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Tuesday, 09 October, 2012

Chorafas Prize 2012 for Mathias Weiler

Mathias Weiler of Walther Meißner Institute (WMI) has been awarded the year 2012 prize of the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation in recognition of his work on "Magnon-Phonon Interactions in Ferromagnetic Thin Films".

Mathias Weiler joined WMI in December 2006 when he started his diploma thesis on the "Magnetization Control in Multiferroic Heterostructures". After completing his diploma thesis in December 2008, he started a Ph.D. project on "Magnon-Phonon Interactions in Ferromagnetic Thin Films", which he completed in May 2012 with distinction. In his doctoral thesis, Mathias Weiler made outstanding contributions to the new fields of spin electronics and spin caloritronics by several pioneering experiments, important technological developments as well as numerical simulations. His pioneering work on radio frequency spin mechanics, spin pumping and spatially resolved spin caloritronics is of fundamental importance for future spintronic devices which may find broad application in data storage, logic circuits and sensors. His work resulted in several high level articles, including 3 publications in the high profile journal Physical Review Letters with him as the first author. His work attracted tremendous international interest and resulted in two invited talks in 2012 at international conferences.

The research work of Mathias Weiler was supported by the German Excellence Initiative via the Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) and the German Research Foundation (project GO 944/4-1).

Since 1996, the awards of the Chorafas Foundation are granted directly to prize winners selected by partner Universities in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. These awards target the best doctorate students chosen by each partner University and confirmed by the Board of the Foundation.

Each award is of USD 4'000. Selection is made among a statistically valid sample of candidates. There have been 20 to 30 prizes per year, the exact number depending on the candidates retained for the prizes by the partner Universities. As of today, there are 26 partner Universities in 15 countries. In Germany, the partner universities are the Technical University of Munich and the Technical University of Berlin.

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