Dr. Iulia Cojocariu Receives the Helmholtz Doctoral Prize and the Juelich Excellence Prize


The Helmholtz Association is well-known for promoting scientific excellence and annually confers the Doctoral Prize to outstanding doctoral candidates. The award, since 2022, consists of two categories: Track A for fundamental research and Track B for application-oriented research. In this recent iteration, the Helmholtz Information Research Division recognized Dr. Iulia Cojocariu.

Dr. Iulia Cojocariu's remarkable achievements in the field of physics have earned her this prestigious honor. Her doctoral thesis, titled 'Activating molecular magnetism by controlled on-surface coordination' was conducted at the Peter Grünberg Institute for Electronic Properties (PGI-6) under the guidance of Professor Claus M. Schneider at the Jülich Research Centre and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research focused on two-dimensional materials, specifically metal-organic layers on metal coinage substrates at the NanoESCA Beamline in Trieste. Here, Dr. Cojocariu selectively functionalized these interfaces, effectively altering their electrical and magnetic properties. These "smart" materials hold significant promise for future applications in electrical components and sensors. Her contributions to research earned her recognition in Track A for fundamental research. Dr. Cojocariu currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Nanospectroscopy beamline.

The research also earned her the "Juelich Excellence Prize" awarded annually by the Juelich Research Center to the most outstanding young researchers.

Iulia Cojocariu, a Chemistry graduate from La Sapienza University in Rome, embarked on her academic journey at the Jülich Research Centre's Peter Grünberg Institute for Electronic Properties, where she successfully defended her doctoral thesis in physics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Today, she continues her research endeavors as a postdoctoral researcher, splitting her time between Elettra and the University of Trieste. In her own words, "Molecular interfaces are versatile tools for spin-electronic devices. My research contributes to a better understanding of their magnetic, chemical, and electronic properties."

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 September 2023 16:53