Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zürich
Multiferroics—Past, Present and Future
Multiferroic materials, which are simultaneously ferromagnetic and ferroelectric, are appealing because of the romance of combining the two contraindicated behaviors in the same phase, and because of potential technological applications offered by the coupling between them. In this talk I will discuss the challenges and opportunities encountered along the pathway to the development of modern multiferroics, the exciting opportunities in the field today, and possible future directions, ranging from device materials to cosmology.
About Nicola Spaldin
Nicola Spaldin is a professor of materials theory at ETH Zürich. Following undergraduate studies in her native England, she received her PhD degree in chemistry at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral researcher in applied physics at Yale University before starting her independent career in the Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara. Spaldin is best known scientifically for her development of the class of materials known as multiferroics, which combine simultaneous ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, and for exploring their application in areas ranging from device physics to cosmology. She is a passionate science educator, director of her department's study program, and holder of the ETH Golden Owl Award for Excellence in Teaching. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor she can be found playing her clarinet, skiing or climbing in the Alps.