Distinguished Lecture Series

The Spin+X Distinguished Lecture Series brings outstanding speakers to the Spin+X community during the semester.

The series comprise plenary talks of different key topics for the whole interdisciplinary consortium. Purpose of the event is to provide the community with different perspectives and promote the exchange of thoughts and ideas between experts, staff, and students.

Summer Term 2021

Silvia Tacchi 

Istituto Officina dei Materiali - IOM

12. July 2021 4:00 p.m.

"Reconfigurable magnonics based on spin textures"


Silvia Tacchi is a researcher at the Perugia Secondary Units of the IOM-Materials Foundry Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Perugia, Italy, in 2002. She has long-standing expertise in the study of magnetization dynamics in low dimensional systems by using both conventional and micro-focused Brillouin light scattering (BLS) spectroscopy. Her main research interests are magnonic crystals, Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, and magnetic properties of thin films, multilayers, lateral confined systems. more

Felix Tuczek 

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

21. June 2021 4:00 p.m.

"Spin-state switching of iron complexes adsorbed on surfaces"


Felix Tuczek studied chemistry at Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz and received his PhD in 1989 in the group of Philipp Gütlich for work in Mössbauer emission spectroscopy. After  two  years  as  a  postdoc  at  Stanford  University  in  the  group  of Ed  Solomon  he returned to Mainz to work on his habilitation (1997). In 1999 he received a call to Christian Albrechts University Kiel and since then holds the chair for molecular inorganic chemistry in  Kiel.  His  scientific  interests  include molecular  spin switches,  spincrossover,  surface chemistry  and  spectroscopy  as  well  as  small-molecule  activation  (nitrogen  fixation, dioxygen activation).  more

Jeffrey McCord 

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

17. May 2021 4:00 p.m.

"Magnetic domain behavior in high sensitivity magnetic field sensors – magnetic noise and magnetic domain control"


Jeffrey McCord studied materials science at the University of Erlangen–Nürnberg where he his Ph.D. in the group of Alex Hubert in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he was with the IBM Storage Division in San Jose, developing magnetic recording heads. From 2002 to 2009, he was a research scientist and Group Leader of the IFW Dresden, until he took over a position as the Head of Department Nanomagnetism at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf. He is Co-Founder and served as the Director of Evico Magnetics GmbH. He joined the University of Kiel as a Heisenberg-Professor of materials science in 2011. His primary research interests include magnetic domains and magnetic materials. The topics of research range from fundamental research to engineering materials and devices, concentrating on magnetization dynamics, exchange bias, magnetic thin films, and nanomagnetism. more

Andrii Chumak 

University of Vienna

19. April 2021 4:00 p.m.

"Nano-Magnonics: From Room to Cryogenic Temperatures"


Andrii Chumak studied physics at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and received his PhD in 2009 in the group of Gennadii Melkov. After the PostDoc at the group of Burkard Hillebrands of the RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, he continued in the same group as a Principal Investigator and Head of ERC Junior Research Group. Andrii Chumak became a Full Professor and Head of Nanomagnetism and Magnonics Group at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna in 2019. His scientific interests include magnetization dynamics and magnonics, nonlinear wave physics, spin-orbit spintronics, unconventional computing and quantum magnonics. more