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The Doctoral Thesis Award will be given away on November 11

News: Nov 09, 2015

The Faculty of Science doctoral thesis award in 2015 goes to Ezio Iacocca, Department of Physics. Congratulations!

How does it feel to receive the doctoral thesis award of the year?
It feels great! I believe that it is very important to strive for excellence in a research environment. Receiving the Faculty of Science award for the best thesis of the year reaffirms this belief and it is nothing but a motivation to set the standard even higher in my current and future research.

What is your research about?
I research on magnetism at the nanoscale, specifically how an electric current interacts with magnetism and the subsequent dynamical effects. The main purpose of this research is to push the limits of our technology and exploit the features of magnetic materials for future applications in communication technology and computer memory. I find the complexity of the problem really exciting, so it is fundamental to combine numerical simulations, theory, and experiments making it truly interdisciplinary.

What are the challenges within your field of research?
The field of nano-magnetism has been very active over the last decade, so the challenges have changed over time. I would say that the main challenge is for the researchers to be innovative; to take the pieces of information available from theory, simulations, and experiments and put them together in a way to propose novel perspectives to take advantage of the magnetic properties of materials.

What can society learn from your research?
Magnetic materials are at the core of electronic devices and my research represents one of the paths to bring about a new generation of components that can potentially improve our electronics in terms of speed and power management.

The Faculty of Science thesis award will be awarded on the Faculty Day on November 11.




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