Hello everyone! I’m Mikko Kataja and I come from Finland, where I did my PhD in Aalto University on magneto-optically active plasmonic nanoparticles. I am now in ICMAB in Multifunctional Oxides and Complex Structures research group to explore the possibilities that active oxide materials, such as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric oxides, offer in the field of optics, especially for active nanoscale optical devices. In my freetime, I enjoy cooking and board games.
I’m joining MULFOX (as a RyC scientist) to work within the multifunctional oxides group. My work experience and interests are magnetism and spintronics in mesoscopic systems. Currently, I seek new types of information processing inspired on how the brain works; I consider that exploiting complexity of magnetic and electric signals at the nanoscale is an alternative approach to device miniaturization. I believe there is life outside the lab and we, scientists, must connect our work with society.
I am Juan de la Cierva fellow (2 years) at MULFOX. My main expertise is the ferroelectric characterization of oxides. Currently, I am focusing my investigations on the interaction of light with ferroelectric materials, and also on the electroresistance phenomena in ferroelectrics. I am also very interested on antiferromagnetic materials, and how to manipulate their magnetic order.