Ivan Schuller



Research Focus
Novel magnetic devices; preparation and characterization of superlattices; nanostructured magnetism for super-dense memories; nanostructured materials

Research Summary

The thin film group is involved in research in a variety of condensed matter physics problems, developing and studying the structure and properties of novel materials.

Ivan Schuller
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Ivan K. Schuller received his Licenciado (1970) from the University of Chile, his M.S. degree (1972), and his Ph.D. (1976) from Northwestern University. From 1978-1987 he was a Senior Physicist and Group Leader at Argonne National Laboratory. Since 1987 he has been a Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, and in addition to this position, presently is Layer Leader-Materials and Devices of Calit2 Institute, and Director-AFOSR-MURI on Integrated Nanosensors at UCSD. He held visiting professorships at the Catholic University and the University of Santiago - Santiago, Chile; Universidad del Valle-Cali, Colombia; the Catholic University - Leuven, Belgium and the Rheinisch Westfaelische Technische Hochschule-Aachen, Germany.

He has received awards and prizes in High-Temperature Superconductivity-DOE Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment 1987, International Activities-APS Wheatley Award 1999, Metallic Superlattices and Heterostructures- Alexander von Humboldt Prize 2000, APS Adler Award 2003, Exchange Bias-MRS Medal 2003, Civic Service- Citizenship Council of Chicago1980. Other general honors and awards include Chilean Academy of Sciences - 1992; Corresponding Fellow, Belgian Academy of Sciences - 1998; ISI Highly Cited Researchers - 2000. Current scientific interests include the preparation, characterization, and study of Metallic Superlattices, Heterostructures, and Nanostructures. His studies are dedicated to understanding the connection between structure and physical properties; principally electrical transport, magnetism, superconductivity, and mechanical properties. Prof. Schuller has also dedicated considerable effort to popularizing physics through public lectures and educational TV.