Massimiliano Di Ventra obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics summa cum laude from the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1991 and did his PhD studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Lausanne in 1993-1997. He has been Visiting Scientist at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University before joining the Physics Department of Virginia Tech in 2000 as Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and moved to the Physics Department of the University of California, San Diego, in 2004 where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2006.
Di Ventra’s research interests are in the theory of quantum transport in nanoscale and atomic systems, non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, DNA sequencing/polymer dynamics in nanopores, and memory effects in nanostructures for applications in unconventional computing and biophysics.
He has been invited to deliver more than 300 talks worldwide on these topics including 14 plenary/keynote presentations and 10 talks at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society.
He has been Visiting Professor at the Technion, Israel (2017), Technical University of Dresden (2015), University Paris-Sud (2015), Technical University of Denmark (2014), Ben-Gurion University (2013), Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (2012, 2011), and SISSA, Trieste (2012).
Di Ventra has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals (he was named 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics), has 4 granted patents, co-edited the textbook Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology (Springer, 2004) for undergraduate students, he is single author of the graduate-level textbook Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and of the trade book The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is the co-founder of MemComputing, Inc.
Tomas Jungwirth is Head of the Department of Spintronics and Nanoelectronics, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in condensed matter physics, from Charles University, Czech Republic in 1997. Subsequently until 1999, he worked at the Indiana University, USA as a postdoctoral fellow. From 2000 to 2002, he became a Research Fellow, University of Texas, USA. In 2001 – 2007, he hold the role of Senior Research Scientist, in Institute of Physics ASCR. From 2004 he is Professor, at the University of Nottingham, UK. Since 2007, he is Head of the Department of Spintronics and Nanoelectronics, Institute of Physics, ASCR.
His research interests are condensed matter physics and magnetism, materials science, non-magnetic, ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic spintronics. Your main recognitions are:
Albert Fert is Emeritus Professor at Université Paris-Sud and Scientific Director at the UMR CNRS/Thales laboratory he co-founded in 1995.
In 2007, Albert Fert and Peter Gruenberg received the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of the Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) in 1988. The GMR has led to important applications and, for example, has led to an increase of the capacity of information storage in the magnetic hard disks by a factor of about thousand. In addition, the discovery of GMR kicked off the development of a new type of electronics exploiting the spin of the electrons and called spintronic. Significant contributions to this development came from Fert’s team.
In the recent years, Albert Fert has been one of the pioneers of the research in the new field of the magnetic skyrmions. His research today is mainly on skyrmions and on spintronic phenomena exploiting topology and spin-orbit interactions in low dimension systems (from topological insulators to Rashba bi-dimensional electron gas).
Prof. Weisheng Zhao (IEEE Fellow) is currently dean of the school of Microelectronics at Beihang University, he is also the director of Fert Beijing Research Institute. He graduated from University of Paris Sud in 2007 and was nominated as tenured research scientist at CNRS in France from 2009 to 2013. He is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (2017). From 2020, he becomes the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I-Regular Papers. In recent years, his research focus on ultra high TMR p-MTJ based on atomic thick tungsten (Nature Communications 2018) and invented the toggle spin torque method for power efficient switching (Nature Electronics 2018 and IEDM 2019).