Spintronics Thought Leaders

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Spintronics Thought Leaders (1)

Some of the most renowned thought leaders in the area of spintronics include Albert Fert, Tomas Jungwirth, Stefano Sanvito, Vincent Baltz, Gen Tatara, Sandeep Kumar, Irene D'Amico, Olena Gomonay, Felix Buot, and Wenqing Liu. Below is a complete listing for each professional.

#1: Wenqing Liu

  • Email: Wenqing.Liu@rhul.ac.uk
  • Website: Link to her official profile at the University of London
  • Brief resume: Wenqing Liu is a Reader and Head in Nano-Electronics at the Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on spintronics and condensed matter. She is also the Director of Research and Chair of the departmental research committee.
  • She has numerous publications in high-impact journals such as "Hybrid spintronic materials: Growth, structure, and properties" and a recent book titled "Spintronic 2D Materials."

#2: Gen Tatara

  • Email: gen.tatara@riken.jp 
  • Website and research profile link. 
  • Brief resume: He is the team leader, Spin Physics Theory Research Team at RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science. His research focuses on the development of spintronics technology using spin electrons and realization of ultrafast and high-density information technology with low energy consumption.
  • He has numerous research articles and recently was the lead author on the published paper titled "Effective gauge field theory of spintronics."

#3: Vincent Baltz

  • Email: vincent.baltz@cea.fr
  • Website: Link to his official profile at SPINTEC
  • Brief resume: Vincent Baltz is a research scientist at SPINTEC a leading spintronics research laboratory. His research focuses on materials for spintronic devices, specifically on two distinct aspects involving antiferromagnetic materials: ferromagnet/antiferromagnet exchange bias interactions and spin-dependent transport in antiferromagnets.
  • He was the lead author in one of his most cited publications titled "Antiferromagnetic spintronics."

#4: Sandeep Kumar

  • Email: skumar@engr.ucr.edu
  • Website: Link to his University of California profile
  • Brief resume: Sandeep Kumar is an Assistant Professor at the University of California. He is also a principal Investigator focusing on aspects such as spin mediated thermal transport in semiconductors, spin-hall effect and emergent behavior, and spin mediated thermal energy conversion, advances in spintronics technology among others.
  • He co-authored an article titled "Spin-Driven Emergent Antiferromagnetism and Metal-Insulator Transition in Nanoscale p-Si." Some of his other notable publications include "Spin phonon interactions and magneto-thermal transport behavior in p-Si" and "Spin-Hall effect and emergent antiferromagnetic phase transition in n-Si."

#5: Irene D'Amico

  • Email: irene.damico@york.ac.uk
  • Website: Link to her University of York profile
  • Brief resume: Prof. Irene D'Amico is a professor at the University of York with expertise in spintronics, quantum information/computation, nanostructures, and semiconductors.
  • She was the lead author in a recently published paper demonstrating new concepts in spintronics titled "Chirality and intrinsic dissipation of spin modes in two-dimensional electron liquids."

#6: Stefano Sanvito

  • Email: stefano.sanvito@tcd.ie
  • Website and profile link.
  • Brief resume: Professor Stefano Sanvito is the current chair of the Computational Spintronics Group, which develops new algorithms for materials and device modeling and applies them to problems underpinning information technology. He is also the chair of Director of the Center for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and the Condensed Matter Theory at Trinity College Dublin.
  • He is renowned for the development of the Smeagol code and has also won international awards related to his research.

#7: Olena V. Gomonay

  • Email: ogomonay@uni-mainz.de
  • Website link.
  • Brief resume: Professor Olena Gomonay is a scientific researcher at SPICE-INSPIRE group, Germany. Her research interests focus on spintronics of antiferromagnets, spin-transport in multilayers, and nonequilibrium magnetic dynamics of antiferromagnets among others.
  • She was the lead author in a published paper titled "Concepts of antiferromagnetic spintronics."

#8: Felix Buot

  • Email: fbuot@gmu.edu
  • Website: Link to his profile at George Mason University.
  • Brief resume: He is an Affiliate Research Professor at George Mason University, Center for Computational Materials Science. His research interests include nonequilibrium quantum super-field theoretical techniques in nanoscience, nanoelectronics, and spintronics, Kapitza resistance, nano-devices, and quantum computing topological insulators/superconductors, among others.
  • He was the lead author in a recently published paper that provides approximations of the quantum simulations of spintronics devices titled "Generalized nonequilibrium quantum transport of spin and pseudospins: Entanglements and topological phases."

#9: Albert Fert

  • Email: albert.fert@thalesgroup.com
  • Website and profile at CNRS/Thales
  • Brief resume: He is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Sud and Scientific Director at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS-Thales. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), recognized as the birth of spintronics and other research fields.
  • He has numerous publications with high impact scores and citations and he was the lead author in a recently published paper titled "Spintronics, from giant magnetoresistance to magnetic skyrmions and topological insulators spintronique, de la magnétorésistance géante aux skyrmions magnétiques et isolants topologiques."

