Magnetoelectric and chiral effects in 2D magnetic crystals


  • Nadia Binggeli The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics


The newly discovered 2D magnetic van-der-Waals crystals are attracting enormous attention due to their exotic spin-related phenomena and vast potential for spintronic applications. Their atomically thin nature is offering unprecedented opportunities for controlling magnetism and spin-related properties by electrical means as well as by layer-stacking engineering, two particularly promising aspects for applications. Understanding the microscopic mechanisms enabling such control is critical for the design and development of novel devices based on 2D magnetic materials. First-principles density-functional-theory approaches make possible exploring at the atomic scale such spin-related phenomena and the magnetoelectric and spin-lattice effects enabling their control, in order to identify the underlying microscopic mechanisms. I will discuss first-principles results on two such effects: the switching of 2D magnetism by electrostatic doping and the impact of structural chirality on the spin polarization in a 2D ferromagnet. Both highlight the rich interplay of spin-orbit interaction with electronic charge, orbital, and structural degrees of freedom in establishing the effects.

About the Speaker

Nadia Binggeli, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Nadia Binggeli is the Head of the Education Unit at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. Her research interests are in materials modeling, mainly based on ab initio computational methods, to address the fundamental properties of materials for spintronics, multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials. Other main focuses of her research are the physics of low-dimensional systems, surfaces, nanostructures, magnetism, as well as theoretical/computational physics research related to applications of synchrotron radiation techniques in materials science. She obtained her PhD in Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. She was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Supercomputer Institute in Minneapolis, USA. She subsequently became a researcher at EPFL. She has been a research scientist at ICTP since 2007.



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N Binggeli, Magnetoelectric and chiral effects in 2D magnetic crystals, Proceedings of the Samahang Pisika ng Pilipinas 40, SPP-2022-INV-3E-01 (2022). URL: