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 13 PhD Theses, has published 284 articles (6830 citations in ISI, h = 39), has issued 5 patents and has managed 27 national/international research projects, being Coordinator of an European Training Network (ITN) and a Consolidator Grant from the ERC.

Research interests

Jordi Sort is 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, Menendez E, Liedke MO, Butterling M, Wagner A, Sireus V, Torruella P, Estrade S, Peiro F, Dendooven J, Detavernier C, Murray PD, Gilbert DA, Liu K, Pellicer E, Nogues J & Sort J 2018, ‘Voltage-Controlled ON-OFF Ferromagnetism at Room Temperature in a Single Metal Oxide Film’, ACS Nano, 12, 10, 10291 – 10300.

– Dislaki E, Robbennolt S, Campoy-Quiles M, Nogués J, Pellicer E & Sort J 2018, ‘Coercivity modulation in Fe-Cu pseudo-ordered porous films controlled by an applied voltage’, Advanced Science, 1800499.

– Robbennolt S, Quintana A, Pellicer E, Sort J 2018, ‘Large magnetoelectric effects mediated by electric-field-driven nanoscale phase trans-formations in sputtered (nanoparticulate) and electrochemically dealloyed (nanoporous) Fe-Cu films’, Nanoscale, 10, 30, 14570 – 14578.

– Zhang J, Quintana A, Menéndez E, Coll M, Pellicer E & Sort J 2018, ‘Electrodeposited Ni-based magnetic mesoporous films as smart surfaces for atomic layer deposition’, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces vol. 10, no. 17, pp. 14877-14885.

– Quintana A, Menéndez E, Isaraín-Chavez E, Fornell J, Solsona P, Fauth F, Baró MD, Nogués J, Pellicer E & Sort J 2018, ‘Tunable magnetism in nanoporous CuNi alloys by reversible voltage-driven element-selective redox processes’, Small, vol. 14, no. 21, 1704396.

– Li Z, Lopez-Ortega A, Aranda-Ramos A, Tajada JL, Sort J, Nogues C, Vavassori P, Nogues J & Sepulveda B 2018, ‘Simultaneous local heating/htermometry based on plasmonic magnetochromic nanoheaters’, Small vol. 14, no. 24, 1800868.

Selected research activities

– 33 publications (27 in indexed journals, 10 with ISI I.F. > 7, 3 book chapters, 1 Cover).

– Editorial Board of 6 ISI journals.

– 17 invited talks at International Conferences.

– 3 patents (alive).

– Organizer/Scientific Committee of 8 conferences.

– Supervisor of 3 Theses defended in 2018.

– Research highlighted/Interviews in TVE, Divulcat, GEFES.

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