Dr Laura Fumagalli

Reader in Condensed Matter Physics

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Laura Fumagalli is reader in condensed matter physics at the Department of Physics & Astronomy and staff researcher of the National Graphene Institute. Her research focuses on the study of electric/dielectric properties of bio and non-bio materials on the atomic scale. She received her M.Sc. in electronic engineering in 2002 (double-degree program at Polytechnic University of Milan - Italy and École Superior d’Electricité - France) and her PhD in 2006 at Polytechnic University of Milan with a thesis on low-noise amplifiers applied to scanning probe microscopy (SPM) - supervisors Prof. M. Sampietro and Prof. G. Ferrari - developing new instrumentation and methods that probe impedance and dielectric properties on the nanoscale. She then joined the Department of Electronics of the University of Barcelona (Spain) as post-doctoral researcher (2006-2010) and lecturer (2010-2014), further developing scanning probe approches to probe dielectric properties on the atomic scale. During this period, she was awarded the Juan de la Cierva research fellowship (2009) and the Ramon y Cajal research fellowship (2014) by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. She joined the Condensed Matter Physics group at the University of Manchester as lecturer in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded the ERC Consolidator grant "Two-dimensional liquid-cell dielectric microscopy - Liquid2DM" by the European Research Council with the aim of probing the dielectric properties of liquids under confinement. She got tenured in 2019 and promoted to reader in the same year. She currently sits in the AFM & SPM committee of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) and is co-editor of the RMS magazine "InFocus". 

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