Vassil Skumryev

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Vassil Skumryev is ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He received a PhD from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) in 1983, where he was habilitated in 1991. Prior to joining ICREA in 2003, he had long term appointments, including Visiting Scientist / Professor Positions at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland); University of Delaware (USA); Max-Plank Institute für Metalforschung (Stuttgart, Germany); The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden). He has worked in a broad range of magnetic materials and phenomena publishing over 130 scientific papers (incl. Nature, Physical Review Letters, Physics Reports, Physical Review, Advanced Materials, Applied Physics Letters...).

Research interests

Magnetic Structures and Magnetic Phase Transitions (incl. neutron diffraction studies and such at very high magnetic fields); Magnetoelectric Materials and how the interface phenomena in nanostructures of such materials could allow an additional degree of freedom in device design (e.g. new type memory, where the magnetic state is controlled by an electric field or vice versa); Magnetic Nanostructures with Enhanced Thermal Stability (e.g. for a possible application as high-density recording media); Intrinsic Magnetic Phase Separation; Metal-Based Pharmaceutics (studying the magnetic properties can provide important information for the structure and other properties of such pharmaceuticals); Magnetometry

Selected publications

- Petkov V, Prasai B, Shastri S, Park H-U, Kwon Y-U & Skumryev V 2017, 'Ensemble averaged structure–function relationship for nanocrystals: effective superparamagnetic Fe clusters with catalytically active Pt skin', Nanoscale 9, 15505.

- Urcelay-Olabarria I, Ressouche E, Wang Z, Skourski y, Ivanov VY, Popov YF, Vorobev GP, Balbashov AM, Qureshi N, Garcia-Munoz JL & Skumryev V  2017, 'Magnetic field induced phase transitions and phase diagrams of multiferroic Mn0.95Co0.05WO4 with cycloidal spin structure', Physical Review B, 96, 10, 104435.

Selected research activities

- Research stay at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (“Special Visiting Researcher Fellowship”), Jan-Febr 2017.

- Editorial board member: The European Physical Journal Plus (Springer).

- User Committee Member of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory.