Principal Investigator

Can Onur Avci

Dr. Can Onur Avci is a principal investigator at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) since February 2021. He received his Ph.D. degree from ETH Zürich in 2015 and was awarded the ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral thesis. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 2016-2018 and at ETH Zürich between 2018 and 2021. He recently received an ERC Starting Grant to develop spintronics devices based on magnetic insulators. His research focuses on spin-orbit-driven phenomena and spin currents in low dimensional systems, electrical control of magnetization, and spintronic memory and logic devices.


Martín Testa Anta

Martín Testa Anta joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project in March 2021. He obtained his BSc. (Hons - 2015) and MSc. (2016) in Chemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain). He subsequently joined the Applied Physics Department at the same university as a predoctoral fellow, where he worked on the synthesis and characterization of magnetic nanocrystals, with particular emphasis on the phenomena that take place at the surface and interfaces between transition metal oxides. He is currently working as a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher on the spin-torque control of magnetization in ferrimagnetic insulators.

Silvia Damerio

Silvia Damerio joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project as a Post-doc researcher in February 2022. She obtained her BSc. (Hons - 2015) and MSc. (Hons - 2017) in Chemistry from the University of Genova (Italy) and University of Groningen (The Netherlands), respectively. She subsequently joined the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen for her PhD, which she received in 2022 with a thesis about modulated phases in ferroic oxides. Her current research focuses on the study of the spin-flop transition in thin films of ferrimagnetic insulators grown by sputtering.

PhD Students

Stefano Fedel

Stefano Fedel joined ICMAB-CSIC and the MAGNEPIC project as a PhD student in September 2021. He studied Engineering Physics at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where he obtained his BSc. in 2018 and MSc. in 2021. He spent one year as an exchange student at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) between 2019 and 2020. Afterward, he carried out his master thesis at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), where he focused on the characterization of spin-orbit torques at the interface between topological insulators and ferromagnet. Stefano's project deals with the current-driven dynamics of magnetization in magnetic insulators detected by MOKE microscopy.

MSc. and BSc. Students

Loes Fransen

Loes Fransen obtained her BSc. in Physics and Astronomy at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 2020 and she is currently doing the Masters in Applied Physics at the Technical University Eindhoven (The Netherlands). She temporarely joined ICMAB-CSIC to do an internship in dynamic control of spin-orbit torques in magnetic heterostructures as part of her MSc. program.


  • Teodor Parella Dilmé - BSc. student from October 2021 to June 2022

  • Leo Salgado Chane-Pane - MSc. student from November 2021 to August 2022

  • Iker Barragán Martin - BSc. student 

  • Julia Mateu Comas - BSc. student