Ece Aytan receives the Best Poster Award at SHINES Symposium

Ece Aytan, conducting Raman spectroscopy in POEM Center

Ece Aytan, graduate student researcher and Ph.D. student in Professor A.A. Balandin’s Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center received the Best Research Poster – Research Cooperation Award at the 3rd Annual SHINES EFRC Symposium held this month at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel in La Jolla, California. The Spins and Heat in Nanoscale Electronic Systems (SHINES) is an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded with a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Ece Aytan was the first author of the poster entitled Spin – Phonon Coupling in NiO. Nickel Oxide (NiO) is a promising antiferromagnetic material for spintronic device applications.

The five winning posters presented by graduate students have been selected by the members of the external Scientific Advisory Board and all participating co-PIs of the center. The research presented in Ece Aytan’s poster resulted from cooperation among research groups of Professors Alexander Balandin (ECE), Roger Lake (ECE) and Jing Shi (Physics and Astronomy). Other contributing co-authors included Graduate Student Researcher Bishwajit Debnath and Postdoctoral Researcher Fariborz Kargar, both from the Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) department. The SHINES Center combines co-PIs from seven institutions – UC Riverside (lead organization), UCLA, UC Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Colorado State University, Arizona State University, and University of Texas at Austin. Professor Shi serves as the Center Director while Professor Balandin serves as an Associate Director.

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