Forthcoming Events

16.12.2021 - 21.12.2021, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
01.06.2022 - 30.06.2022, Grindelwald, Switzerland
27.06.2022 - 29.06.2022, University College London, UK


Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules
#NCCRWomen- NCCR MUST celebrates 50 years women’s right to vote in Switzerland
Kick-Off dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences- with Ursula Keller as plenary speaker
Four new scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui / Milne / Beaud / Staub, by Wolf / Röthlisberger, by Wörner, and Keller
Photon Science Roadmap- for Research Infrastructures 2025-2028 by the Swiss Photon Community
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Ursula Keller Dual-comb laser driven terahertz spectrometer for industrial sensing (DC-THz)
Majed Chergui - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Ruth Signorell - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Farewell and Welcome!Chris Milne leaves for the European XFEL, Camila Bacellar takes over
Dr. Elsa Abreu, Johnson Group, ETH Zurich
IntraMUST Women Postdoc Awardee


Research: My postodoctoral research at ETH focuses on investigating the ultrafast dynamics of complex materials, in particular multiferroics. Complex materials are characterized by a variety of phases that originate from a strong interplay between different degrees of freedom. The unique properties arising from these interactions are interesting not only from a fundamental perspective but also from the point of view of applications that make use of their inherent multifunctionality. Multiferroics have drawn particular attention due to the coupling between electric and magnetic excitations they exhibit, which enables control of both the polarization and the magnetization using either electric or magnetic fields. The goal of my project is to investigate switching dynamics in multiferroic systems using mostly optical and THz techniques, complemented by x-ray spectroscopic and structural measurements. Ultrafast experiments track the evolution of specific properties in the system following a well defined excitation, both of which can be controlled by a careful choice of pump and probe characteristics. This approach will allow us to selectively investigate the magnetization dynamics in different multiferroic materials. Comparing the photoinduced response of different multiferroics following optical or THz excitation additionally acts as a test to the generality of our conclusions regarding the relevant mechanisms and timescales.

Contact details
NCCR MUST Office : ETHZ IQE/ULP-HPT H3 | Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1 | 8093 Zurich | E-Mail | +41 44 633 36 02
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