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Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin (TCD), one of the oldest universities of Western Europe, is recognised internationally as Ireland's premier university, is ranked 101th in the world by the QS World 2021 rankings and it is part of the prestigious League of European Research Universities (LERU). INTERFAST will be hosted in the School of Physics and in the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN, CRANN’s mission is to perform leading-edge research in nanoscience and materials science, to deliver innovation to society and to educate the next generation of science leaders. Prof. S. Sanvito, is CRANN director since 2013. CRANN hosts the AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) Centre with the main mandate to establish large-scale collaborative projects between industry and academia. The School of Physics has an outstanding research and education program in condensed matter physics, computational physics, photonics and astrophysics. It counts four different bachelor’s degrees and M.Sc. programs in Energy Scince and Quantum Technologies.

Trinity College Dublin carries out the materials simulations using advanced quantum mechanical methods and algorithms.

People involved

Prof. S. Sanvito


Dr. A. Droghetti


Prof. S. Sanvito: Chair of Condensed Matter Physics, head of the Computational Spintronics Group and director of CRANN. He was one of the pioneers of the field of molecular spintronics, and gave very important contribution to the theoretical study of hybrid interfaces and, more in general, of magnetic materials. Prof. Sanvito is the 2007 Young Scientist Prize Awardee in Computational Physics, he is member of the Royal Irish Academy and received the ERC Consolidator Grant. In 2016 Prof. Sanvito was conferred the title of “Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia” (Knight of the Star of Italy), one of Italy knighthood order. The Computational Spintronics group comprises about 20 researchers, including PhD students and postdoctoral scientists, and is active in various aspects of materials and nano-devices science. In particular the main research lines include: prediction of novel materials via high throughput and machine learning algorithms, modelling of nanojunctions for spintronics applications.

Dr. A. Droghetti: Awarded the SFI Royal Society University Research Fellowship and leader of the Quantum Transport and Spectroscopy Group. He is currently a developer of software to simulate charge and spin transport in nanoscale devices. Dr. Droghetti was PI of the Young Explorers’ FET Open project ACMOL in 2014 and he held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship in 2017-2018 at the Center for Materials Physics in San Sebastian (Spain). The Quantum Transport and Spectroscopy group currently include PhD students and postdoctoral scientists. It is active in studying the basic physics of spin transport, correlated materials and hybrid interfaces.