Jordi Sort obtains a Consolidator Grant project from ERC

Jordi Sort, ICREA research lecturer at the UAB Department of Physics, has received one of the Consolidator Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) for highly innovative projects.


Jordi Sort, ICREA research lecturer at the UAB Department of Physics, received 1.75 million euros in funding which he will use over the next five years to develop new nanoporous materials. These materials will serve to build computers which use up almost no electricity, have no energy losses due to heat, and come equipped with batteries of an almost unlimited lifespan.
The project, entitled "Merging Nanoporous Materials with Energy-Efficient Spintronics (SPIN-PORICS)", is based on the previous results reached by the group and recent discoveries made in this field. To carry out this project a group of six researchers will also be hired. Also participating in this project will be Eva Pellicer, Ramón y Cajal researcher at the UAB Department of Physics, and David Jiménez, lecturer at the UAB Department of Electronic Engineering.
Jordi Sort directs the research group of Smart Nanoengineered Materials, Nanomechanics and Nanomagnetism of the UAB Department of Physics. He received his PhD in Materials Sciences from the UAB in 2002 and since then his research experience abroad has included stays at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (Grenoble), Argonne National Laboratory (USA). At present, Professor Sort’s research activities include the synthesis of a wide variety of functional materials and the study of their structural, mechanical, magnetic, thermal and anti-corrosion properties. This research aims at enhancing the performance of these materials in new technological applications that go beyond the state-of-the-art.
Professor Sort has received awards from several entities, such as the Catalan Physical Society (2000) and the Spanish Royal Physical Society (2003). He also has published over 180 articles, issued 3 patents and managed 18 national/international research projects. The results of his projects have been presented at the more than 130 conferences he has been invited to participate in over the years.
The European Research Council's (ERC) Consolidator Grants are awarded to promising, ground-breaking projects of excellence in science in the consolidation period within their own research group or as part of an independent research programme]


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