Nicola Spaldin

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Prof. Dr. Nicola Spaldin

Relation

Full Professor

Contact Data

Tel.: +41 44 633 37 55
Fax: +41 44 633 14 59
Tel. (Sec.): +41 44 633 46 07

Address

ETH Zürich
Nicola Spaldin
Professur für Materialtheorie
HIT  G 43.3
Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 27
8093 Zürich
Switzerland

Organisations Full Professor at the Department of Materials
http://www.mat.ethz.ch/
Research Field

Research in the Materials Theory group uses a combination of first-principles and phenomenological theoretical techniques to study the fundamental physics of novel materials that are of potential technological importance. Projects combine the development of new theoretical methods, application of the methods to existing materials, design of new materials with specific functionalities and subsequent synthesis of the "designer materials". Specific materials classes of interest are:

Magnetoelectric Multiferroics, which are materials that are simultaneously ferromagnetic and ferroelectric. These fall into our broader interest in Contra-indicated Multifunctional Materials, which combine multiple, technologically desirable functionalities that tend not to co-exist.

Transition-Metal Oxides with "strong correlations", in which the behaviour of each electron explicitly influences that of the others. These strong correlations often result in multiple coupled or competing instabilities, which in turn show strong tunable responses to electric or magnetic fields or strain. Here, we would particularly like to make a room-temperature superconductor.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Nicola A. Spaldin is the Professor of Materials Theory in the Department of Materials at ETH Zürich.

She studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, where she obtained a B.A. in Natural Sciences in 1991. She then moved  to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in Chemistry in 1996. She next worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Applied Physics Department at Yale University, before moving back to California, where she was Assistant Professor (1997-2002), Associate Professor (2002-2006) then Full Professor (2006 - 2010) in UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Department. She moved to ETH in 2011.

Spaldin has been a visiting professor at several institutions: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore, India (2000), Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University, UK (2003), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA (2007) and the Materials Theory Division at Uppsala University (2010).

Honours
2021
Member, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). For her pioneering theoretical developments that led to the design of technologically relevant multifunctional materials, particularly multiferroics, and for her profound and diverse contributions to Engineering education.
2021
2021 IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal
2020
Golden Owl Award for teaching excellence
2019
ERC Synergy Grant
2019
Foreign Member, National Academy of Engineering. For theoretical contributions to advance the field of multiferroics.
2019
Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist
2018
Honorary Fellow, Churchill College Cambridge
2018
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2017
Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences
2017
Fellow of the Royal Society
2017
Lise Meitner Award of the German and Austrian Physical Societies
2017
L'Oreal/UNESCO For Women in Science Award
2017
Materials Research Society, Mid-Career Award. For creating a new theoretical framework describing multiferroics and for service to the materials community.
2017
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2016
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2015
Koerber European Science Prize
2015
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2014
American Physical Society Outstanding Referee
2014
ETH Golden Owl Award for Teaching Excellence
2014
Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher
2013
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2012
ERC Advanced Grant
2012
Roessler Prize of the ETH Zurich Foundation
2011
Fellow, Materials Research Society
2010
American Physical Society McGroddy Prize for New Materials
2009
NSF American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellow
2008
Fellow, American Physical Society, USA
2007
Miller Institute Research Professorship, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2002
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow
2001
Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
2000
ONR Young Investigator Award (Office of Naval Research)
Additional Information

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Course Catalogue
327-1202-00L Solid State Physics and Chemistry of Materials I
327-1300-00L Joint Group Seminar
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