Physics@Veldhoven Programme

Programme Physics@Veldhoven 2019

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Plenairy programme 2019

Julia R. Greer

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Julia R. Greer (California Institute of Technology)

Julia R. Greer is a full professor with appointments in Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering and Medical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

Greer's research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multi- scale microstructural hierarchy, that utilize the combination of three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscale-induced material properties. These include nature-made materials, i.e. bone and hard biological systems, as well as synthetic ones that can be comprised of a broad range of materials: from ceramics and metals to glasses, polymers, organics, organic/inorganic hybrids, and multi-functional smart materials. These nano- architected meta-materials not only provide a rich 'playground' for fundamental science but also have the potential to enable new technological advances in biomedical devices, energy storage, lightweight structural materials, and additive manufacturing.

Please visit Julia R. Greer's website for more information about not only her career in science but also as a concert pianist, with recent performances of a nanomechanics rap.

Julie Grollier

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Julie Grollier (CNRS/Thales lab, France)

Julie Grollier is a researcher director in the CNRS/Thales lab in France. Her PhD was dedicated to the study of a new effect in spintronics: the spin transfer torque. After two years of post-doc, first in Groningen University (Netherlands, group of B.J. van Wees), then in Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (France, group of C. Chappert), she joined CNRS in 2005. Her current research interests include spintronics (dynamics of nanomagnets under the spin torque effect), and new devices for cognitive computation (in particular memristors).

Julie has over 100 publications, and is a frequent invited speaker in international conferences. She is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2010 she was awarded the Jacques Herbrand prize of the French Academy of Science, and in 2018 the Silver Medal of CNRS for her pioneering work on spintronics and brain-inspired computing. She is the recipient of two prestigious European Research Council grants: 'NanoBrain' project (Memristive Artificial Synapses and their integration in Neural Networks, 2010-2015) and 'BioSPINSpired' project (Bio-inspired Spin-Torque Computing Architectures, 2016-2021).

Julie is now leading the nanodevices for bio-inspired computing team that she initiated in 2009. She is also chair of the interdisciplinary research network GDR BioComp, coordinating national efforts for producing hardware bio-inspired systems.

Erik Verlinde

Erik Verlinde (University of Amsterdam)

Erik Verlinde is a Professor at the Institute of Physics and Delta-Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

He began his studies in theoretical physics at Utrecht University, where wrote his Master's thesis with Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft.

In 1985 he started work on his PhD at Utrecht University under the formal supervision of Bernard de Wit. He worked together with his brother Herman and Robbert Dijkgraaf on the emerging field of string theory.  In September 1988 Erik defended his PhD thesis, which includes the Verlinde formula, named after him. This formula is important in conformal field theory and has many applications in other areas of physics and mathematics.

After his PhD, Erik Verlinde joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently a long term member. In 1993, he was added to the permanent staff of the theory division of CERN in Geneva, and in 1996 he was appointed full professor of theoretical physics at Utrecht University. Only a few years later, in 1999, he left for Princeton University to take up a professorial position there. In 2003, he returned to the Netherlands to become a professor at the University of Amsterdam, where he now heads the string theory group together with Jan de Boer.

His research deals with string theory, gravity, black holes and cosmology. In 2010 Verlinde attracted attention with a paper in which he argued that gravity is not a fundamental force, but is emergent from changes in the entropy associated with microscopic information.

In June 2011, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded Verlinde the Spinoza Prize, the highest award available to Dutch scientists, for his work on string theory and entropic gravity.

Team Veldhoven

Team Veldhoven this year consists of Ammeret Rossouw, Marcel Hoek, Mirjam van Ooijen, Renée Calon, Margit de Kok and Martine van Harderwijk.