Prof. Ivan Schuller

• Monday, August 15 - 11:30 hrs.

Prof. Ivan K. Schuller, of the Physics Department, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Center for Advanced Nanoscience (CAN) at the University of California-San Diego, is a Solid State Physicist. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the Chilean, Spanish and Belgian Academies of Sciences, he has won many awards such as the American Physical Society’s Wheatley (1999) and Adler Awards (2003), the German von Humbold prize (2002), the Materials Research Society Medal (2004), the Lawrence Award from the US Department of Energy (2005), a Honoris Causa Doctorate (2005) from the Spanish Universidad Complutense the largest European University, the Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies (2008) and the UCSD Academic Senate Research Lectureship in Science, Engineering and Medicine (2008). He has published more than 480 technical papers and 20 patents, has given more than 350 invited lectures at international conferences and is one of the 100 most cited physicists (out of 500,000) in the last 15 years. Prof. Schuller’s work was mentioned in the justification for the 2007 Nobel Prize ( as a precursor to the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance.

In addition to his scientific activities, Prof. Schuller has extensive science related outreach and artistic activities. He has given numerous public lectures world wide in museums and TV about science to young and old, in several of the 7 languages he speaks. His movie “When Things Get Small” centered on Nanoscience has been translated to Spanish and Portuguese, has won 5 regional EMMYs, 2 TELLYs, a 1st Place Gold Camera Award and a 2nd place at the MRS professional film festival. His play “W=S” centered on the life of William Shockley is in the process of production. He is currently writing the script for his second full-length feature movie “When Things Get Big”.

Prof. Schuller has extensive expertise in the high technology area. He is the head of a group of more than 10 researchers (technicians, students and postdocs), focusing their attention on the basic research of Nanostructured, Organic, Magnetic and Superconducting materials ( As the Director of the AFOSR funded Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) on Integrated Nanosensors ( he lead a group of more than 40 physicists, chemists, bio-chemists and engineers focusing on the development of multiple nanosensors on a chip, with integrated power, limited computation and wireless communications. As one of the founders of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) he was the leader of the Materials and Devices layer ( and currently oversees the operations of Nano3@Calit2 (Nanoscience, Nanoengineering, Nanomedicine) clean room facility at Calit2. He has been a consultant to a variety of governmental commissions and national laboratories in the US, Latin America and Europe and to many commercial enterprises in the high technology area. He is the president of the IMDEA-Nanociencia Foundation which supports Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Spain.


Hybrid Nanostructures:Vortices, Ratchets and Induced Phenomena

Nanostructures are receiving increasing attention in recent years; motivated by the interesting phenomena arising when the physical size becomes comparable to relevant magnetic, superconducting and structural length scales. In addition, a number of important potential applications in the sensors and storage industries have emerged. When magnetic nanostructures are in contact with other dissimilar materials, because their magnetic fields and wave functions extend considerably outside the physical structure they are very susceptible to interactions with the surrounding environment. As a consequence these devices are very susceptible to external stimuli such as light, electric and magnetic fields, pressure, temperature etc. Particularly interesting systems which exhibit unusual properties are: magnetic/nonmagnetic superlattices, exchange biased bilayers, dissimilar organic materials and nanostructured magnetic arrays in contact with superconductors. Often interesting effects such as vortices, ratchets, and/or collective pinning are discovered and unexpectedly lead to novel application.

Work done in collaboration with Y. J. Rosen, D. Perez de Lara, E. M. Gonzalez, I. V. Roshchin, M. Fitzsimmons, D. Altbir, J. L. Vicent, and K. Liu.
Supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).

Prof. Ivan Schuller

Professor of Physics
University of California-San Diego
Physics Department


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