Dr. Alan Molinari joined the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research Zurich in June 2019 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher. His research activities focus on the investigation of Weyl semimetals, a recently-discovered class of topological materials which can potentially outperform conventional materials in terms of energy efficiency and signal interconnectivity for microelectronic and spintronic applications. He is responsible for the growth of Weyl semimetal thin films by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and the characterization of their structural and magnetotransport properties via a variety of experimental techniques. He is currently involved in two European Projects (InNaTo and SCHINES).
Alan Molinari studied Physics at the University of Bologna (UNIBO), where he received his M. Sc. degree (cum laude) in 2012. He carried out his Master Thesis project at the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on the topic of magnesium-based ordered nanodots for hydrogen storage prepared by MBE method.
He worked at INT-KIT until May 2019, first to pursue his Ph. D. in 2018 (awarded summa cum laude from the Technical University of Darmstadt) and then as a Post-Doctoral scientist. During the permanence at INT-KIT, his research interests focused on the topic of electric-field control of magnetism in magnetoelectric composites. In particular, he made experience with the fabrication of complex oxide thin films via magnetron sputtering and pulsed laser deposition. He realized prototypes of magnetoelectric composites by gating magnetic thin films with electrically polarizable materials (e.g. dielectrics, ferroelectrics, ionic liquids).