Meet the Experts - Virtual
Prof. Russel Cowburn
Russell Cowburn obtained his PhD in condensed matter physics from the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in 1996 and was appointed lecturer at Durham University, UK in 2000. In 2005 he took up the Chair in Nanotechnology at Imperial College London from where he returned to the Cavendish Laboratory as Director of Research in 2010. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010, has founded three start-up companies (Durham Magneto Optics Ltd, Ingenia Technology Ltd and Semarion Ltd) and has around 70 granted patents. His research interests include spintronics, nanoscale magnetism, laser optics and biotechnology. He is best known in the magnetism community for his work on domain wall logic in permalloy nanowires; his other contributions include the first observation of the vortex to single domain transition in permalloy dots and the demonstration of an atomic-scale spintronic shift register using perpendicular magnetic anisotropy materials. In recent years his research has been recognised by the awarding of a number of prizes, including the Royal Society's Paterson Medal, the Hermes International Technology Award and the Degussa Science to Business Award.
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle
Michael completed his doctorate at the Free University of Berlin, Germany in experimental solid state physics. After research stays at Stanford, Strasbourg and Berlin he obtained tenured professorships (C3 at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 1999 and at the University of Duisburg-Essen as full professor (C4) in 2002. His research focuses on the fundamental understanding and control of magnetic properties of novel low-dimensional magnetic structures (nanomagnetism). Farle has published more than 250 papers in refereed journals. He has been the coordinator of two European Research Training Networks, and the vice-speaker of the collaborative research center (Sonderforschungsbereich) 491 funded by the German Research Organisation (DFG). In 2012 – 2013 he served as the Vice-rector for Research of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE), and in 2016 he was appointed as adjunct professor at the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran) and founding director of the Centre of Functionalized Magnetic Materials (FunMagMa) at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) Kaliningrad. In 2017 he was awarded a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Magnetics Society. In 2019 he won a “MegaGrant” of the Russian government to establish a laboratory for research on functional MAX phases at the Kirensky Institute (RAS, Krasnoyarsk). Since 2019 he is the co-speaker of the collaborative research center CRC/TRR 270 (HoMMage). In addition, he served on several evaluation committees at international and regional levels and is a co-editor of the journal “Materials Research Letters”.
Julie Grollier is a senior researcher in the CNRS/Thales laboratory south of Paris, where she leads the team on nanodevices for neuromorphic computing. Her work is interdisciplinary, from the physics of spintronic and resistive switching materials to the development of learning algorithms for Artificial Intelligence. For more information: http://julie.grollier.free.fr/.
Dr. Hua-Xin Peng
Dr. Hua-Xin Peng, QiuShi Chair Professor and the founding Director of the Institute for Composites Science Innovation (InCSI) at Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, PR China). He joined Zhejiang University in 2014 from the University of Bristol (UK) where he holds a Full Professor position in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) and had worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow in Oxford University and Brunel University. His main research interest lies in tailoring multi-phase microstructures at different length scales for superior property combinations and has led to the publication of three authoritative monographs in Progress in Materials Science, 180+ peer reviewed journal articles and the Springer book “Ferromagnetic Microwire Composites: From Sensors to Microwave Applications”. Prof. Peng is one of the founding Editors of the Elsevier journal - Composites Communications (2021 IF: 6.62), currently serves as the Vice President of Asian-Australasian Association for Composites Materials (AACM) and the Conference Chair of ACCM12 (Hangzhou, 2022).
Prof. S.N. Piramanayagam
Associate Prof. S.N. Piramanayagam has an experience of 30 years in the field of magnetism with research topics ranging from amorphous magnetic alloys for energy applications, permanent magnetic materials to thin films and nanostructures for recording and spintronics applications. His current interest lies in the inter-disciplinary areas of magnetism, electronics and nanotechnology. His research aims to gain understanding and solve issues related to areas such as Spintronics, Magnetic Recording and Energy. He has recently secured a multi-million dollar grant for research on Spin-based Neuromorphic Computing.
S.N. Piramanayagam obtained his Bachelor's degree from Madurai Kamaraj University, India in 1985. He did his Masters degree in Physics from University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India and his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. After his PhD, he carried out further research at Shinshu University, Japan (from 1995-1999).
S.N. Piramanayagam is a senior member of IEEE. He serves as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, as an editorial board member of Scientific reports (Nature publishing Group) and Physica Status Solidi-RRL. He has served as the chair of IEEE Magnetics Society Technical Committee. He has more than 175 publications in ISI journals, filed several patents and edited a book titled "Developments in Data Storage: Materials Perspective". Ten PhD students and several FYP and Masters students have graduated under his supervision. Prior to joining NTU, he worked in Data Storage Institute, Singapore (A*STAR).
Ramesh pursues key materials physics and technological problems in complex multifunctional oxides. Using conducting oxides, he solved the 30-year enigma of polarization fatigue in ferroelectrics. He pioneered research into manganites coining the term, Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Oxides. His work on multiferroics demonstrated electric field control of ferromagnetism, a critical step towards ultralow power memory and logic elements. His extensive publications on the synthesis and materials physics of complex oxides are highly cited (over 65,000 citations, H-factor =144). He is a fellow of APS, AAAS & MRS and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Foreign member of the Royal Society of London. His awards include the Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize, the APS Adler Lectureship and McGroddy New Materials Prize, the TMS Bardeen Prize and the IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal. He was recognized as a Thomson-Reuters Citation Laureate in Physics for his work on multiferroics. He served as the Founding Director of the successful Department of Energy SunShot Initiative in the Obama administration, envisioning and coordinating the R&D funding of the U.S. Solar Program, spearheading the reduction in the cost of Solar Energy. He also served as the Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Associate Lab Director at LBNL.