Transregional Collaborative Research Center

SFB/TRR 173 Spin+X

Kaiserslautern - Mainz

Spin+X - Spin in its collective environment

  • The Transregional Collaborative Research Center 173 Spin+X investigates spin properties from various perspectives and by connecting several scientific disciplines.
  • Its research encompasses the whole range of spin research spanning from microscopic properties, to emergent spin phenomena and to the coupling to the macroscopic world. This constitutes a new discipline that we refer to as Advanced Spin Engineering, which seeks to create new functionalities based on spin physics.
  • Spin+X builds on an outstanding research infrastructure in physics and chemistry at RPTU and JGU, as well as in engineering at RPTU, which are at the forefront of spin-related science and technology.

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Spin+X supports Ukrainian scientists

Spin+X offers support to scientists from Ukraine who have been directly affected by the war. An eligible candidate should propose a contribution relevant to the research conducted within Spin+X. If you are a Spin+X scholar interested in this call, please contact the Spin+X office and outline the science relevant to Spin+X you are proposing and the support you would like to receive. In addition, we especially encourage students from Ukraine who are pursuing a Master's or PhD program to contact us.



Double award: Mathias Kläui becomes Fellow of the IEEE and new member of the European Academy of Sciences

Photo/©: Peter Pulkowski Prof. Dr Mathias Kläui

Both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) recognise the renowned solid-state physicist Prof. Dr Mathias Kläui with special awards for his research. On 1 January 2023, the IEEE will award him the highest degree of membership as a Fellow for his scientific contribution to the next generation of solid-state magnetic storage, logic and sensing. The IEEE thus honours exceptional individual professional achievements that contribute significantly to the advancement of technical achievements in engineering, science and technology and in this respect have a significant benefit for society as a whole.

Prof. Dr Mathias Kläui has also been appointed as a member of the European Academy of Sciences. In the Materials Science Class, he was honoured for his contributions to magnetic materials. Kläui has served in Mainz for many years as director of the "Materials Science in Mainz" excellence graduate school and is active in the field of electronic and magnetic materials development.

"I am of course very happy about the awards and they are also a sign of the great work being done in our team in Mainz. The IEEE is the largest organisation dedicated to magnetism, and I have been active there for many years, for example in the Technical Committee, because the further development of spintronics and magnetism is very close to my heart," says Kläui about his awards.

Prof. Dr. Mathias Kläui's working group is concerned with magnetism on the nanoscale, spin dynamics and new materials. In addition to basic research, applied projects are also carried out with industrial partners, particularly in the area of memory and sensor technology.

Mathias Kläui studied mathematics and physics at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. Kläui later also completed his doctorate in physics at Cambridge before becoming a postdoc at the IBM Research Centre in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. After holding positions at the University of Konstanz and in Switzerland, he was appointed to the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2011. Here Kläui was director of the "Materials Science in Mainz" (MAINZ) excellence graduate school from 2012. Since 2016, he has been the site spokesperson for the Collaborative Research Centre TRR173 Spin+X and since 2019, the spokesperson for the profile area TopDyn - Dynamics and Topology. In 2014, he established the Gutenberg Nachwuchskolleg (GNK) as founding director, which is dedicated to promoting outstanding young researchers.

Kläui has already been honoured with numerous prestigious recognitions. In 2020, the American Physical Society elected him a Fellow, recognising him for his experimental work in the field of nanomagnetism and spintronics. In October 2019, the IEEE Magnetics Society, the world's largest professional association for magnetism, awarded him the distinction of Distinguished Lecturer 2020-2021. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of the Institute of Physics for outstanding contributions to nanomagnetism and spin dynamics. In 2011, he received the Nicholas Kurti Prize, an award for his research in nanomagnetism.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as one of the leading technical professional bodies, aims to promote technology for the benefit of the public. With more than 400,000 members in 160 countries, the organisation is a leading body covering a wide range of disciplines, from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications engineering to biomedical, electrical power and consumer electronics.

The European Academy of Sciences is an independent international association of outstanding scientists who conduct cutting-edge research and develop the latest technologies in their fields. Its aim is to strengthen European research and scientific cooperation in Europe. Thanks to their professional expertise, EURASC members advise various European institutions on the topics of research, technological applications and societal developments.


Photo/©: Peter Pulkowski Prof. Dr Mathias Kläui