to “hands-on” work.


Harry Waring, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Research group: Nano-Engineering and Spintronic Technologies (NEST) Group
Research advisor: Tom Thomson
Field of study: Thin Film High Frequency Spintronics
Expected time of graduation: 03/21

Why did you feel drawn to research in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials?
I have always been passionate about applying scientific understanding to technology for societal benefit. When learning about nanotechnology in my undergraduate degree I was particularly interested in advanced atomically engineered materials due to the significant promise they hold. I thought it striking that magnetism plays such a key role in a diverse range of fields, having had a great impact both historically and in modern day devices. Furthermore, the disruptive potential of high frequency technology has always commanded my attention. I felt that the study of the high frequency properties of magnetic materials was the perfect opportunity to combine these two interests.

What do you enjoy most in your research?
The aspect of my research I enjoy most is being able to take part in all stages of the sample life-cycle including fabrication, characterization and interpretation of the extracted data. It is immensely rewarding when a process you have developed over many months yields a sample with the desired tailored properties, which you can characterize yourself in the lab. I have always enjoyed understanding how things work and being this involved with the investigation gives me knowledge of many different techniques along with keeping my experimental work interesting and varied.

What are your plans after your graduation?
After graduation I hope to continue researching magnetic materials for high frequency applications. Currently, I am focusing on looking for post-doctoral research opportunities in magnetic research groups. It would be ideal to couple this research with industrial collaboration in order to build links and networks within industry. This would be a particularly exciting avenue as it could aid the technology being taken beyond the laboratory, a key motivation for me.