Thanassis Speliotis is Senior Researcher in the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the NCSR Demokritos. Physicist with postgraduate studies in solid state physics, and a PhD in experimental Solid State Physics, from the School of Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences, of NTUA, GR.
His research interest is experimental solid state physics and materials science and in particular: a) Nanostructured magnetic materials, e.g. magnetostrictive materials, hard magnetic thin films as permanent magnets, thin films of magnetic materials for sensors applications and exchange bias phenomena. b) Screen printed magnets, design and patterning of MEMS type devices, such as micromotors, microgenerators and microswitches. d) L10 – FePt magnetic thin films for ultrahigh density recording media. f) Galvanomagnetic effects in 2D materials and Topological Insulators. He participated as a member of a research team or as a coordinator in 15 research and development projects, funded by Hellenic Resources, the European Union and the USA. The published research work in international journals is about 100 articles, source: Google Scholar, h-index 17 with 1010 citations.
His visit at Ames Laboratory - Iowa State University, within the Fulbright Grant, will push forward his research in the emergent field of 2D materials and open new roads for research collaborations. Targets of this research are the creation of new disruptive technologies based on incorporation of magnetic phases on or under graphene. The reliable, reproducible, sustainable production of magnetic graphene satisfying the specific needs for the spintronic application area. The identification of new device concepts, enabled by incorporation of magnetic phases/nanostructures with the graphene, and the Galvanomagnetic technologies, capable of providing new quantum functionalities such as Quantum Hall Effect (QHE), and other exotic phenomena.
He believes in a link of inspiration between Greece and USA with the aim of building together, a common future, in the fields of Education, Technology, Arts, Science, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Because scientists do not know borders. Their work is collective and must be creative, wherever they may be. That is why we need partnerships. Through cooperation we are inspiring; we get extra motivation to innovate. Proper guidance is important in order to succeed in our journey and to become ever better.
Upon his return in Greece, he plans to share the knowledge and experience with his colleagues and students at Demokritos, inspiring the latter to enlarge their own horizons. He plans to build also, a formal relationship between the Ames Laboratory and the Demokritos program in material science and nanotechnology, through faculty and student exchange opportunities.