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Jordi Sort

Jordi Sort

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Engineering Sciences

Jordi Sort leads the ‘Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism’ (with ca. 17 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 16 PhD Theses, has published 330 articles (9950 citations in WoS, h = 49), has issued 6 patents and has managed 33 national/international research projects, being Coordinator of 2 European Training Network (ITN) and a CoG and a PoC from the ERC.

Research interests

Jordi Sort is investigating the nanomechanical, magnetoelectric 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 magnetoelectric and magneto-ionic effects in nanoporous alloys and dense heterostructures; 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; or the characterization of mesoporous materials and onion-type nanoparticles with interlayer magnetic interactions. Further information at:

Selected publications

– J. de Rojas, J. Salguero, F. Ibrahim, M. Chshiev, A. Quintana, A. Lopeandia, O. M. Liedke, M. Butterling, E. Hirschmann, A. Wagner, L. Abad, J. Costa Krämer, E. Menéndez, J. Sort 2021, ‘Magneto-ionics in single-layer transition metal nitrides’, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 13, 26, 30826 – 30834.

– Y. Chen, A. Nicolenco, P. Molet, A. Mihi, E. Pellicer, J. Sort 2021, ‘Magneto-ionic suppression of magnetic vortices’, Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 22, 1, 972.

– A. Nicolenco, M. de h-Óra, C. Yun, J. MacManus-Driscoll, J. Sort 2021, ‘Perspective: Strain-gradient effects in nanoscale-engineered magnetoelectric materials’, APL Mater. 9, 020903.

– C. Navau, J. Sort 2021, ‘Exploiting random phenomena in magnetic materials for data security, logics and neuromorphic computing: Challenges and prospects’, APL Materials, 9, 7, 070903.

– A. Nicolenco, Y. Chen, N. Tsyntsaru, H. Cesiulis, E. Pellicer, J. Sort 2021, ‘Mechanical, magnetic and magnetostrictive properties of porous Fe-Ga films prepared by electrodeposition’, Mater. Des. 208, 109915.

– J. de Rojas et al. 2021, ‘Critical Role of Electrical Resistivity in Magnetoionics’, Phys. Rev. Appl. 16, 3, 034042.

Selected research activities

– Recipient: Duran Farell 2020 Award.

– 18 new publications (12 with ISI WoS I.F. > 5), 3 patents alive.

– Associate Editor in APL Materials.

– Section Editor-in-Chief: Nanomaterials.

– 1 Plenary, 1 Keynote, 7 invited talks, 8 other contributions at International Conferences.

– Organizer of 5 conferences (Program co-chair MMM2022).

– 1 PhD Thesis completed (Excellent cum Laude) (+5 ongoing)

– Coordinator: H2020-ETN (‘BeMAGIC’), ERC-PoC, Spanish and Catalan Governments (Retos, Prueba de Concepto, SGR).

– Technical Committee of IEEE Magn. Soc., AdCom MMM, and ILL (College B5).

– Outreach:Twitter, Facebook, Amics UAB, Newtral, Divulcat.

ICREA Memoir 2021