Awards for exceptional doctoral thesis

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Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra

Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra

Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra received the Award of the Swiss Physical Society on July 1, 2020 for his outstanding dissertation.

The Swiss Physical Society (SPF) annually awards prizes for outstanding research work by young physicists. This year the SPS Award in Condensed Matter Physics, sponsored by IBM, goes to Empa researcher Shantanu Mishra for his doctoral thesis on magnetism in carbon nanostructures.

Shantanu Mishra has been researching in the Empa nanotech@surfaces department since 2016, concentrating on novel graphene nanostructures, which he is studying using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy.

Mishra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Physics from the National Institute of Technology Calicut in India, and MS degrees in Applied and Technical Physics and Mathematics from the TU Munich and the Université de Montpellier. He completed his master’s thesis at the Department of Neutron Scattering at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), where he investigated the structure and magnetic order in non-stoichiometric rare earth nickel oxides using bulk magnetometry and neutron scattering.

Mishra’s research was also recognized with a 2020 Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award and the "Award for an outstanding dissertation" from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Zurich. This is the highest award for a dissertation and is only awarded to the best 5% of all dissertations by faculty decision.