Distinguished McKnight University Professor Jian-Ping Wang has been elected fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The APS citation reads: “For outstanding contributions to the synthesis and fundamental understanding of magnetic and spintronic materials, and to the fabrication of devices for applications in computing.”
The Society’s Fellowship Program recognizes members who have contributed to the advancement of physics through original research, publication, innovations in science and technology, teaching, and service.
Jian-Ping’s research interests include nano magnetic and spintronic materials and devices, magnetic and spintronic information storage and computing technologies, magnetic biomedical technologies. His contributions to the study and innovations in the field of magnetism are immense: 400 refereed journal papers, with an h-index of 57. He also holds 40 patents, besides 16 that are pending. He was among the first scientists to demonstrate the exchange-coupled composite (ECC) disk media for magnetic recording, which addressed key problems facing perpendicular recording technology, and extended areal density up to 1 Terabit/square inch. His work gained him the 2006 Technical Achievement Award from the Information Storage Industry Consortium, and the ECC media has been in use by the hard disk drive industry since 2016. He also made important contributions to the development of L1₀ Iron-Platinum thin films used in heat assisted magnetic recording media and is the inventor of a nanoparticle deposition technique to fabricate monodispersed L1₀ Iron-Platinum fine nanoparticles.
Jian-Ping’s 2019 SRC Technical Excellence Award serves as a testimony to his outstanding contributions to spintronics: he was among the first to study spin transfer torque in a perpendicular magnetoresistance device, and invented a fully functional programmable spintronic type logic device based on magnetic tunnel junction. His work has advanced the use of metallic spintronic devices for in-memory processing. His accomplishments include the first experimental observation and theoretical calculation of the quantum confinement effect in granular topological insulator thin films, and demonstration of magnetization switching using topological insulators as a spin-orbit torque channel.
In addition to his research contributions, Jian-Ping has also generously shared his time and expertise with the magnetics community as Program Co-Chair for the 2015 Intermag Conference, and as Director of C-SPIN from 2012 through 2017. Starting 2018, Jian-Ping has been serving as Director of SMART (Spintronic Materials for Advanced Information Technologies). Both C-SPIN and SMART are world class research centers that bring together scientists from across the nation to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems.
Fellowship in the APS is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership (excluding student members) is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow of the American Physical Society.