Evgeny Y. Tsymbal

George Holmes University Distinguished Professor

Director Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
Director Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) 

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
310B Jorgensen Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0299

Email: tsymbal@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-2586

Evgeny Tsymbal joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2002 as Associate Professor, was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure in 2005, and was named Charles Bessey Professor in 2009 and George Holmes University Distinguished Professor in 2013. Prior to his appointment at UNL he was a senior research scientist at University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Research Center-Jülich, Germany, and a research scientist at the Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow.

Evgeny Tsymbal’s research is focused on computational materials science aiming at the understanding of fundamental properties of advanced ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures and materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics – relatively new research fields promising revolutionize electronic and data storage industries. First-principles calculations along with model approaches are employed to address a wide range of immensely challenging problems on different levels of complexity. An important ingredient of the research is a strong link to experimental investigations being performed at the University of Nebraska and in other academic and industrial laboratories throughout the world.

Evgeny Tsymbal has published over 150 papers, review articles and book chapters and presented over 100 invited talks in the areas of spin-dependent transport, magnetoresistive phenomena, nanoscale magnetism, complex oxide heterostructures, interface magnetoelectric phenomena, two-dimensional electron gases, and ferroelectric tunnel junctions. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, Nanoelectronics Research Corporation, Seagate Technology, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Evgeny Tsymbal is Director of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) “Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures,” which involves over twenty faculty members from six departments of the University of Nebraska. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, MRSECs are centers of excellence that support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality. Evgeny Tsymbal is also Director of the Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)'s Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  CNFD is the multi-institutional Center charged with developing non-conventional electronic devices that can scale computer technology beyond CMOS.

Evgeny Tsymbal is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK, and a recipient of the UNL’s College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (ORCA). 


» Nebraska MRSEC receives a $9.6M grant from NSF to support nanotechnology research through 2020 (April 2015).

» Congratulations to Xiaohui for publication in Phys. Rev. Lett.!
PRL 114, 046601 (2015).

» Congratulations to Xiaoqian with his first paper published! PRB 90, 155307 (2014).

» Xiaohui Liu received a travel award to attend APS-2014 March Meeting in Denver, CO (January 2014).

» News and Views article “Ferroelectric tunnel junctions: Beyond the barrier” was published in Nature Materials (May 2013).

» SRC's Nanoelectronics Research Initiative and NIST awarded a UNL team a five-year contract to lead a new Center for NanoFerroic Devices (April 2013).

» Our prediction of a magneto-electrically driven giant electroresistance effect in ferroelectric tunnel junctions is confirmed experimentally, as reported in Nature Materials and featured in the UNL press release (February 2013). 

» Collaborative research work on ferroelectricity of oxide superlattices is published in Nature Communications and featured by NSF News From the Field (October 2012).

» Book “Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures” is published by the Oxford University Press. The book is written by world-recognized scientists working in the field of complex oxides (September 2012).

» Pavel Lukashev’s paper “Ferroelectric control of magnetocrystalline anisotropy of the Fe/BaTiO3 (001) interface” was featured by the editors of Journal of Physics (June 2012).

» News and Views article “Spintronics: Electric Toggling of Magnets” appeared in Nature Materials (January 2012).

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