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6:00 PM, Wednesday, 9 April

Multiferroic Heterostructures and Low-Power Devices for Sensing, Power, RF and Microwave Electronics

Prof. Nian X. Sun, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, Boston.
Phone: +1 (617) 373-3351 Email:

The coexistence of electric polarization and magnetization in multiferroic materials provides great opportunities for realizing magnetoelectric coupling, including electric field control of magnetism, or vice versa, through a strain mediated magnetoelectric interaction effect in layered magnetic/ferroelectric multiferroic heterostructures [1-7]. Strong magnetoelectric coupling has been the enabling factor for different multiferroic devices, which however has been elusive, particularly at RF/microwave frequencies. In this presentation, I will cover the most recent progress on novel Nian Sun Photolayered microwave multiferroic heterostructures and devices, which exhibit strong magnetoelectric coupling. We will demonstrate strong magnetoelectric coupling in novel microwave multiferroic heterostructures. These multiferroic heterostructures exhibit a giant voltage tunable magnetic field of 3500 Oe, and a high electrostatically tunable ferromagnetic resonance frequency range between 1.75~ 7.57 GHz, a tunable frequency of 5.82 GHz or fmax/fmin=4.3 [2,3]. At the same time, we will demonstrate E-field modulation of anisotropic magnetoresistance, giant magnetoresistance and exchange bias at room temperature in different multiferroic heterostructures [4]. New multiferroic devices will also be covered in the talk, including ultra-sensitive nanoelectromechanical systems magnetoelectric sensors with picoTesla sensitivity [5], multiferroic voltage tunable bandpass filters [6], voltage tunable inductors [7], tunable bandstop filters, tunable phase shifters and spintronics, etc.

1. N.X. Sun and G. Srinivasan, SPIN, 02, 1240004 (2012); 2. J. Lou, et al., Advanced Materials, 21, 4711 (2009); 3. . J. Lou, et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 112508 (2009) 4; M. Liu, et al. Advanced Functional Materials, 21, 2593 (2011); 5. T. Nan, et al. Scientific Reports, 3, 1985 (2013); 6. M. Liu, et al. Advanced Materials, 25, 1435 (2013); 7 M. Liu, et al. Advanced Functional Materials, 19, 1826 (2009).

Nian Sun Photo 2Nian Sun is an associate professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a Scientist at IBM and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Dr. Sun was the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award, etc. His research interests include novel magnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic materials, devices and subsystems. He has over 150 publications and over 20 patents and patent disclosures. One of his papers was selected as the “ten most outstanding full papers in the past decade (2001~2010) in Advanced Functional Materials”. Dr. Sun has given over 70 invited or keynote presentations in national and international conferences and universities. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, and a fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30PM at Northeastern University, Burlington Campus: Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, 141 South Bedford Street, Burlington, MA 01803.

Registration is encouraged