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Daniel Sando earned his PhD in physics from the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia) on experimental laser physics in 2010. Following his PhD, he held postdoctoral positions at Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales (France) and the Center for Correlated Electron Systems (Seoul, South Korea) until 2015. He then joined UNSW Sydney as a research fellow. Since 2023, he has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury.

Research interests

Daniel's research is based on using perovskite oxide thin films in the development of new materials systems for future low energy computation. Using pulsed laser deposition, his team fabricates thin films (10-200 nm thickness) of complex oxide materials including multiferroics, ferroelectrics, optically active materials, and magnetic and topological systems. Then using advanced techniques including scanning probe microscopy and x-ray / neutron diffraction, they determine how we can implement these materials in future low-energy computing and nanotechnology applications.

As a society, we need new paradigms for next generation computation at a fraction of the energy consumption of present technologies. With their wide pallet of tuneable physical properties and novel functionalities, complex oxides can help us to achieve this goal.

Dr Daniel Sando

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2023 Marsden grant success

November 3, 2023

Congratulations to our long list of Marsden winners this year - it's wonderful to see the talent being recognised with Fast-Start grants, and those at the next career stage with their first Standard grants, and especially great to see the strong thread of materials for sustainability running through this list.

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