Jordi Sort leads the ‘Group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism’ (comprising around 20 researchers) as an ICREA Research Professor at UAB. After finishing his PhD in 2002 in the field of “magnetic interfacial effects” (Extraordinary Award), Prof. Sort performed two postdoctoral stays, at SPINTEC (Grenoble) and at Argonne National Laboratory. His research is focused on a wide variety of materials (thin films, lithographed structures, porous materials and nanocomposites) with emphasis on their magnetic and mechanical performance. He received awards from the Catalan and Spanish Physical Societies as well as the Federation of European Materials Societies. At present, Prof. Sort has supervised 10 PhD Theses, has published 263 articles (6000 citations in ISI, h = 37), has issued 5 patents and has managed 25 national/international research projects, being Coordinator of an European Training Network (ITN) and a Consolidator Grant from the ERC.
Jordi Sort is investigating the nanomechanical and nanomagnetic properties of innovative and advanced materials, including lithographed structures, thin films and bulk specimens. Among his most relevant recent achievements one can mention: the use of nanoindentation and selective ion irradiation to create magnetic structures embedded in non-magnetic matrices; observation of magneto-electric effects in nanoporous alloys; the ductilization of metallic glasses by development of nanostructured morphologies; the growth of new types of coatings with enhanced mechanical, magnetic, corrosion-resistance and catalytic properties; the characterization of mesoporous materials and onion-type nanoparticles with interlayer magnetic interactions; the development of advanced biodegradable materials for orthopedic implants; the characterization of remotely-actuated magnetic nanowires for biomedical applications. Further information at: http://jsort-icrea.uab.cat/index.htm.
Key wordsnanomagnetism, nanomechanics, lithographed systems, nanocomposites, spintronics, nanotechnology