21st ETSF Workshop: Dynamics and spectroscopy of correlated systems

I am co-organizing the 21st edition of the  ETSF Workshop on Electronic Excitations “Dynamics and spectroscopy of correlated systems”. The workshop will be held at

Lund University, September 19 – 23,  2016:



Lund University Library. Photo: Z. Zanolli

The 2016 edition will focus on emergent phenomena in correlated
systems. The aim of the workshop is to foster the interaction between
the theory community, experimentalists and industry on this
scientifically challenging and technologically relevant theme. The
topics covered by the workshop will include:

– magnetism and strong correlations
– non-equilibrium dynamics and transport
– magnetic and multiferroic materials
– neutron/X-ray spectroscopy
– theoretical spectroscopy beyond density functional theory

Invited Speakers:

Silke Biermann, École Polytechnique, Paris, France
Hubert Ebert, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München, Germany
Silvia Picozzi, CNR-Spin, L’Aquila, Italy
Liu Hao Tjeng, Max-Planck-Institute Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Anna Delin, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
Igor A. Abrikosov, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
Gianluca Stefanucci, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Anders Mikkelsen, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Mechthild Enderle, ESS, Lund, Sweden
Yoshinori Tokura*, University of Tokyo, Tokyo ,Japan

* To be confirmed

Looking forward to meet you in Lund!

Zeila Zanolli

On behalf of the ETSF Workshop Organizers

Ferdi Aryasetiawan – University of Lund, Sweden
Claudio Verdozzi – University of Lund , Sweden
Martin Stankovski – University of Lund, Lund, Sweden
Zeila Zanolli – University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
Nicole Helbig – Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
Gabriele D’Avino –  Mons University, Mons, Belgium
Michiel van Setten – Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Louvain la
Neuve, Belgium

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How to effectively communicate science

Here is a nice and to the point tutorial from Nature on how to improve your scientific communication skills:

English Communication for Scientists

The tutorial ranges from paper writing to poster presentation, passing by teaching and scientific interaction at conferences. A very valuable resource at all levels!


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Size- and shape-dependent phase diagram of In–Sb nano-alloys

In collaboration with Lund University, here comes our latest research paper on phase stability of InSb nanoalloys. Work by Masoomeh Ghasemi, myself, Martin Stankovski and Jonas Johansson. Just published in Nanoscale:

Size- and shape-dependent phase diagram of In–Sb nano-alloys


M. Ghasemi et al, Size- and shape-dependent phase diagram of In–Sb nano-alloys, Nanoscale 7, 17387-17396 (2015)

Nano-scale alloy systems with at least one dimension below 100 nm have different phase stabilities than those observed in the macro-scale systems due to a large surface to volume ratio. We have used the semi-empirical thermodynamic modelling, i.e. the CALPHAD method, to predict the phase equilibria of the In–Sb nano-scale systems as a function of size and shape. To calculate the size- and shape-dependent phase diagram of the In–Sb system, we have added size-dependent surface energy terms to the Gibbs energy expressions in the In–Sb thermodynamic database. We estimated the surface energies of the solution phases and of the InSb intermetallic phase using the Butler equation and DFT calculations, respectively. A melting point and eutectic point depression were observed for both nanoparticle and nanowire systems. The eutectic composition on the In-rich and Sb-rich sides of the phase diagram shifted towards higher solubility. We believe that the phase diagram of In–Sb nano-alloys is useful for an increased understanding of the growth parameters and mechanisms of InSb nanostructures.

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Invited talk at the APS March Meeting 2015

This year I have the honor and the pleasure of presenting my research at the world largest Physics conference: the APS March Meeting. My invited talk will deal with “Magnetoelectic multiferroic superlattices and interfaces: Designing spintronic materials from first principles”

You can find me at the Focus Session Q32 “Magnetic Oxide Thin Films and Heterostructures: Electric Field and Magnetoelectric Effects”, on Wednesday March 4, in San Antonio, Texas.

I will present results on the electric control of the magnetization (Zanolli PRB 2013) and on the phase diagram (Rispens PRB 2014) of BiFeO3/LaFeO3 superlattices, and – of course – the latest results from my GraFIEST project, funded by a Marie Curie IEF.


Atomic structure of a BiFeO3/LaFeO3 superlattice obtained from first principle relaxation. Oxygen, Bismuth, Lanthanum and Iron atoms are, respectively, in red, green, orange and light blue. Artistic view from PRB 88, 060102(R) (2013). Image credit: Zeila Zanolli.



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Poster Prize

I’m back home after the conference on Oxide Spintronics. It has really been a great experience: deeply interesting talks, vivid scientific discussions and friendly atmosphere. Simply the best way to start the activities of 2015. On top of this, I’ve been awarded the Best Poster Prize presentation. Thanks for your interest in my work!


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New year, new conference(s)

Getting ready for the first conference (a workshop, actually) of the year! We start close to “home” with a topic that will go really far:

Oxide Spintronics: Novel Materials, Transport and Emerging Phenomena

Looking forward to it!
Thanks to Marjana (Lezaic) and Martina (Müller) for organizing!


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The intriguing phase diagram of BiFeO3/LaFeO3 superlattices

… want to know more about it? Just have a look at the paper

Phase diagram of BiFeO3/LaFeO3 superlattices studied by x-ray diffraction experiments and first-principles calculations

recently published in Physical Review B by Gijsbert Rispens, Benedikt Ziegler, Zeila Zanolli, Jorge Íñiguez, Philippe Ghosez, and Patrycja Paruch. This work is the results of a fruitful experimental/theoretical collaboration among University of Geneva, ICMAB/CSIC in Barcelona and University of Liege.


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