In this presentation I will discuss the basic concepts of magnetic nanomaterials and their magnetic properties with a focus on how to tune specific parameters in a controlled fashion to achieve the dreams of the future. I will highlight state-of-the-art experimental technologies that allow us to understand microscopic properties and interactions in relation to electronic structure changes caused by changes in size, shape, and composition of nanomaterials. Then I will discuss how this understanding is used when nanomagnets are functionalized for targeted drug delivery or composed to form macroscopic materials for new energetic applications like magnetic refrigeration. I will demonstrate that the seemingly complex behavior of hybrid metal/metal, metal/oxide, or oxide/oxide interface materials can be understood from the three fundamental interactions in magnetism: magnetic exchange interaction due to orbital overlap, spin-orbit interaction due to inner- and intra-atomic relativistic corrections (e.g., crystal field effects) and the long-range magnetic dipolar interaction. Several examples will be presented, including the formation of above-room-temperature ferromagnetic interface layers between low-temperature antiferromagnetic layers and the evolution of lattices of magnetic textures (skyrmions) in confined dimensions. The talk will end with an episode in the life of an imaginary golf-playing couple in the year 2040 who use their “Smart Magnet” (SMAG) phone to energize and heal their bodies on the green.
Michael Farle received his Diploma in experimental physics, Doctorate, and Habilitation degrees from Freie Universität Berlin in 1984, 1989, and 1998, respectively. During this time he spent three and a half years as a senior researcher at Stanford University, California, and Université de Strasbourg, France. In 1999, he moved to Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, where he became a full professor. Since 2002, he has been working as a professor at the Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany, where he has served as Vice-Rector for Research and Junior Scientific Staff. In 2016 he became, in addition, an adjunct professor at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia.
Prof. Farle has published over 220 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals, including book chapters and review articles, and has given more than 60 invited presentations. He coordinated two European Research Networks and served as the vice-spokesman of Collaborative Research Center: Magnetic Heterostructures (SFB 491). Since 2014 he is chairman of the Magnetism Section of the German Physical Society. For many years he has been active on the program committees of several international conferences on magnetism. He is a member of the IEEE Magnetics Society, the German Physical Society, and is a co-editor of Materials Research Letters and Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
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