#10: Tomas Jungwirth

  • Email: tomas.jungwirth@nottingham.ac.uk (Source 22).
  • Website and profile at the University of Nottingham (Source 22).
  • Brief resume: He is with the Department of Spintronics and Nanoelectronics Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and a Professor at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include electronic properties of semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures, metal and semiconductor spintronics, carrier-induce ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic semiconductors, and quantum, anomalous, and spin Hall effects.
  • He was the lead author in a published paper titled "The multiple directions of antiferromagnetic spintronics."

Research Strategy

To identify renowned people/thought leaders in the area of spintronics, the research team focused the search on researchers/scientists and other professionals in the field of spintronics who published frequently, held prestigious positions at universities or were leaders in spintronics-related businesses. The search included reviews of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed publications sites such as Elsevier's Scopus, Science Direct, Research Gate, Elsevier Mendeley, and Web of Science. We were able to identify peer-reviewed articles with high impact scores and citations. These were the key factors that aided the identification of renowned people/thought leaders.

The h-index was utilized as a metric to identify the impact of the author(s) scientific publication which signifies the significance of their work. In addition, the number of thought leaders citation was also used to gauge the most published, total number of citations in peer-reviewed publications. Since different databases provide different h-index estimates, Elsevier Mendeley, which is updated daily, was used to locate the h-index and a total number of citations for each identified person in the area of spintronics.

Below are the h-index estimates and the total number of citations for each of the thought leaders identified.
*Albert Fert: h-index of 84 and 37,439 total citations.
*Tomas Jungwirth: h-index of 58 and 15,087 total citations.
*Stefano Sanvito: h-index of 36 and 7,055 total citations.
*Vincent Baltz: h-index of 30 and 3,709 total citations.
*Gen Tatara: h-index of 29 and 5,130 total citations.
*Sandeep Kumar: h-index of 25 and 3,015 total citations.
*Irene D'Amico: h-index of 24 and 1,976 total citations.
*Olena Gomonay: h-index of 17 and 1,112 total citations.
*Felix Buot: h-index of 16 and 1,304 total citations.
* Wenqing Liu: h-index of 11 and 315 total citations.

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Spintronics Thought Leaders (2)

Spintronics thought leaders include Stuart Parkin, John Gregg, Bart van Wees, Jian-Ping Wang, Tomasz Dietl, JMD Coey, Jairo Sinova, Lu Sham and Julie Gollier. A complete listing is provided below for each individual.

#1: Stuart Parkin

  • Email: Stuart.Parkin@us.ibm.com
  • Website: Link to his profile at IBM Almaden Research Center.
  •  Brief resume: Stuart Parkin has taught at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and was a Director at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics. He has authored over 400 papers and has over 90 issued patents.
  • Mr. Parkin has recently coauthored "Higher-order topological insulators."

#2: John Gregg

  • Email: John.Gregg@physics.ox.ac.uk
  •  Website: Link to his profile at University of Oxford.
  •  Brief resume: John Gregg holds 19 patents and has acted as an expert witness in British courts in Spintronics. He is a Royal Society Research Fellow and has obtained a D Phil in nuclear magnetism. He has also worked at the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique Francais and has held Visiting Professorships in Strasbourg, Paris and Dublin.
  • Mr. Gregg recently published "Indirect observation of phase conjugate magnons from non-degenerate four-wave mixing."

#3: Bart van Wees

  • Email: B.J.van.Wees@rug.nl
  • Website: Link to his profile at University of Groningen.
  •  Brief resume: Bart van Wees graduated from Delft University and from 1991 has been at the University of Groningen. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2016, he won the Spinoza Prize and has a leading role in the EU’s Graphene Flagship Project.
  • In 2019, he published "Circuit-model analysis for spintronic devices with chiral molecules as spin injectors."

#4: Jian-Ping Wang

  •  Email: jpwang@umn.edu
  • Website: Link to his profile at University of Minnesota.
  •  Brief resume: Educated at Lanzhou University and the Institute of Physics, CAS in China Mr. Wang's research interests include nano magnetic and spintronic materials and devices, magnetic and spintronic information storage and processing technologies, magnetic biomedical technologies. In 2018 he was appointed the director of the Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) which will host researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland. Mr. Wang is an IEEE fellow for his contributions to magnetic material and spintronic devices for magnetic recording, information processing and biomedical applications.
  • Mr. Wang is a coauthor on the paper "Giant Spin Pumping and Inverse Spin Hall Effect in the Presence of Surface and Bulk Spin−Orbit Coupling of Topological Insulator Bi2Se3."

#5: Kang Wang

  •  Email: wang@ee.ucla.edu
  • Website: Link to his profile at UCLA Engineering.
  •  Brief resume: Dr Wang is the Raytheon Chair, Professor of Physical Science and Electronics and the Director of the Device Research Laboratory at UCLA. He was recognized for his contributions to topological spintronics in 2018 with the IUPAP Magnetism Award and Néel Medal.
  • Mr. Wang coauthored "Scale-Invariant Quantum Anomalous Hall Effect in Magnetic Topological Insulators Beyond the Two-Dimensional Limit.

