Jordi Sort

Jordi Sort

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Jordi Sort leads the ‘Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism’ (with 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 15 PhD Theses, has published 320 articles (8930 citations in ISI WoS, h = 46), has issued 6 patents and has managed 31 national/international research projects, being Coordinator of two European Training Network (ITN) and a CoG and a PoC 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 and magneto-ionic 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 development of advanced biodegradable materials; the characterization of mesoporous materials and onion-type nanoparticles with interlayer magnetic interactions. Further information at:

Selected publications

- De Rojas J, Quintana A, Lopeandía A, Salguero J, Muñiz B, Ibrahim F, Chshiev M, Nicolenco A, Liedke M O, Butterling M, Wagner A, Sireus V, Abad L, Jensen C J, Liu K, Nogués J, Costa-Krämer J L, Menéndez E, Sort J 2020 'Voltage-driven motion of nitrogen ions: a new paradigm for magneto-ionics', Nat. Commun., 11, 5871.

- De Rojas J, Quintana A, Lopeandía A, Salguero J, Costa-Krämer JL, Abad L, Liedke MO, Butterling M, Wagner A, Henderick L, Dendooven J, Detavernier C, Sort J, Menéndez E 2020, "Boosting room-temperature magneto-ionics in a non-magnetic oxide semiconductor", Adv. Funct. Mater. 30, 2003704.

- Nicolenco A, Gómez A, Chen X.Z., Menéndez E, Fornell J, Pané S, Pellicer E, Sort J 2020. 'Strain gradient mediated magnetoelectricity in Fe-Ga/P(VDF-TrFE) multiferroic bilayers integrated on silicon', Appl. Mater. Today, 19, 100579.

- Foerster M, Menéndez E, Coy E, Quintana A, Gómez-Olivella C, Esqué de los Ojos D, Vallcorba O, Frontera C, Aballe L, Nogués J, Sort J, Fina I, "Local manipulation of metamagnetism by strain nanopatterning", Mater. Horizons, 7, 2056 - 2062.

- Eiler K, Suriñach S, Sort J, Pellicer E 2020, 'Mesoporous Ni-rich Ni-Pt Thin Films: Electrodeposition, Characterization and Performance toward Hydrogen Evolution Reaction in Acidic Media', Appl. Catal. B 265, 118597.

Selected research activities

- Elected 'Fellow' of the Institute of Physics (IoP, UK).

- Recipient of the Duran Farell Award (UPC, Naturgy).

- 17 new publications (13 with ISI WoS I.F. > 6), 3 patents alive, 1 submitted this year.

- Associate Editor in APL Materials.

- Section Editor-in-Chief in Nanomaterials.

- 12 invited talks at International Conferences.

- Organizing Committee of 7 workshops/conferences.

- 2 PhD Theses completed (Excellent cum Laude) (+5 ongoing)

- Coordinator: H2020-ETN (‘BeMAGIC’), ERC-CoG, ERC-PoC, Spanish and Catalan Governments (Retos, Llavor, SGR).

- Technical Committee of IEEE Magnetics Society and ILL (College B5).

- Research highlighted at TV1, TV3, Divulcat, etc.