Elton Santos


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Dr Santos received his PhD in 2011 from the Danish Technical University/University of the Basque Country with a European Honour. Then, he was awarded the highly prestigious and competitive John A. Paulson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University to perform research on energy materials and method developments for functional devices. He moved to Stanford University in 2013 as an assistant staff scientist. Dr Santos moved to the UK in 2015 to start his research group at Queen’s University Belfast (QuB) as a prestigious Queen’s Fellow and has taken a leading role on the research of 2D materials and Energy Efficient Processes in QuB. He was promoted to a full Lecturership in 2019, where his leadership was recognized at the national level being appointed to the governance board of the Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Hub. Dr Santos is one of the recipients of the Charles Hatchett 2020 Award for his investigations on energy materials. He moved in 2020 to The University of Edinburgh to hold the position of Reader in Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics at the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems. He is an EPSRC Fellow.   

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Science, DTU, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Award Date: 20 Oct 2011


  • QC Physics
  • Energy
  • 2D materials
  • magnetism
  • optics
  • theory
  • multiscale methods
  • QD Chemistry
  • catalysis
  • interfaces
  • molecules
  • HER


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  • All-optical control of spin in a 2D van der Waals magnet

    Dabrowski, M., Guo, S., Strungaru, M., Keatley, P. S., Withers, F., Santos, E. J. G. & Hicken, R. J., 10 Oct 2022, In: Nature Communications. 13, p. 1-8 8 p., 5976.

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  • Ultrafast laser-driven topological spin textures on a 2D magnet

    Strungaru, M., Augustin, M. & Santos, E. J. G., 17 Aug 2022, In: npj Computational Materials. 2022, 8, 6 p., 169.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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  • The Magnetic Genome of Two-Dimensional van der Waals Materials

    Wang, Q. H., Bedoya-Pinto, A., Blei, M., Dismukes, A. H., Hamo, A., Jenkins, S., Koperski, M., Liu, Y., Sun, Q-C., Telford, E. J., Kim, H. H., Augustin, M., Vool, U., Yin, J-X., Hua Li, L., Falin, A., Dean, C. R., Casanova, F., Evans, R. F. L., Chshiev, M., & 20 othersMishchenko, A., Petrovic, C., He, R., Zhao, L., Tsen, A. W., Gerardot, B. D., Brotons-Gisbert, M., Guguchia, Z., Roy, X., Tongay, S., Wang, Z., Hasan, M. Z., Wrachtrup, J., Yacoby, A., Fert, A., Parkin, S., Novoselov, K. S., Dai, P., Balicas, L. & Santos, E. J. G., 24 May 2022, In: ACS Nano. 16, 5, p. 6960-7079 121 p.

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  • A Chirality-Based Quantum Leap

    Aiello, C. D., Abbas, M., Abendroth, J. M., Afanasev, A., Agarwal, S., Banerjee, A. S., Beratan, D. N., Belling, J. N., Berche, B., Botana, A., Caram, J. R., Celardo, G. L., Cuniberti, G., Garcia-Etxarri, A., Dianat, A., Diez-Perez, I., Guo, Y., Gutierrez, R., Herrmann, C., Hihath, J., & 24 othersKale, S., Kurian, P., Lai, Y-C., Lopez, A., Medina, E., Mujica, V., Naaman, R., Noormandipour, M., Palma, J. L., Paltiel, Y., Petuskey, W. T., Ribeiro-Silva, J. C., Saenz, J. J., Santos, E. J. G., Solyanik, M., Sorger, V. J., Stemer, D. M., Ugalde, J. M., Valdes-Curiel, A., Varela, S., Waldeck, D. H., Weiss, P. S., Zacharias, H. & Wang, Q. H., 26 Apr 2022, In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 16, 4, p. 4989-5035 47 p.

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  • Relativistic domain-wall dynamics in van der Waals antiferromagnet MnPS3

    Alliati, I. M., Evans, R. F. L., Novoselov, K. S. & Santos, E. J. G., 13 Jan 2022, In: Nature. 8, p. 1-9 9 p., 3.

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    Open Access