Prof Stefano Sanvito
Email: stefano.sanvito AT tcd.ie
The Computational Spintronics Group, headed by Prof. Stefano Sanvito, aims to develop sophisticated computational methods for simulating nano-scale devices and novel materials, most of which are experimentally investigated in CRANN. In particular, the group is currently developing and maintaining the Smeagol code, a state of the art computational tool based on density functional theory for calculating electronic transport in nanoscale devices. The code is the world leader of its kind and it is freely distributed to academia. At present it counts over 160 users spread over the five continents. Recent flagship projects include the investigation into magnetism in diluted and defective oxides, the development of time-dependent density functional theory for spin-dynamics, the investigation of spin-transport in organic materials and the exploration of 1D nanostructures built over the Si (100) surface. Currently, the group is participating in three European projects respectively on organic spin devices and coordinating two EU projects. They are participating in (HINTS) which focuses on oxides interfaces for spintronics (iFOX) and on the development of novel gas sensors (Internet).
Prof Stefano Sanvito completed his undergraduate studies in Milan (Italy), before moving to the University of Lancaster (UK), where he obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics. In 2002 he joined the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin as a contract lecturer, after having spent two successful years as post-doctoral fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara (USA). In 2006 he became Associate Professor in Physics and in 2009 CRANN Deputy Director. At Trinity College Dublin he created the Computational Spintronics Group, a large and dynamical theoretical/computational research group that investigates elementary properties of materials and of nano-devices using computer simulations. He is the author of over hundred and fifty publications including pioneering works on molecular spin-valves and on the ferromagnetism of diluted magnetic semiconductors. Prof Sanvito is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Deputy Director of CRANN.