George Holmes University Distinguished Professor

Director Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
310B Jorgensen Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0299

Email: tsymbal@unl.edu
Phone: (402) 472-2586


Evgeny Tsymbal joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2002 as Associate Professor, was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure in 2005, and was named Charles Bessey Professor in 2009 and George Holmes University Distinguished Professor in 2013. Prior to his appointment at UNL he was a senior research scientist at University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Research Center-Jülich, Germany, and a research scientist at the Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute” in Moscow.

Evgeny Tsymbal’s research is focused on computational materials science aiming at the understanding of fundamental properties of advanced ferromagnetic and ferroelectric nanostructures and materials relevant to nanoelectronics and spintronics – relatively new research fields promising revolutionize electronic and data storage industries. First-principles calculations along with model approaches are employed to address a wide range of immensely challenging problems on different levels of complexity. An important ingredient of the research is a strong link to experimental investigations being performed at the University of Nebraska and in other academic and industrial laboratories throughout the world.

Evgeny Tsymbal has published over 200 papers, review articles and book chapters and presented over 150 invited talks in the areas of spin-dependent transport, magnetoresistive phenomena, nanoscale magnetism, complex oxide heterostructures, interface magnetoelectric phenomena, two-dimensional electron gases, and ferroelectric tunnel junctions. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Office of Naval Research, Department of Energy, Nanoelectronics Research Corporation, Seagate Technology, and the W. M. Keck Foundation.

Evgeny Tsymbal is Director of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) “Polarization and Spin Phenomena in Nanoferroic Structures,” which involves over twenty faculty members from six departments of the University of Nebraska. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, MRSECs are centers of excellence that support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality. Evgeny Tsymbal has also been Director of the Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)'s Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). CNFD is the multi-institutional Center charged with developing non-conventional electronic devices that can scale computer technology beyond CMOS.

Evgeny Tsymbal is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK, and a recipient of the UNL’s Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA).


» Congratulations to Gautam on his first paper published in Physical Review Materials  (April 2019).

» Congratulations to Ding-Fu on his first-author Physical Review Letters paper predicting an antiferromagnetic Dirac nodal-line metal (February 2019).

» Our collaborative work with Vitaly Alexandrov's group  on ferroelectric tunnel juctions was published in Physical Review Letters and featured on the cover page (August 2018).

» Congratulations to Lingling on his first-author Nature Communications paper which was selected as  editor’s monthly highlight  (July 2018) and was featured in the UNL press release (November 2018).

» Congratulations to Ming on her first paper published in Physical Review B  (April 2018).

» Our collaborative work with  the researchers from U. Wisconsin on a 2D hole gas was published in Nature Materials and featured in the UNL press release  (March 2018).

» Congratulations to Xiaoqian on successfully defending his dissertation and becoming Dr. Xiaoqian Dang! (May 30, 2017)

» Image from our Physical Review Letter paper was featured on PRL's cover page (May 2016).

» Our group was involved in research explaining magnetic threshold of ultra-thin materials which was published in Science (Aug. 2015).

» Nebraska MRSEC receives a $9.6M grant from NSF to support nanotechnology research through 2020 (April 2015).

» Congratulations to Xiaohui for publication in Physical Review Letters! PRL 114, 046601 (2015).

» Our work published in Nature Communications demonstrated a new type of ferroelectric tunnel junctions with graphene electrodes and was featured in the UNL press release and other internet media ( Nov. 2014).

» Congratulations to Xiaoqian with his first paper published! PRB 90, 155307 (2014).

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