After graduating with honors in solid state physics in 2017 from the University of Milan-Bicocca, in 2021 I successfully defended my doctoral thesis in the field of spintronics, earning the title of Doctor of Science and Nanotechnology of Materials at the same university, within a collaboration with the Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystem in Agrate-Brianza of the Italian national council of research (CNR-IMM). From 2021 to July 2023, I was postdoctoral research fellow at the CNR-IMM in the framework of the SKYTOP European project. Currently, I am conducting my second postdoc here at ICMAB under the supervision of Prof. J. Fontcuberta.
During my PhD and my first postdoctoral activity, I studied the chemical-physical interactions between an exotic phase of matter known as “topological insulator” and ferromagnetic materials, with the aim to produce efficient spintronic devices for memory storage and logic applications. In particular, I investigated the properties of topological systems when used to convert spin currents into charge currents (and vice versa). Within my research, I contribute to develop an industrially compatible deposition process to produce Sb2Te3 topological insulator thin films on 4’’ silicon wafers, demonstrating their remarkable spin-to-charge current conversion efficiency.
Here at ICMAB, I am now involved in the fundamental study, detection, and characterization of orbital currents in early transition metals metallic oxides in the framework of the Heavy Element-Free Green Electronics (HEGEL) project, lying in the so-called “spin-orbitronics” field. The possibility to use light materials and their exceptional transport properties make the orbital currents very promising to be exploited in the future micro- and nano- electronic devices.
Excited to see where this research will lead us!