Axel Hoffmann

 Axel Hoffmann
Axel Hoffmann
Founder Professor in Engineering
(217) 300-4374
1021 Superconductivity Center

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Education

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California – San Diego, 1999
  • Diplom, Physics, RWTH Aachen, Germany, 1994

Biography

Axel Hoffmann has obtained his Diploma degree in physics from the RWTH Aachen in 1994 and his PhD degree in physics from the University of California – San Diego in 1999. Subsequently he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 he joined the Argonne National Laboratory as a staff scientist, and became in 2014 the Senior Group Leader of the Magnetic Thin Film Group. In 2019 he joined the Department of Materials Science an Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Founder Professor. His research interests encompass a wide variety of magnetism related subjects, including basic properties of magnetic heterostructures, spin-transport in novel geometries, and magnetization dynamics. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Physics and a fellow of the American Physical Society, American Vacuum Society, and IEEE.

Academic Positions

  • Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Materials Science and Engineering, 2019–present

Other Professional Employment

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Almost, NM, 1999–2001
  • Assistant Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, 2001–2005
  • Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, 2005–2014
  • Senior Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL, 2014–2019

Major Consulting Activities

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute or Physics, 2009–present

Research Areas

  • Electronic Materials

Research Topics

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • Topology in Magnetism Edited by J. Zhang, V. Cros, and A. Hoffmann, (Springer, New York, September 2018).
  • Recent Advances in Magnetic Insulators – From Spintronics to Microwave Applications Edited by M. Wu and A. Hoffmann, Solid State Physics, vol. 64 (Academic Press, Oxford, December 2013).

Chapters in Books

  • Spin-Orbit Torques W. Zhang, M. B. Jungfleisch, R. Winkler, and A. Hoffmann, In: Spin Physics in Semiconductors, 2nd edition, edited by Michael I. Dyakonov (Springer, New York, 2017), p. 355–385.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Pending Articles

Invited Lectures

  • Hybrid Magnon Modes
  • Hybrid Magnon Modes
  • Topological Quasiparticles: Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Spin Currents with Antiferromagnets
  • Spin Current Generation, Detection, and Transport with Antiferromagnets
  • Spin currents in metallic antiferromagnets
  • Spin Current Generation, Detection, and Transport with Antiferromagnets
  • Thermal Spin Currents in Antiferromagnets
  • Spin Current Generation, Detection, and Transport with Antiferromagnets
  • Spins in Copper
  • Topological Quasiparticles: Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Spin Current Generation, Detection, and Transport with Antiferromagnets
  • Manipulating Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Manipulating Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Topological Quasiparticles: Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Manipulating Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Topological Quasiparticles: Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Driving Magnetization Dynamics in Insulators Using Spin Hall Effects
  • Spin Hall Effects in Metals
  • Electric Manipulations of Spin Textures
  • Connecting Spinwaves to Charge Currents in Ferromagnetic/Non-magnetic Heterostructures
  • Quantifying Spin Hall Effects in Metals
  • Teaching Electrons New Tricks: Pure Spin Currents
  • Quantifying Spin Hall Effects in Metals
  • Teaching Electrons New Tricks: Pure Spin Currents
  • Pure Spin Currents in Lateral Spin-Valves
  • Shaken Not Stirred: Magnetic Viruses for Biomagnetic Sensing
  • Lateral Spintransport: Teaching Electrons New Tricks

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Physics, since 2009

Research Honors

  • Highly Cited Researcher for 2020, Web of Science Group (2020)
  • Highly Cited Researcher for 2019, Web of Science Group (2019)
  • Distinguished Performance Award, University of Chicago (2017)
  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society (2017)
  • President's International Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016)
  • Outstanding Researcher Award of the AVS Prairie Chapter, American Vacuum Society (2015)
  • Fellow, IEEE (2014)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2011)
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Magnetics Society (2011)
  • Senior Membership, IEEE (2009)

Public Service Honors

  • Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society (2014)

Other Honors

  • Director’s Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (1999)
  • Springorum Medal for Diploma thesis with honors, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen, Germany (1995)

Recent Courses Taught

  • MSE 304 - Electronic Properties of Matls
  • MSE 498 G (MSE 498 U) - Magnetic Mat'ls & Applications
  • MSE 529 - Hard Materials Seminar
  • MSE 598 AH4 (MSE 598 AHO) - Magnetic Mat'ls & Applications