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Principal Investigator

Can Onur Avci

Dr. Can Onur Avci is a tenured scientist at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC). 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, before joining ICMAB.CSIC. His expertise encompasses spin currents and spin-orbit-driven transport phenomena in layered heterostructures, electrical control of magnetization, and spintronic memory and logic devices.

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Weronika Janus

Weronika Janus joined ICMAB-CSIC and SMARTSPIN project as a Postdoc researcher in November 2023. She studied at AGH University of Krakow, Poland, where she obtained her BSc in Biomedical Engineering (2018), MSc in Biomedical Engineering - Bionanotechnology (2019), and she started her PhD in Physics (2019). During her PhD, she focused on the strain manipulation of magnetic properties in antiferromagnetic thin films. Her current research interest is in developing innovative magnetic insulator-based spintronic memory devices, where the information can be written and read by all-electrical means


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

Teodor Apetrei

Teodor Apetrei joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MUST project as a PhD student in November 2023. He obtained his BSc. degree in Computational Physics at University Alexandru Ioan Cuza Iasi (Romania, 2020) and his MSc. degree in Applied and Engineering Physics at Technische Universitat Munchen (Germany, 2023). The main focus of his current research is the growth and engineering of magnetic oxide and nitride thin films by magnetron sputtering with tunable interfacial chiralic magnetism and perpendicular anisotropy.

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