Jordi Sort

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Jordi Sort leads the ‘Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism’ (comprising around 20 researchers) as an ICREA Research Professor at UAB. After finishing his PhD in 2002 in the field of “magnetic interfacial effects” (Extraordinary Award), Prof. Sort performed two postdoctoral stays, at SPINTEC (Grenoble) and at Argonne National Laboratory. His research is focused on a wide variety of materials (thin films, lithographed structures, porous materials and nanocomposites) with emphasis on their magnetic and mechanical performance. He received awards from the Catalan and Spanish Physical Societies as well as the Federation of European Materials Societies. At present, Prof. Sort has supervised 10 PhD Theses, has published 263 articles (6000 citations in ISI, h = 37), has issued 5 patents and has managed 25 national/international research projects, being Coordinator of an European Training Network (ITN) and a Consolidator Grant from the ERC.

Research interests

Jordi Sort is currently investigating the nanomechanical and nanomagnetic properties of innovative and advanced materials, including lithographed structures, thin films and bulk specimens. Among his most relevant recent achievements one can mention: the use of nanoindentation and selective ion irradiation to create magnetic structures embedded in non-magnetic matrices; observation of magneto-electric effects in nanoporous alloys; the ductilization of metallic glasses by development of nanostructured morphologies; the growth of new types of coatings with enhanced mechanical, magnetic, corrosion-resistance and catalytic properties; the characterization of mesoporous materials and onion-type nanoparticles with interlayer magnetic interactions; the development of advanced biodegradable materials for orthopedic implants; the characterization of remotely-actuated magnetic nanowires for biomedical applications. Further information at:

Selected publications

- Quintana A, Zhang J, Isaraín-Chávez E, Menéndez E, Cuadrado R, Robles R, Baró MD, Guerrero M, Pané S, Nelson BJ, Müller CM, Ordejón P, Nogués J, Pellicer E & Sort J 2017, 'Voltage-induced coercivity reduction in nanoporous alloy films: a boost towards energy-efficient magnetic actuation', Adv Funct Mater, 27, 1701904.

- Cordero-Edwards K, Domingo N, Abdollahi A, Sort JCatalan G 2017, 'Ferroelectric as smart mechanical materials', Adv Mater, 29, 1702210.

- Jang B, Hong A, Kang H, Alcantara C, Charreyron S, Mushtaq F, Pellicer E, Buchel R, Sort J, Lee S, Nelson BJ & Pané S 2017, 'Multiwavelength Light-Responsive Au/B-TiO2 Janus Micromotors', ACS Nano, 11, 6146-6154.

- Isarain-Chávez E, Baró MD, Pellicer E & Sort J 2017, 'Micelle-assisted electrodeposition of highly mesoporous Fe-Pt nodular films with soft magnetic and electrocatalytic properties', Nanoscale, 9, 18081-18093.

- Fina I, Quintana A, Padilla-Pantoja J, Marti X, Macia F, Sanchez F, Foerster M, Aballe L, Fontcuberta J & Sort J 2017, 'Electric-Field-Adjustable Time-Dependent Magnetoelectric Response in Martensitic FeRh Alloy', ACS Appl Mater & Interfaces, 9, 15577-15582.

- Farhadi-Khouzani M, Schütz C, Durak GM, Fornell J, Sort J, Salazar-Alvarez G, Bergström L & Gebauer D 2017, 'A CaCO3/nanocellulose-based bioinspired nacre-like material', J Mater Chem A, 5, 16128-16133.

- Fan J, Guerrero M, Carretero-Genevrier A, Baró MD, Suriñach S, Pellicer E & Sort J 2017, 'Evaporation-induced self-assembly synthesis of Ni-doped mesoporous SnO2 thin films with tunable room temperature magnetic properties', J Mater Chem C, 5, 5517-5527.

Selected research activities

- 35 publications (31 in WoS journals, 3 book chapters).

- Editorial Board of 5 ISI journals.

- 11 invited talks at International Conferences.

- 1 new patent.

- Organizer/Scientific Committee of 3 conferences.

- Supervisor of 3 Theses defended in 2017.

- Research highlighted/Interviews in RTVE, La Cope.

- 3 Covers in journals issues.

- Coordinator: H2020-ITN (SELECTA), ERC-CoG (SPIN-PORICS), MINECO (Retos), SGR.