|Name Nicola Spaldin|
Nicola spaldin professor of materials theory at eth zurich
Nicola Ann Spaldin (born 1969) FRS is Professor of Materials Theory at ETH Zurich, known for her pioneering research on multiferroics.
- Nicola spaldin professor of materials theory at eth zurich
- Nicola spaldin winner of the k rber european science prize 2015
- Education and early life
- Career and research
- Awards and honours
Nicola spaldin winner of the k rber european science prize 2015
Education and early life
A native of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, Spaldin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1991, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.
Career and research
Spaldin was inspired to search for multiferroics, magnetic ferroelectric materials, by a remark about potential collaboration made by a colleague studying magnetic phenomena during her postdoctoral research studying ferroelectrics at Yale University from 1996 to 1997. She continued to study the theory of these materials as a new faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and in 2000 published "a seminal article" that for the first time explained why few such materials were known. In 2003 she was part of a team that experimentally demonstrated the multiferroic properties of bismuth ferrite. She moved from UCSB to ETH Zurich in 2010.
Awards and honours
Spaldin is the 2015 winner of the Körber European Science Prize for "laying the theoretical foundation for the new family of multiferroic materials". Spaldin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2008) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013), and the 2010 winner of the American Physical Society's James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials. She was one of the laureates of the 2017 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.