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.

Winter Term 2021/2022

Mario Carpentieri  

Politecnico di Bari (Italy)

07. February 2022 4:00 p.m.

"Design of magnetic tunnel junctions for microwave detectors, Physical Unclonable Functions, and logic operations"


Mario Carpentieri received the M.S. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in advanced technologies for the optoelectronic and photonic and electromagnetic modeling from the University of Messina, Italy, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. During 2003–2005, he was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Applied Physics, University of Salamanca, Spain. From 2005 to 2011, he was an Assistant Researcher at the University of Perugia and University of Calabria, Italy. Since 2012, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, where he was an Assistant Professor, became an Associate Professor in 2015 and since May 2019 he is full professor. His current research interests include micromagnetic modeling of a variety of spintronic nanostructured materials and devices, including microwave nano-oscillators and diodes based on the spin-torque and spin-orbit effects. He is author of more than 130 articles published in well-established international journals. He is founder of one start-up company for the development of parallel computation. Prof. Carpentieri is currently a member of the Editorial board and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics and Associate Editor of Scientific Reports (Nature).  more


Jayasimha Atulasimha  

Virginia Commonwealth University

17. January 2022 4:00 p.m.

"Voltage control of nanomagnets and skyrmions:
Towards energy efficient memory and neuromorphic computing"


Jayasimha Atulasimha is a Qimonda Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering with a courtesy appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Virginia Commonwealth University. He has authored or coauthored over 85 journal publications on magnetostrictive and multiferroic materials, spintronics and nanomagnetic computing devices. His current research interests include nanomagnetism, spintronics, multiferroics, nanomagnetic memory and neuromorphic computing devices. He is a fellow of the ASME, an IEEE Senior Member and past chair for the TC on Spintronics, IEEE Nanotechnology Council.  more


Heiko Wende  

Faculty of Physics, University of Duisburg-Essen

13. December 2021 4:00 p.m.

"Functional magnetocaloric materials on atomic length scales: element specific insight"


Heiko Wende studied physics at the Free University of Berlin. His studies were supported by a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 1999, he obtained his PhD with element specific studies at the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II. For his PhD thesis he was awarded the Ernst-Eckhard-Koch-Prize (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin). Already during his PhD and subsequent habilitation, several research stays at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in collaboration with Prof. Y.U. Idzerda and at the University of Washington in collaboration with Prof. J.J. Rehr took place. Supported by a Heisenberg fellowship from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, he worked in the group of Prof. O. Eriksson at the Uppsala University (Sweden) on the understanding of magnetic molecules. He accepted the call to the Faculty of Physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2007. Heiko Wende has been scientific director of the Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE) since 2018. He has led several projects funded by the European Union (7th Framework Programme) as well as the DFG, such as projects in Collaborative Research Centers. He is currently project leader in the CRC 1242 "Non-equilibrium dynamics of condensed matter in the time domain", the CRC/TRR 247 "Heterogeneous oxidation catalysis in the liquid phase" as well as in the newly established CRC/TRR 270 "Hysteresis design of magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion". His research interests include magnetic hybrid systems, which he investigates using element-specific methods such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy at synchrotron radiation sources and free-electron lasers and Mössbauer spectroscopy. He works closely with research groups in theory, which use density functional theory to study electronic and geometric structures of hybrid systems.  more


Philipp Gegenwart

Experimental Physics VI, Augsburg University

15. November 2021 4:00 p.m.

"New quantum states driven by magnetic frustration"


Philipp Gegenwart studied physics at TU Darmstadt and graduated there in 1998 under the supervision of Frank Steglich on unconventional superconductivity. Afterwards he moved to the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden and spend a year a guest researcher at St. Andrews in Scotland. In 2006 he was appointed as professor for experimental low-temperature physics at the University of Göttingen. Since 2014 he leads a chair at the Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism at the University of Augsburg and since 2017 he is spokesperson of the Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR80 “From Electronic Correlations to Functionality”.  more