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Noheda group

Our Mission is to develop novel materials for future electronics. Our focus is on ferroelectrics and multiferroics (for memory applications), piezoelectrics (for energy harvesting) and memristors (for adaptable electronics and neuromorphic computing).

For more information and the latest news to come out of the group, please refer to our website:


August 2023

Sanne Berg successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled Networks of Functional Metal Oxides Towards Neuromorphic Materials. Congratulations!

August 2023

Johanna van Gent González is one of 3 finalists for the KNCV Golden Master Award 2023.

January 2023

Paper by Yingfen Wei on synaptic behaviour of Hafnia ferroelectrics. This paper has been selected as one of the NCE Highlights of 2022.

September 2022

The paper by Qikai Guo on a phenomenological description of metals is published in Phys. Rev. B.:

Rene Fransen tells why we are so proud of this work. You can find this in ScienceLinX and
The links are here:

June 2022

Mart Salverda's work on compact neuristors made of epitaxial TbMnO3 films is published in Journal of Physics D:

May 2022

Ruben Hamming Green
Ruben's CogniGron-IBM Fellowship is featured in ScieneLinX:

March 2022

Foelke Janssen receives the the prize for the Best Poster Presentation at the NanoGe conference on
Materials, Devices and Systems for Neuromorphic Computing (MatNeC22):

February 2022

New Paper by Silang Zhou on the first thin films alpha-quartz Si1-xGexO2 is now published in Scientific Reports:

January 2022

Silvia Damerio successfully defended her PhD thesis! Congratulations!

December 2021

New paper by Silvia Damerio on the spin Hall magnetoresistance in the aniferromagnet CaFe2O4 in collaboration with the group of Prof. Bart van Wees published in Advanced Electronic Materials:

November 2021

Many congratulations to Jan Rieck for receiving the APL Materials Excellence in Research Award, obtained as first author of a paper on his master project work on memristive devices with Prof. Regina Dittmann at the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Read more about it here.

October 2021

New paper by Ewout van der Veer in collaboration with Mónica Acuautla (ENTEG) is out:

Jordi Antoja Lleonart successfully defended his PhD thesis! Congratulations!

September 2021

Qikai Guo successfully defended his thesis with the cum laude distinction. Congratulations!

August 2021

Qikai Guo's work showing a hidden metal-insulator transition and Planckian dissipation in Nickelate thin films has been published in npj Quantum Materials:

July 2021

Silang Zhou's first paper on the crystallization of GeO2 quartz films is published in Acta Materialia:

April 2021

First operando experiments applying electric fields inside the TEM on hafnia-based ferroelectrics by Pavan Nukala et al. published in Science:

February 2021

First work on in-situ TEM of hafnia-based ferroelectrics by Pavan Nukala et al., in collaboration with Majid Ahmadi and Bart Kooi's team is out:

New paper by Jan Rieck together with the group of Regina Dittmann in Juelich has been published in APL Materials:

Our new paper by Cynthia Quinteros, Jordi Antoja Lleonart and Prof. Beatriz Noheda has been published in Condensed Matter:

December 2020

New paper on how to stabilize the rhombohedral phase of ferroelectric hafnia-based thin films, led by Pavan Nukala and Yingfen Wei, has been published:

November 2020

New review and perspective article on polymer templating of multifunctional oxide nanostructures by Jin Xu, Sanne Berg et al. published in Journal of Applied Physics. This is the result of a long lasting collaboration with the group of Prof. Katja Loos. Read the article here.

July 2020

Prof. Beatriz Noheda has won the prestigious Robert E. Newnham Ferroelectrics Award for her ‘outstanding contributions to the understanding of the giant piezoelectricity in lead zirconate titanate and ferroelectric relaxors, based on her discovery of their low symmetry phases’. Read more here.

July 2020

Our paper on the ALD growth of SiO2-GeO2 multilayers by Jordi Antoja-Lleonart et al. has been published in Applied Physics Letters:

June 2020

Our paper on the tunable resistivity exponents in the metallic phase of epitaxial nickelatest by Qikai Guo et al. has been published in Nature Communications:

Our paper on the magnetic structure of CaFe2O4 thin films by Silvia Damerio et al. has been published in npj Quantum Materials:

February 2020

Piezo-tile developed as a collaboration with Mónica Acuautla (ENTEG) is already counting steps in Zuidhorn. For details, see here.

February 2020

Pavan Nukala receives the Outstanding reviewer award from Acta Materialia in recognition of his excellent service as a reviewer for the Acta Journals in 2019

January 2020

Paper on transitional ferroelectrics has been highlighted in Scilight:

The ACS LiveSlides™ presentation for our recently published article "Direct Epitaxial Growth of Polar (1-x)HfO2(x)ZrO2 Ultrathin Films on Silicon" by Pavan Nukala et al. is now available at:

December 2019

Our new work on multiferroic tunnel junctions based on ferroelectric (FE) hafnia is out:

August 2019

Paper on  periodicity doubling cascades in ferroelastic domains chosen as Editor's suggestion in Physical Review Letters and as Viewpoint subject in Physics

January 2019

Pavan Nukala wins the Best oral presentation award at the 2019 "Fundamental Physics of Ferroelectrics Workshop” in Tampa, Florida, USA!

October 2018

New ferroelectric phase of Hafnia published in Nature Materials Nanosized ferroelectrics become a reality

June 2018

Mónica Acuautla has gained an Assistant professorship in Engineering Materials at the neighbour ENTEG institute. Congratulations, Mónica, on this achievement! It has been an absolute pleasure to have you in the group and we look forward to continue collaborating with you.

May 2018

Pavan Nukala obtains a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship and joins the group. Thank you, Pavan, for choosing us!

March 2018

Cynthia Quinteros, expert on dielectrics and resistive switching, joins the group. Welcome, Cynthia!

February 2018

Beatriz Noheda is appointed as director of the new Cognitive Systems and Materials center (CogniGron)

June 2017

Our work within Nanolab NL featured in Youtube films

NanoLabNL: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen - Beatriz Noheda

NanoLabNL: Atomic Scale Control to Enhance Nanotechnology

May 2017

Our collaboration with the neighbor town hall Zuidhorn appears in the news

July 2016

NWO-Veni grant for Dr. Saeedeh Farokhipoor

Perspective article on ferroelectric chalcogenides by B. Noheda and B.J. Kooi appears in Science

May 2016

TOP-PUNT grant of 1.7 M€ for Beatriz Noheda

January 2016

Cover of January 2016 issue of Advanced Electronic Materials features our paper Arnoud Everhardt et al. " Ferroelectric domain structures in low-strain BaTiO3 "

December 2015

Two papers on Jeroen Heuver’s thin films of multiferroic spinel CoCr2O4 are published in Physical Review B:

J.A. Heuver et al. (Strain-induced magnetic anisotropy in epitaxial thin films of the spinel CoCr2O4 ) and A. Aqeel et al. (Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in spin-spiral and paramagnetic phases of multiferroic films)

November 2015

Paper by Arnoud Everhardt et al. " Ferroelectric domain structures in low-strain BaTiO3 " published online in Advanced Electronic Materials.

February 2015

Oleskiy Nesterov successfully defends his thesis "Control of Periodic Ferroelastic Domains in Ferroelectric Pb1-xSrxTiO3 thin films for nanoscale memory devices"

November 2014

Paper by Saeedeh Farokhipoor et al. " published in Nature: DOI: 10.1038/nature13918

June 2014

Paper accepted in Nature Communications: The paper on "Super switching and control of in-plane ferroelectric nanodomains in strained thin films" by Sylvia Matzen, Oleksiy Nesterov, Gijsbert Rispens, Jeroen Heuver, Mike Biegalski, Hans Christen, and Beatriz Noheda to appear in July in Nature Communications .

December 2012

Beatriz Noheda is appointed member of the Editorial board of Applied Physics/Journal of Applied Physics for the next 3 years.

December 2011

Beatriz Noheda has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. For more information see RUG, Zernike Institute or FOM press releases.

October 2011

Paper on "Flexoelectric rotation of polarization in ferroelectric thin films" by Gustau Catalan, Ard Vlooswijk, Gijsbert Rispens and Beatriz Noheda (SSME group) and collaborators at Twente, Barcelona and Toulouse, has been published in Nature Materials (Advanced online publication in October 16th). See also press release.

August 2011

Paper on "Conduction at 71° domain walls in BiFeO3 thin films" by Saeedeh Farokhipoor and Beatriz Noheda has been accepted in Phys. Rev. Letts.

June 2011

The University of Groningen is ranked 4th in terms of citations and impact on Materials Science according to Thomson Reuters (June 2011). See ranking.