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Recruited ESRs

BeMAGIC has recruited 15 Early Stage Researches (ESRs) who will be hosted at the 13 Beneficiary institutions and trained in the framework of the network. Information about each of the ESRs is shown below.

ESR 1 - Sofia Martins (UAB)

I am currently a predoctoral fellow at UAB funded by the BeMAGIC project. My PhD research focus is the study of magnetoelectric effects in oxide materials (basically Co3O4, Fe3O4), with different microstructures, prepared by evaporation-induced self-assembly, sputtering and electrodeposition. I, with a strong background in Microtechnologies and Nanofabrication, have an Integrated Master Degree in Micro and Nanotechnology Engineering from NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL). My master thesis on “Optimization of Printed TIPS-Pentacene Thin-Film Applied on OFET Technology’’ was developed in São Carlos Institute of Physics at São Paulo University. In my first year of carrier I worked in Amkor, high-quality semiconductor packaging and test services industry in Vila do Conde, Portugal, where I joined the R&D team as Integrator Engineer. From 2018 to 2020 I was working as Cleanroom Engineer in International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) at Braga, Portugal, as responsible to develop micro and nanofabrication processes to advanced silicon machining at wafer scale to produce MEMS devices, sensors, to functionalize surfaces, etc. for a large spectrum of applications.

ESR 2 - Zhengwei Tan (UAB)

I obtained my B.Sc. in Materials Science from Wuhan University of Science and Technology in 2017 and my M.Sc. from South China Normal University in 2020. My studies mainly focused on polarization-controlled transport phenomena in ferroelectric oxides, e.g., ferroelectric photovoltaic effect and ferroelectric resistive switching effect and flexible inorganic functional oxides on mica substrates for wearable electronics. I have published three works as first author in NPG Asia Mater., Appl. Phys. Lett. and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces respectively, and co-authored research papers published in Physical Review Applied and Advanced Materials. My Ph.D. position at UAB is funded by the European ITN BeMAGIC project, where I am working on tailoring the exchange bias properties in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic systems via strain mediated and magneto-ionic effects.

ESR 3 - Uday Gajera (CNR)

After finishing my bachelor in mechanical engineering, I worked for one and a half years in the industry. Then, I started my master in materials science simulation in Ruhr University, Germany. Simultaneously, I also worked in the biggest research institute in Germany, Max-Planck institute, where I gained expertise in quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics simulations collaboration with diverse data mining and machine learning techniques. Currently, I am working with Prof. Silvia Picozzi at CNR-SPIN (Italy) on the simulation of Multiferroic material systems.

ESR 4 - Muireann de h-Óra (UCAM)

I obtained my undergraduate joint-honours degree in Mathematics and Physics from University College Cork (2016-2020). While my undergraduate foundation was heavily computational and analytical, my experience and interests lie in experimental research and programming. During my internship in Tyndall National Institute, my research consisted of testing Fabry-Pérot devices for their laser characteristics, and as part of the Naughton REU Fellowship in Notre Dame, I worked on a spectroscopic photoresponse system for measuring semiconductor heterostructure band-offsets. I then focused my final year thesis on the characterisation of photonic integrated circuits used for phase modulation. As part of the BeMAGIC project, I am now developing inorganic-organic multiferroics for flexible electronics and biomedical applications in the University of Cambridge.

ESR 5 - Gajanan Pradhan (IRNIM)

I am a PhD student in University of Turin (Università degli Studi di Torino), Italy, funded by the BeMAGIC project. My current field of research is focused on the electric field induced reversal of magnetization in multiferroic topological nanostructures for low-power magneto-electronics and ultra-secure storage devices. My past research works were related to domain wall and skyrmion dynamics in interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (i-DMI) systems. I am very interested in working on multiferroics due to its exciting applications in nanodevices where electric field usage is more convenient than electric current since it produces negligible heating effect.

ESR 6 - Weijia Zhu (AALTO)

I obtained my bachelor degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Science and Technology Beijing. Afterwards, I was awarded a full scholarship to continue my studies in nanoscience at the University of Groningen. My previous research experience has been in photovoltaics, spintronics and biomedicine. I joined the BeMAGIC network in July 2020, as a doctoral candidate at the Nanospin Group, Aalto University. I am currently working on low-power electric field control of spin waves in multiferroics.

ESR 7 - Zhibo Zhao (KIT)

I am Zhibo Zhao from Northeast China. I got my bachelor degree of metallurgical engineering in Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) in June 2017. I was admitted to the master degree of material science in University of Science and Technology of China (Hefei, China) in July 2017. I am an outgoing and enthusiastic person. I love making new friends and exploring new life. To be a member of Be-magic project under MSCA is truly a privilege and a satisfaction. I love Europe and regard European Union as an important and Influential role in the whole world in terms of politics, economy, science, technology and culture. Regarding the host country, Germany is my favorite foreign country. Now I can’t wait to start my new journey!

