Professor Amalia Patanè studied at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where she graduated with first class honours in Physics in 1994 and obtained a PhD in 1997. She worked as an EPSRC Research Associate (1998/2002) at the University of Nottingham, appointed Lecturer at Nottingham in 2002, and later promoted to Associate Professor (2006), Professor of Physics (2011) and Director of Research (2019-to date) in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Nottingham. Her research focuses on the quantum behavior of electrons in semiconductor materials and devices, most recently on two-dimensional systems. Her research achievements were recognized by the Sir Charles Vernon Boys Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (2007), an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2004/2009), a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2017/19), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) President’s International Fellowship (2018/19) and an Honorary Professorship at the Institute of Semiconductors (2018- to date, CAS, Beijing). Prof. Patanè coordinates the UK Membership of the European Magnetic Field Laboratory, EMFL (2015-22). She has initiated the process by which the EMFL is now available as an EPSRC National Research Facility (NRF) to UK-based scientists working in different fields (magnetism, correlated systems, semiconductors, etc.). As a member of the EMFL Council and NRF Director, she has contributed to the development of the EMFL facilities and their access by a large community (>800 users).
The European Magnetic Field Laboratory (EMFL) unites, coordinates and reinforces all existing European large-scale high magnetic field research infrastructures in a single body. It includes the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI) with sites in Grenoble and Toulouse, the High Field Magnet Laboratory (HFML - Nijmegen) and the Hochfeld-Magnetlabor (HLD - Dresden) providing access to the highest continuous and pulsed magnetic fields in Europe. The research conducted at the EMFL is multidisciplinary, merging concepts from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering. Researchers at the EMFL can use several experimental techniques in magnetic field, such as thermal and electrical transport, thermodynamic characterization, magnetization, optical spectroscopy, and magnetic resonance. Magnetic fields can also be used in conjunction with a free electron laser (FEL) at the HLD-Dresden (FEL-ELBE) and at the HFML-Nijmegen (FELIX). This lecture will review recent advances at the EMFL with a focus on high magnetic fields as a powerful means of understanding and manipulating matter for science and technologies.