Wednesday, 25 November, 2009
Dr. Rossitza Pentcheva joins CeNS as Extraordinary Member
Rossitza Pentcheva studied physics at the University of Sofia and Cologne. During her diploma thesis at Research Center Jülich and her PhD thesis at the Fritz-Haber Institute at the Max-Planck Society in Berlin she specialized in density functional theory calculations to model the growth and properties of ultrathin transition metal films. With her DFG research grant she moved in 2002 to the LMU Munich, Section Crystallography, investigating the surface properties of complex oxides as potential spintronics materials. After returning from a research stay at the University of California at Davis in 2005, she built up a group in computational materials science at the Section Crystallography (Lehrstuhl Schmahl) and completed her habilitation in materials science in 2008. Her research focuses on mechanisms that control the stabilization of novel electronic and magnetic phases at oxide surfaces and interfaces.