ESR 8 - Maksim Kutuzau (IFW)

I was born in Minsk, Belarus. In 2017 I graduated from the Chemical Faculty of the Belarusian State University. In 2019 I got my master's degree in physics in the Graduate School of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. At the same time, from 2017 to 2020, I worked as a Junior Researcher in Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre NAS of Belarus. Since March 2020 I am ESR in Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden, Germany. I speak five languages: Belarusian, German, English, Ukrainian and Russian.

ESR 9 - Huimin Chen (ETHZ)

I received my bacherlor’s degree in Measurement Technology and Instrument from the North university of China in 2015 and my master’s degree in Instrument and Meter Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2019. My previous works focus on the locomotion of centimeter-scale robots, including steering, repeated jumping and elevation controllable jumping. I’m currently a Ph.D. student at ETHz funded by the BeMAGIC project. My role in the project involves research on magnetoelectric (ME) particles, including optimising photocurable magnetoeletric inks, integrating 3D printing and electromagnetic systems, and enabling the direct 3D printing of ready-to-use and responsive active systems.

ESR 10 - Joaquim Llacer Wintle (ETHZ)

I was born in Girona, the north-east corner of Spain in June 1996. I graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where I received my B.Sc. in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. In my last semester, I had an Erasmus internship at University of Twente, Netherlands, where I developed bioinspired nanostructures capable of self-assembling into efficient catalyzers. After my positive experience with Research in Twente, I returned to Barcelona where I joined the M.Sc. Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences. During this Master’s degree, organized by the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), I joined the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and majored in the development of enzyme-powered nanomotors in physiological environments and their characterization with super-resolution microscopy. Attracted by ETH Zürich’s application-oriented Research and its expertise in the field of robotics and materials, I joined the MSRL group as a PhD Student in February 2020. My research is focused on magneto-electric materials for biomedical applications and I am optimistic about finding new exciting applications for these materials. My main interests outside the lab are surfing, playing handball, hiking with friends and actually any kind of sport. I also enjoy spending time building and flying drones or anything related to assembling and disassembling things.

ESR 11 - Filippos Perdikos (ICN2)

I received my bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Brighton in 2016 and my master’s degree in Electrical Power from Newcastle University in 2017. I have been involved with the University of Manchester (2018) as well as FOSS Research centre for Sustainable Energy (2019), researching PV Systems, Smart Grids, Grid Integration, Storage Technologies etc. My role in the BeMAGIC project involves research on magnetostrictive-piezoelectric nanoparticles for deep neural (muscle) wireless stimulation, for synthesis of biocompatible multiferroic particles and magnetoelectric actuation using relatively low AC magnetic fields for non-invasive muscle/deep brain stimulation.

ESR 12 - Hidelberto Macedo-Zamudio (VOXALYTIC)

I was born in 1988 in Mexico City, Mexico. I received the B. Eng. degree in communications and electronics engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico in 2013, and the M. Sc. degree in telecommunication engineering in 2018 from the same institute. Currently, I have been hired by Voxalytic GmbH, Germany, as a Development engineer and I am pursuing a Ph.D. at the Laboratory for Microactuators, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, as part of BeMAGIC project. My research focuses on the use of magneto-electric materials to enhance wireless power transmission.

ESR 13 - Stratis Matsoukis (G.TEC)

I am an Electrical and Computer Engineer holding a Diploma (MSc equiv.) from the University of Patras. During my studies I was interested in the physics of electric and magnetic properties of materials, and my thesis subject was a simulation for a transformer core. I have also completed a Master in Lighting Design where I had the chance to delve into optics, electromagnetic spectrum and its perception by human. I have worked as an engineer in large scale projects and in various fields of the industrial automation domain, specializing in electrical design and low-level programming. Currently, I am working in the field of brain-computer interfaces in G.tec as an ESR for BeMAGIC and planning to implement a miniaturized multi-channel magnetoelectric stimulation system.


I was born in Hotan, Xinjiang, the western region of China. I obtained my B.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing Tech University (2009-2013). Afterwards, I worked for almost 4 years mainly in the manufacturing industry in China. In August 2020, I obtained my M.Sc in Materials Science from RWTH-Aachen (2017-2020). During my master, I studied and worked as a freelancer as a web & software developer from October 2016 to March 2021. In the last one and a half years (2019-2020) of my master, I worked in the Institute of Biological Information Processing, Bioelectronics (IBI-3), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz, and was focused on the flexible micro-electrode arrays for biosensor applications. Currently, I have started my Ph.D. involved in the BeMagic program at Spin-Ion Technologies, which is a start-up company that is hosted by the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N) at University of Paris-Saclay. I am involved in boosting magneto-ionics in spintronic devices by using ion irradiation and implantation.

ESR 15 - Eleftherios Niapos (TTS)

I come from the island of Thasos, Greece. I received my bachelor degree in Physics and my master degree in Chemistry and Materials Technology from the University of Ioannina. After defending my master thesis, I started a short term internship in the National Institute of Materials Physics in Romania. Currently, I have been employed in TTS, s.r.o., Czech Republic as an ESR for the BeMAGIC project. Under the project, my research is focused on upscaling the growth of metal/oxide bilayer systems for non-volatile magnetoelectric effects and optimizing the non-volatile magnetoelectric effects for memory applications.