Dec. 2005 -- By Jamie Beckett
Alexandre "Alex" Bratkovski, a researcher working
in the area of nanoscience and nanoelectronics, has been
named a 2005 fellow of American Physical Society, an honor
reserved for no more than half of one percent of APS membership.
Bratkovski (whose name is also spelled Bratkovsky) was
honored for his contributions to the theory of magnetoresistance
and spin injection and design of electronic and spintronic
nanodevices which contributed to the development of a new
type of non-volatile magnetoresistance memory devices.
Bratkovski continues his work on quantum transport and
spintronics, and is also working on ferroelectric nanostructures,
sensors and optical metamaterials.
The APS Fellowship Program recognizes members who have
made advances in knowledge through original research and
publication or made significant and innovative contributions
in the application of physics to science and technology.
HP Labs Senior Fellow Bernardo Huberman is also an APS Fellow.
Bratkovski joined HP Labs in 1996 when the lab began its
explorations into semiconductor nanostructures and nanoelectronics – work
that has since expanded into molecular-size electronics,
spintronics, ferroelectric nanostructures and optical metamaterials
as a part of the Quantum Science Research group. In particular,
his research has focused on transport and physical properties
of systems of nanometer and molecular size, spin-dependent
tunneling, theory of colossal magnetoresistance in doped
manganites and superconductivity in cuprates, ferroelectric
thin films and nanostructures, switching and domain pattern
Immediately before joining HP, Bratkovski was a research
in Oxford University's Department of Materials. From 1990
to 1993, he was a research fellow at Cambridge University's
Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity/Cavendish
Laboratory. Prior to that, he was a senior research scientist
at Kurchatov Institute, which is a premier Russian research
institute in the areas of thermonuclear fusion, molecular,
nuclear, and solid state physics, and superconductivity.
HP Labs has recently seeded a new generation data center
at Kurchatov Institute.
Bratkovski is a member of the American Physical Society
and an affiliate member of Institute of Physics, UK. Since
1999, he has been a visiting professor at the Department
of Physics, Loughborough University of Technology, UK.
Bratkovski has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences,
including the Centennial (1999) March meeting of the American
Physical Society. He also co-organized a tutorial session
of APS on molecular quantum dots (2003), and several conferences
and meetings related to nanotechnology. He has authored
over 100 papers in refereed journals, including three review
articles, and he holds 14 U.S. patents.
Members of the Quantum Science Research group have been
honored repeatedly in recent years, most recently as one
of the Scientific American 50 – the magazine's prestigious
annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leadership in
science and technology from the past year.