MAG-ALCHEMI - Research Group

Dr. Andrea Locatelli

Detailed CV

1988 - 1994 First degree in Physics, “Laurea in Fisica” at the University of Trieste, Italy
1977-1989 - Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, UK
1996 - 2000 - Senior Scientist & Coordinator of x-ray microscopy projects at Elettra.
05/2000 - 03/2002- Postdoc at Elettra
03/2002 - 05/2005- Beamline scientist at Elettra
05/2005 - present- Coordinator of the “Nanospectroscopy” beamline at Elettr
06/2006 - present- First researcher at Elettra

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Surface science and catalysis, surface chemical reactions, surface magnetism, thin-film magnetism, ultra-thin film growth on metal and oxide supports, graphene and 2D materials and their electronic structure, self-organization processes in ultra-thin films. Surfaces and interfaces, nanostructures. Synchrotron radiation, synchrotron radiation spectro-microscopy and in particular X-ray photoemission electron microscopy (XPEEM, XMC/LD -PEEM). Dynamic phenomena at surfaces studied by low energy electron microscopy (LEEM); structural characterization by means of microprobe low energy electron diffraction (LEED).
Publications and Dissemination: SCOPUS; ORCID

Dr. Dorota Wilgocka-Slezak

Detailed CV

1997 - MsC. in Material Engineering, AGH – University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland
1999-2002 – Research Fellow at national Institute for Matter Physics, Trieste
2005 - Ph.D. in Physics, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH – University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland
2005 - Present - Researcher at Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, Poland

Brief research profile:

Expertise:Thin film and surface nanostructures fabrication and characterization by Photoemission Electron Microscopy and Low Energy Electron Microscopy.

Dr. Tevfik Onur Menteş

1996 - Bachelor in Physics
1996 - Bachelor in Electronics Engineering
2003 - Ph.D. in Physics
2004-2009 - Postdoctoral researcher at Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
2009-Present - Beamline scientist at the Nanospectroscopy beamline at Elettra – Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy

Brief research profile:

Surface structure and magnetism; thin film growth and self-organization on surfaces; surface elasticity; metal alloys; surface chemistry; x-ray interactions with matter; x-ray photoemission (XPEEM) and low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM).

Dr. Francesca Genuzio

2010 MsC. in Physics at Padova University
2011-2016 - Ph.D. student affiliated with the Fritz Haber Institut der MPG at PGM9 beamline at Bessy II, Berlin, Germany
2016 - Ph.D. in Physics at the Humboldt University Berlin
2005-2006 - Beamline supporting scientist and at the student at the Fritz Haber Institut der MPG, Berlin, Germany
2016-Present - Researcher at the Elettra Nanospectroscopy beamline, Trieste, Italy

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Surface science, thin film heterostructures fabrication and characterization, with main application to catalysis and magnetic anisotropy studies; LEEM, X-PEEM, electron optics and related synchrotron based experimental techniques.

Prof. Józef Korecki

Detailed CV

1971 - MsC in Physics, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
1980 - PhD in solid state physics, AGH, Krakow, Poland
1991 – Dr. hab. in physics, Jagiellonian University
1971-Present - AGH University of Science and Technology (since 1999 full professor)
1983-1986 - Visiting scientist at TU Clausthal, Germany
1989-1990 - Visiting scientist at CEA Grenoble, France
1996 - Visiting scientist at IKS Leuven, Belgium
1999-Present - Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, PAS, Krakow, Poland

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Physics of metal and oxide nanostuctures, Nanoscale magnetism, Conversion Electron Mossbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS).
Publications and Dissemination: 140 articles in reviewed journals, 3 invited reviews and articles, Over 100 invited talks and plenary lectures at International Congresses, Conferences, Symposia, Workshops etc. H-index 33 (SCOPUS)

Dr. Kinga Freindl

1997 - MSc in Physics
2013 PhD in Physics
2004-Present – Physicist in Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Samples preparation by Molecular Beam Epitaxy; surface characterization by Low Energy Electron Diffraction, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, Scanning Tunneling Microscopy; magnetic properties characterization by Mössbauer spectroscopy and Nuclear Resonant Scattering of synchrotron radiation.

Dr. Michał Ślęzak

2004-MsC. AGH, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Electronics
2004-2009 – Ph.D. in Physics, AGH, Kraków
2009-2013 – Post-doc in the Nanostructures and Surfaces group at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Project AMON - operated within the Foundation for Polish Science Team Programme
2013-2014 - SCIEX Post-doc in Swiss Light Source (Pollux/NanoXAS beamline), Villigen, Switzerland
2014-Present - Researcher at the AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków, Poland

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Magnetism of epitaxial thin films, nanostructures and surfaces/interfaces; Magnetic Anisotropy and Exchange Bias in thin films and nanostructures; Magnetooptic Kerr Effect measurements, X-PEEM and LEEM microscopy, simulations and modelling of magnetic anisotropy in thin films.

Dr. Piotr Mazalski

2006 - MSc – in Physics at Faculty of Physics at University of Bialystok, Poland
2006-Present - Academic teacher and researcher at Faculty of Physics at University of Bialystok, Poland
2013 - Ph.D. in Physics at Faculty of Physics at University of Bialystok, Poland
2013-2016 – Post Doc for the TEAM project at Faculty of Physics at University of Bialystok, Poland
2015-Present - PostDoc for the FUGA project (financed by National Science Center) at Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences and SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Krakow, Poland
2017-Present – Researcher MAG-ALCHEMI CERIC-ERIC project
2018 – researcher for the Beethoven project (financed by National Science Center) at Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences and SOLARIS National Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Krakow, Poland

Brief research profile:

Expertise: Magnetic ultrathin films fabrication; magnetic ultrathin film structuration and modifications by e.g. ions, light; analysis of the magnetic and structural properties by: magneto-optical techniques (magnetometry and microscopy), SPM techniques (AFM, MFM), synchrotron techniques (XMCD, PEEM), SEM, XRD, XRR

Dr. Eng. Tomasz Giela

Detailed CV

2010 - MsC. in Material Engineering
2016 - Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
2016-2017 – Physicist at AGH University of Science and Technology – permanent delegation to NCPS SOLARIS (Jagiellonian University), Krakow, Poland
2017-Present - Postdoc at CERIC-ERIC

Brief research profile:

Expertise: UHV methods dedicated for surface and ultrathin films investigations, cathode lens electron microscopies (Low Energy Electron Microscopy and Photoelectron Electron Microscopy). Acquainted with synchrotron and laboratory based spectroscopies using photoelectrons and secondary electrons.

Dr. Tomasz Ślęzak

Detailed CV

1995 MsC in physics, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
1999-2000 - Assistant at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH - University of Science and Technology
2000 - Ph.D. in Physics, Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH- University of Science and Technology
2000-2014 - Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH - University of Science and Technology, adjunct
2014 - Habilitation in physics at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH- University of Science and Technology
2018-Present - Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH- University of Science and Technology

Brief research profile: Structural and magnetic properties of thin films and nanostructures, with focus on exchange biased ferromagnetic - antiferromagnetic (FM-AFM) systems and multilayers with iron-rhodium (FeRh) sublayers displaying temperature driven antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic (AFM›FM) phase transition. The research goal is to utilize unique transformation of magnetic properties accompanying AFM›FM phase transition of FeRh B2 ordered alloy in tailoring of magnetic properties of bi-layers and multilayers with built-in FeRh sublayers. The magnetic anisotropy, relative sublayer magnetization orientation of these sandwiches can be thermo-programmable via the AFM›FM phase transition in the FeRh sublayers.

Expertise: Nanoscale magnetism, Thin film growth and characterization, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Nuclear Resonant Scattering of X rays