Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist


Nicola Spaldin awarded 2019 Prize

Nicola Spaldin, Professor of Materials Theory at the ETH Zurich, has been awarded the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist for her ground-breaking research into multiferroic materials, with which she has laid the foundations for new ultrafast and energy-efficient data storage technologies.

Multiferroics are a new class of materials that respond to both magnetic and electric fields, a combination that does not generally occur simultaneously. This makes multiferroics promising materials that could, for example, replace silicon in future computer chips.

Making a difference to our lives

Each year since 1920, the Marcel Benoist Foundation has awarded a prize for excellent, original and innovative research that is relevant to our lives. Candidates for the prize are established scientists who are seen as having the potential to achieve further outstanding results. The prizemoney is 250,000 Swiss francs.

Selecting a winner has been the responsibility of the SNSF since 2018. The entire research community is able to submit proposals in an open nomination process.


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