George Holmes University Distinguished Professor

Director Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)

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 250 papers, review articles and book chapters and presented over 150 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.

Since 2007, Evgeny Tsymbal has been Director of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) “Polarization and Spin Phenomena in Nanoferroic 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. From 2013 to 2017,  Evgeny Tsymbal also served as 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). This multi-institutional center was 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 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA).


» Congratulations to Tula who became an Assistant Professor at South Dakota School of Mines  and Technology! (Aug. 2020)

» Congratulations to Ding-Fu on prediciting a nonlinear anomalous Hall effect in collinear antiferromagnets! (PRL, Febr. 2020)

» A new domain-wall tunneling electroresistance effect predicted. Compliments to Ming and Lingling! (PRL, Dec. 2019)

» Three-volume Spintronics Handbook published!  Many thanks to the authors of chapters and Igor Zutic for his editorial work (July, 2019)  

» Our collaborative work with U. New South Wales led to the discovery of ferroelectric semimetal (Science Advances, July 2019) 

» Our collaborative work on free-standing crystalline oxides is expected to produce a strong impact! (Nature, June 2019) 

» Congratulations to Gautam on his first paper! (PRM,  April 2019)

» Congratulations to Ding-Fu on predicting an AFM Dirac nodal-line metal! (PRL, Febr. 2019)

» Our collaborative work with Vitaly Alexandrov's group featured on PRL cover page (PRL, Aug. 2018)

» Congratulations to Lingling on his first-author Nat. Comm. paper high-lighted by the editor and featured in UNL press release(July 2018)

» Congratulations to Ming on her first paper! (PRB, April 2018)

» Our collaborative work with U. Wisconsin on a 2D hole gas published in Nature Materials and featured in the UNL press release (March 2018)

» Congratulations to Xiaoqian on successfully defending his dissertation! (May 30, 2017)

» Image from our Physical Review Letters paper featured on PRL cover page (May 2016)

» Discovery of magnetic threshold of ultra-thin materials published in Science (Aug. 2015)

» Nebraska MRSEC receives a $9.6M grant from NSF to support nano-technology research (April 2015)