On 7 September the Körber Foundation presented the Körber European Science Prize 2015 endowed with 750,000 euros to Nicola Spaldin in the Great Hall of Hamburg City Hall. Hamburg's Mayor Olaf Scholz welcomed the invited guests. Ranga Yogeshwar presented the winner and her research.
The British chemist and materials scientist Nicola Spaldin has laid the theoretical foundation for the new family of multiferroic materials. Multiferroics are crystalline chemical compounds of metals and oxygen which react to both electric and magnetic fields. In addition, the magnetic order in these crystals can be influenced by means of electric fields. Multiferroics are thus predestined for ultra-fast, extremely small and very energy-efficient computers of the future. They could replace the silicon in the chips to which present-day PCs and smart phones owe their computing capability.
At the invitation of the University of Hamburg, Nicola Spaldin provided insights into her research in a Körber Lecture. On 7 September at 4 p.m. she gave a lecture on the topic: "From Multiferroics to Cosmology: Studying the Early Universe Under the Microscope" in the Physics Department of the University of Hamburg.
Report of the presentation of the prize