Prof Evgeny Y. Tsymbal


Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska Lincoln
United States
PH: +1 (402) 4722586
Fax: +1 (402) 4722879
Email: [email protected]


Evgeny Tsymbal is a Charles Bessey Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Director of the UNL`s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). He joined UNL in 2002 as an Associate Professor, was promoted to a Full Professor with Tenure in 2005 and named a Charles Bessey Professor of Physics in 2009. Prior to his appointment at UNL he was a 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 Russian Academy of Sciences and Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia.

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. Some of the recent research activities include:

  • magnetoelectric effects at interfaces
  • ferroelectric and multiferroic tunnel junctions
  • two-dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces
  • spin-dependent tunneling and tunneling magnetoresistance
  • resonant effects in quantum transmission
  • spin injection into semiconductors
  • interlayer exchange coupling in magnetic layered structures
  • ballistic conductance of magnetic nanocontacts and nanowires
  • domain-wall resistance in constrained geometries
  • anisotropic magnetoresistance in tunnel and break junctions
  • ferroelectric properties of thin films

Evgeny Tsymbal`s research is internationally recognized, which is reflected in publications in high profile scientific journals such as Science, Nature Nanotechnology and Physical Review Letters, and invited presentations at international conferences such as American Physical Society and Materials Research Society Meetings, and Vacuum Research Society, European Society and Gordon Research Conferences. Evgeny Tsymbal has been a principal investigator of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Seagate Technology, Nanoelectronics Research Initiative of Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Office of Naval Research. He 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) in 2007.

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