#6: Tomasz Dietl

  •  Email: dietl@MagTop.ifpan.edu.pl
  • Website: Link to his profile at International Research Centre MagTop, Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences.
  •  Brief resume: Mr. Dietl is teaches at the International Centre for Interfacing Magnetism and Superconductivity with Topological Matter and also holds a part-time position at the Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He completed his education at the Polish Academy of Sciences and his current research interests include device concepts for nanospintronics of topological insulators. In 2011, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the European Research Council (ERC) for the term 2011-2014.
  • Mr. Dietl coauthored "Spinodal nanodecomposition in semiconductors doped with transition metals."

#7: JMD Coey

  • Email: jcoey@tcd.ie
  • Website: Link to his profile at Trinity College Dublin, School of Physics.
  •  Brief resume: Mr. Coey obtained his education at Cambridge University, the University of Manitoba INPG Grenoble and the University of Dublin. His research interests include magnetic, electronic, and structural properties of solids, spin electronics, amorphous materials, physical properties of minerals, magnetoelectrochemistry, magnetobiology. In 2017 Mr. Coey received funding to pursue research into the creation of electronic devices based on “half metals”.
  • Mr. Coey coauthored the recent article "Magnetism of Dilute Oxides."

#8: Jairo Sinova

  •  Email: sinova@uni-mainz.de
  • Website: Link to his profile at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
  •  Brief resume: Mr. Sinova was educated at Ohio and Indiana University and has over 140 reviewed publications. His research interests include Semiconductor and metallic spintronics, spin-orbitronics, antiferromagnetic spintronics.
  • Mr. Sinova coauthored a paper on "Room-temperature spin-orbit torque in NiMnSb."

#9: Lu Sham

  •  Email: lsham@physics.ucsd.edu
  •  Website: Link to his profile at the Department of Physics, University of California, San Diego.
  •  Brief resume: Educated at Imperial College, University of London, the University of Cambridge and the University of California at San Diego, Mr. Sham is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from National Chaio Tung University in Taiwan. His research interest includes spin dynamics in semiconductor heterostructures spintronics.
  • He coauthored a paper on "Spin Extraction Theory and Its Relevance to Spintronics."

#10: Julie Grollier

  •  Email: julie.grollier@cnrs-thales.fr
  •  Website: Link to her profile at Unité mixte de physique CNRS/Thales.
  •  Brief resume: Educated Groningen University and the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale. Ms. Grollier's research interests include spintronics (dynamics of nanomagnets under the spin torque effect), and new devices for cognitive computation (in particular memristors). A Fellow of the American Physical Society, the French Academy of Science awarded her the Jacques Herbrand prize in 2010. Her current research centers on hardware bio-inspired systems.
  • She is the coauthor of "Using Memristors for Robust Local Learning of Hardware Restricted Boltzmann Machines."


  • Stuart Parkin has a h-index of 85 and 38,072 citations.
  • John Gregg has a h-index of 37 and 4,068 citations.
  • Bart van Wees has a h-index of 82 and 32,365 citations.
  • Jian-Ping Wang has a h-index of 51 and 9,798 citations.
  • Kang Wang has a h-index of 100 and 44,361 citations.
  • Tomasz Dietl has a h-index of 65 and 29,028 citations.
  • JMD Coey has a h-index of 99 and 53,992 citations.
  • Jairo Sinova has a h-index of 57 and 17,347 citations.
  • Lu Sham has a h-index of 86 and 81,929 citations.
  • Julie Grollier has a h-index of 45 and 8,311 citations.


The research team first sought to determine the persons who were published the most in peer reviewed publications in the field of Spintronics. Lens.org and Mendeley were the resources used to generate a list which was further refined to identify the researchers holding positions of leadership at the universities or research centers in the field. The faculty page for each researcher was then used to obtain emails, biographies and publication details. The h-index is the measure of the impact of a researchers work from the number of its citations and its productivity.


From Part 01
  • "Dr Liu has a portfolio of several research grants and maintains a strong set of national and international collaborations within the topic of Spintronics and Condensed Matter"
  • "Prof. Sanvito leads the internationally recognized Computational Spintronics Group, which develops new algorithms for materials and device modeling and applies them to problems underpinning information technology. One of Sanvito’s flagship achievements is the Smeagol code, the world-leading software for simulating devices at the atomic scale. Smeagol, distributed worldwide to more than 200 groups"
  • "French physicist Albert Fert shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics – along with several other awards including the Wolf Prize and Japan Prize – with Peter Grünberg for their independent but almost simultaneous discovery of Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) in 1988. The discovery is recognized as the birth of spintronics, a research field often described as a new type of electronics exploiting not only the electric charge of the electrons but also their magnetism (their spin). "
From Part 02