Research on tiny Magnets

Humboldt Award Winner chooses University of Duisburg-Essen

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Prof. Hari Srikanth (University of South Florida, USA) is one of only five researchers to receive the 2022 Humboldt Research Award. The award is linked to a research stay at a German institute of his choice. Srikanth has chosen to pursue physics at University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). In particular, his work complements the spectrum of the large research network TRR270 "HoMMage" on magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion.

Hari Srikanth conducts research in the field of magnetic nanoscale structures. Until August 2023, he will research novel interfaces in magnetic particles as well as two-dimensional systems in the group of Materials-Chain member Prof. Michael Farle, co-spokesperson of "HoMMAge". Both are crucial for the development of energy-efficient information processing, magnetic cooling and biomedical diagnostics and therapy.

In tumor treatment, for example, magnetic nanoparticles are injected into diseased tissue. There they are set in vibration and heated so that they destroy diseased cells locally. This requires particles that cannot overheat, are non-toxic and have special shapes and magnetic properties. Interfaces come into play especially in ultrathin magnetic films, which are supposed to be the next, energy-saving generation after the current electron-charge-based information processing. After all, if we understand the processes at the interfaces, the magnetic properties can also be better controlled.

The Humboldt Research Award is granted exclusively to scientists from abroad for their overall work, who have left a lasting mark on their field and from whom top achievements can be expected in the future. The award, which is endowed with 60,000 euros, enables them to spend six to twelve months researching in a working group of their choice in Germany.

Further information:
Prof. Dr. Michael Farle, Faculty of Physics, Tel. 0203/37 9-2075,