Jordi Sort Viñas

Jordi Sort Viñas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Jordi Sort leads the ‘Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism’ (with ca. 15 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, magnetoelectric and mechanical performance. He received awards from the Catalan and Spanish Physical Societies as well as the Federation of European Materials Societies. So far, Prof. Sort has supervised 20 PhD Theses, has published 364 articles (>12100 citations in WoS, h = 56), has issued 7 patents and has managed 39 research projects, being Coordinator of 2 European Training Networks (ITN), and PI of a CoG, a PoC and an AdG from the ERC.

Research interests

Jordi Sort investigates the nanomechanical, magnetoelectric and nanomagnetic properties of innovative and advanced materials, including lithographed structures, thin films and bulk specimens. Among his most relevant achievements one can mention: the use of nanoindentation and selective ion irradiation to create magnetic structures embedded in non-magnetic matrices; 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 development of advanced biodegradable materials; the characterization of mesoporous materials; the observation of magnetoelectric and magneto-ionic effects in different kinds of heterostructures combining ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic layers; or the use of magneto-ionics for neuromorphic applications. Further information at:

Selected publications

– Ma Z, Fuentes-Rodriguez L, Tan Z, …, Sort J 2023, ‘Wireless magneto-ionics: voltage control of magnetism by bipolar electrochemistry‘, Nat. Commun. 14, 1, 6486.
– Tan Z, Ma Z, Fuentes L, …, Sort J 2023. “Regulating oxygen ion transport at the nanoscale to enable highly cyclable magneto-ionic control of magnetism“, ACS Nano 17, 7, 6973.
– Monalisha P, Ma Z, Pellicer E, Menéndez M, Sort J 2023, “A Multilevel Magnetic Synapse Based on Voltage-Tuneable Magnetism by Nitrogen Ion Migration“, Adv. Electron. Mater. 9, 8, 2300249.
– Martins S, Ma Z, Monfort X, Sodupe M, Santiago L, Menéndez E, Pellicer E, Sort J 2023. ‘Enhancing magneto-ionic effects in Co oxide films by electrolyte engineering‘, Nanoscale Horiz. 8, 118-126.
– de h-Óra M, Nicolenco A, …, Sort J, Driscoll J 2023, ‘Highly Cyclable Voltage Control of Magnetism in Cobalt Ferrite Nanopillars for Memory and Neuromorphic Applications‘, APL Materials 11, 5, 051105.

Selected research activities

– Recipient: ERC Advanced Grant.
– 16 new publications, 1 new patent.
– Associate Editor in APL Materials.
– 3 Plenary, 4 Keynote, 5 invited talks, >20 other contributions at International Conferences.
– Organizer of 4 conferences.
– 3 PhD Thesis completed (+3 ongoing)
– Coordinator: H2020-ETN (‘BeMAGIC’), ERC-AdG, Spanish and Catalan Governments (Retos, Prueba de Concepto, SGR).
– Technical Committee of IEEE Magn. Soc., AdCom MMM, etc.
– Outreach: Twitter, Facebook, Amics UAB, Newtral, Divulcat.