Academic Positions

  • Present 2013

    Research Fellow (NWO-Veni)

    Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Topic: Three Torques are better than one

  • 2012 2011

    Research Fellow (NWO-Rubicon)

    University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory, United Kingdom

    Topic: Shifting Spintronics into the Third Dimension

  • 2011 2011

    Research Associate

    University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory, United Kingdom

    Topic: Perpendicular soliton research

  • 2010 2007

    PhD

    Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Topic: Current driven domain wall dynamics

  • 2006 2006

    Master Thesis Internship

    Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Topic: MgO based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

  • 2003 2003

    Bachelor Thesis Internship

    CERN, Geneva, Switserland

    Topic: Modeling the cool down sequence of the LHC

  • 2001 2001

    Internship

    State University of New York, USA

    Topic: Optical interconnect design & testing a Spectrometer for NASA

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2011

    Ph.D. Applied Physics (Dr.)

    Eindhoven University of Technology, Applied Physics

  • MSc. / Ir.2007

    Master of Science / Ingenieur (Ir.)

    Eindhoven University of Technology, Applied Physics

  • B.A. / Ing.2003

    Bachelor of Science / Ingenieur (Ing.)

    Fontys University Eindhoven, Engineering Physics

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2013-2016
    Personal VENI Grant from NWO (250 k€): Three torques are better than one
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    Personal grant currently carried out at the Physics of Nanostructures Group, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    This project delves into unexplored territories of spintronics; control of magnetization-dynamics by using synthetic-multiferroic-heterostructures. My objective is to obtain full-control over the magnetization-dynamics of a (nano-)magnet without using magnetic fields. I foresee that this will result in a novel way of power-efficient and fast-coherent-control of magnetization. This has a huge potential for creating commercial devices (memory, data-storage, logic) and will create new paradigms in the fundamentals of the underlying physics by new ways of probing competing interactions in a cleverly chosen, simple materials/device system.

  • 2012-2013
    Personal Rubicon Grant from NWO (110 k€): Shifting Spintronics into the third dimension
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    Personal grant carried out in the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Spintronics is the research field where the spin-property of the electron is utilized in addition to the charge-property of conventional electronics. Spintronic devices, of common use today in computers, iPods, etc, are essentially 2-dimensional in nature. A truly revolutionary impact would occur if the storage of information shifted to 3-dimensional structures.

    The idea of using topological magnetic solitons for this purpose has been recently proposed by Prof. Russell Cowburn, the Principal Investigator of this proposal. Solitons are topological excitations in the magnetization configuration of magnetic multilayers, when coupled anti-ferromagnetically in a stack by means of non-magnetic materials. The ability of solitons to be coupled with an external rotating magnetic field allows their synchronous propagation within the stack, acting as a shift register. These structures can therefore work as data storage devices, where the presence or absence of a soliton codes the data.

    The innovative idea of this proposal is the use of perpendicularly-to-the-plane magnetized materials (PPMM) for the study of solitons. PPMM have a large and well-known tunable perpendicularly-to-the-plane magnetic anisotropy, becoming ideal candidates for the generation and manipulation of solitons at room temperature.

  • 2011
    Best XL-presentation Award
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    Best presentation award in the PhD's presenting their research project series, awarded by the STOOR student board of the Faculty of Applied Physics, TU/e
  • 2007-2008
    Best Supervisor Award
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    Best supervisor award for giving practicals awarded by the STOOR student board of the Faculty of Applied Physics, TU/e
  • 2006
    Best MSc. Thesis Nomination
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    Nominated for best MSc thesis award 2006 of the Eindhoven University of Technology, title: MgO based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions.