Principal Investigator

Can Onur Avci

 Dr. Can Onur Avci is a principal investigator at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) since February 2021. He received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zürich in 2015 and was awarded the ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral thesis. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2016-2018 and at ETH Zürich between 2018 and 2021. He recently received an ERC Starting Grant to develop spintronics devices based on magnetic insulators. His research focuses on spin-orbit-driven phenomena and spin currents in low dimensional systems, electrical control of magnetization, and spintronic memory and logic devices.

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Jesús Alejandro De Sousa

J. Alejandro De Sousa joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MULFOX/Spinmad group as a Post-doc researcher in April 2023. Previously, he obtained his degree in chemistry (Licenciatura) at the University of the Andes (Venezuela, 2015) and completed the Master degree in Fundamental and Applied Electrochemistry at the same university (Venezuela, 2018). In 2018 J. Alejandro joined the NANOMOL department at ICMAB-CSIC for his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Núria Crivillers and Prof. Dr. Concepció Rovira (ICMAB, CSIC) with a Severo Ochoa FIP scholarship, in the frame of the research line “Molecular materials for electronics”. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Materials Science (Autonomous University of Barcelona) with “International” and “Cum laude” mentions in December of 2022. His current post-doctoral research focuses on spin-thermoelectric devices (Spin caloritronics).


Silvia Damerio

Silvia Damerio joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project as a Post-doc researcher in February 2022. She obtained her BSc. (Hons - 2015) and MSc. (Hons - 2017) in Chemistry from the University of Genova (Italy) and University of Groningen (The Netherlands), respectively. She subsequently joined the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen for her PhD, which she received in 2022 with a thesis about modulated phases in ferroic oxides. She recently received a grant of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions to investigate dynamical spintronic devices and continue her research at ICMAB.


PhD Students

Stefano Fedel

Stefano Fedel joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project as a PhD student in September 2021. He studied Engineering Physics at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where he obtained his BSc. in 2018 and MSc. in 2021. He spent one year as an exchange student at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) between 2019 and 2020. Afterward, he carried out his master thesis at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where he focused on the characterization of spin-orbit torques at the interface between topological insulators and ferromagnet. Stefano's project deals with the current-driven dynamics of magnetization in magnetic insulators detected by MOKE microscopy.

Matteo Fettizio

Matteo Fettizio joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project as a PhD student in March 2023 after obtaining his BSc. and MSc. degrees in Electronics Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). The main focus of his research is on the voltage induced control of magnetic anisotropy in thin films of ferrimagnetic garnets for spintronics applications.

MSc. and BSc. Students


Dr. Martín Testa Anta

(PhD) 03/2021 - 12/2022
(postdoc) 01/2023 - 04/2023

Dr. Mustafa Öztürk

(Gebze Technical University, Turkey)
Erasmus Staff Exchange Programme

Leo Rol

(ESPCI Paris - PSL, France)
Internship student
05/2023 - 08/2023

Loes Fransen

(TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
MSc. Internship student
09/2022 - 02/2023

Julia Mateu Comas

(Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
BSc. student 
09/2022 - 01/2023

Iker Barragán Martin

(Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
BSc. student 
09/2022 - 12/2022

Leo Salgado Chane-Pane

(Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
MSc. student 
11/2021 - 08/2022

Teodor Parella Dilmé

(Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain)
BSc. student 
10/2021 - 06/2022