Fabio Donati’s research focuses on the magnetism and quantum coherence of surface-supported individual atoms and molecules. His main achievement is the discovery of magnetic stability in single rare earth atoms, a result that proves the possibility of downscaling magnetic memories down to the ultimate limit of an atom. His experimental expertise includes X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR).
“There are only two possible conclusions: if the result confirms & hypothesis, then you have just made a measure. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you made a discovery"
- Enrico Fermi
- PhD in Radiation Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- MS in Physics Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- BS in Physics Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- 2019 - Current
- Assistant Professor at Center for Quantum Nanoscience(QNS), Institute for Basic Science(IBS), Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
- 2017 - 2019
- Research Professor at Ewha Womans University, Research Fellow at the IBS center for Quantum Nanoscience
- 2011 - 2017
- Post-Doc at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
- 2010 - 2011
- Post-Doc at Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Max Auwärter Award (Austrian Physical Society)
- F. Donati et al., “Unconventional Spin Relaxation Involving Localized Vibrational Modes in Ho Single-Atom Magnets”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 077204
- F. Natterer et al., “Thermal and Magnetic-Field Stability of Holmium Single-Atom Magnets”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 027201
- R. Baltic et al., “Superlattice of Single Atom Magnets on Graphene”, Nano Lett. 16,7610.
- C. Wäckerlin et al., “Giant Hysteresis of Single-Molecule Magnets Adsorbed on a Nonmagnetic Insulator”, Advanced Materials 28, 5195
- A. Singha et al., “Magnetic Hysteresis in Er Trimers on Cu(111)”, Nano Lett. 16, 3475.
- F. Donati et al., “Magnetic remanence in single atoms”, Science 352, 318.
- F. Donati et al., “Magnetism of Ho and Er Atoms on Close-Packed Metal Surfaces”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 237201.
Correlation between Electronic Configuration and Magnetic Stability in Dysprosium Single Atom Magnets