The prize is aimed at early-career scientists having less than 8 years of research experience after completion of PhD, and an outstanding track record and future potential.
The Commission on Magnetism (C9) of IUPAP has selected Can Onur Avci among many candidates worldwide for his multiple key contributions to the field of magnetism and spintronics throughout his PhD and postdoc appointments. The citation reads:
“For outstanding contributions to understanding and characterizing spin-orbit torques and electrically controlling the magnetization in magnetic insulators, and for the discovery of unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance.”
Established in 2016, the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism is awarded every year to a young scientist for theoretical or experimental work in fields of fundamental or applied magnetism. This annual award replaces the two prior awards for theoretical/computational work and for experimental work established in 2006, which were awarded every three years at the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM). The award committee consists of members of the IUPAP Commission on Magnetism, together with past recipients of the IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal. All members of the magnetism community were invited to make nominations.
The prize ceremony will be held at Shanghai/China in July 3-8, 2022 during the 22nd International Conference on Magnetism (ICM). Dr. Avci will receive a medal, and a monetary award of 1,000 €, and also deliver an invited talk at the conference.
Can Onur Avci has been a principal investigator at ICMAB since February 2021. He received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zürich in 2015 and was awarded the ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral thesis. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 2016-2018 and at ETH Zürich since 2018 until joining the ICMAB. He recently received an ERC Starting Grant to develop spintronics devices based on magnetic insulators.
His research focuses on spin-orbit-driven phenomena and spin currents in low dimensional systems, electrical control of magnetization, and spintronic memory and logic devices. He is now part of Research Line 3: Oxides for new generation electronics, and has recently been awarded with one of the Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects of the Severo Ochoa programme at ICMAB, the "SPIN2FUN" project, in which he and Gervasi Herranz want to study 2D materials and functional oxides for spin generation and manipulation.