The recipient of the 2021 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism is Dr Can Onur Avci (Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain) “For outstanding contributions to understand current-induced spin-orbit torques and electrical control of the magnetization in magnetic insulators, and for the discovery of unidirectional spin Hall magnetoresistance.”
Established in 2016, the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism is awarded every year to a young scientist for theoretical or experimental work in fields of fundamental or applied magnetism. This annual award replaces the two prior awards for theoretical/computational work and for experimental work established in 2006, which were awarded every three years at the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM). The award committee consists of members of the IUPAP Commission on Magnetism, together with past recipients of the IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal. All members of the magnetism community were invited to make nominations.
The 2021 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism will be presented to Dr Avci at the 2022 ICM, to be held in Shanghai, China, during July 3-8, 2022.
Dr Can Onur Avci is a principal investigator at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) since February 2021. He received his PhD degree from ETH Zürich in 2015 and was awarded the ETH Medal for the outstanding doctoral thesis. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2016-2018 and at ETH Zürich between 2018 and 2021. He recently received an ERC Starting Grant to develop spintronics devices based on magnetic insulators. His research focuses on spin-orbit-driven phenomena and spin currents in low dimensional systems, electrical control of magnetization, and spintronic memory and logic devices.