Lucian Prejbeanu: Lucian Prejbeanu, 40 years old, CEA Research Engineer, Deputy Director at Spintec, has been conducting research on nanomagnetism and spintronics for more than 15 years. He holds a Physics degree from Babes Bolyai University in Cluj (Romania) and a PhD in Physics from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg where he pioneered the work on magnetic nanostructures. He then joined Spintec where he worked on the thermally assisted MRAM concept, on probe storage and on logic devices based upon domain wall motion under polarized currents. He joined Crocus Technology mid-2006 as R&D manager, where he made key contributions to the development and industrialization of thermally assisted MRAM for which he was awarded the SEE-IEEE Brillouin prize in 2012. In 2013, Lucian returns to Spintec as deputy director, working on sub-20nm scalable MRAMs, hybrid logical circuits and magnetis sensors. Dr. Prejbeanu holds 35 international patents on magnetic memories and has authored more than 60 scientific publications and book chapters on nanomagnetism and spintronics. He gave several invited talks and tutorials in major international conferences (MMM, Intermag, JEMS, APS Meeting, ISAMMA, IMW). He was coordinator of several ANR and industrial bilateral projects. In the project, he will be responsible for the stack development of the STT-MRAM based devices as well as the local coordination.
Ricardo Sousa: Dr Ricardo Sousa (43 years old) received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal for his work on magnetic random access memory (MRAM) based on MTJ in 2002. He then spent 2 years on a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SPINTEC, after which he became a full staff researcher in the PI’s team. His experience on MTJ and MRAM systems spans over 10 years working on two MRAM related EU contracts EC project ESPRIT No. 28229 TJMRAM and IST-2001-37334 NEXT. Project NEXT specifically targeted thermally assisted MRAM and was selected as finalist of the European Descartes Prize 2006. He has been leading the MRAM group at Spintec since 2007, coordinating 2 French research agency (ANR) funded projects RAMAC (2007-2010) and PATHOS (2010-2013). He is the local coordinator of the bilateral Research & Development collaboration between Spintec and Crocus.
He has worked on the development of several MRAM concepts, including thermally assisted, precessional switching and self-reference read-out in-plane cells and more recently in perpendicular anisotropy MRAM devices in conventional STT cells and thermally assisted perpendicular concept. All these concepts resulted in successful demonstrations and some are still being developed. In 2011 he was nominated CEA Expert in the domain of: Materials and solid-state physics, with a specialty in “Concept and fabrication with expertise in Spintronics, MRAM and Non-volatile memories”. During this period he has supervised the research of 6 PhD students and 5 Post-Docs. Publications Summary updated in 2013: 70 publications; cited 1064 times as listed in Web of Sciences; + 2 book chapters; 7 patents; H index: 17; Invited talks in international conferences: 17
Bernard Dieny: Dr. Bernard Dieny (54 years old) CEA research Director and International Expert, Chairman of French IEEE MagSoc chapter, elected member of IEEE MagSoc AdCom. He has been conducting research in magnetism for 25 years. He was a key participant in the pioneer work on spin-valves which took place at IBM Almaden in 1990–1991, and is a named inventor on the original spin-valve patent. In 1992, he joined the ‘Nanostructure and Magnetism’ laboratory at CEA and in 2001 he co-founded INAC/SPINTEC that has presently about 60 employees. He is co-inventor of 50 patents and has more than 300 scientific publications. He received an outstanding achievement award from IBM. He is co-founder of CROCUS Technology. He has also been awarded an ERC Advanced grant HYMAGINE (2009) and is a fellow of the IEEE Magnetics Society. He has >420 publications, >65 patents, H-index: 47. He is cofounder of SPINTEC and of two start-ups: Crocus Technology and EVADERIS. He is the lab Chief Scientist, expert in fundamental and applied spintronics.