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Samer Kurdi, a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, has been selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting later this year.

Once per year, more than 30 Nobel Laureates convene in Lindau, Germany, to meet the next generation of leading scientists, consisting of between 500 to 600 undergraduates, PhD students, and postdoc researchers from all over the world. The selected young scientists are all under the age of 35 and go through an extensive international selection process. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

The scientific programme of each Lindau Meeting is based on the principle of dialogue. The different sessions – which include lectures, discussions, Master Classes, and panel discussions – are designed to stimulate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experience between and among Nobel Laureates and young scientists.

Samer's research is based upon overcoming capacity limits in conventional memory devices, due to restrictions on further miniaturization. He focuses on fabricating antiferromagnetic materials with the properties required to make 'invisible' memories for encryption and safe data storage, to meet demands in current information technologies. He uses a sustainable materials selection approach to limit the use of noble metals, rare earth metals and other environmentally damaging materials, and to provide a long-lasting approach to information storage.

His PhD work was part of an European Innovative Training Network Marie Curie program called SELECTA including 15 PhD students and 20 principal investigators, driving world-class research with significant international connections. This research also led to collaborations at Bielefeld University in Germany, the Diamond Light Source and the Japanese National Institute for Materials Science.

Date awarded

22 March 2019

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