Luana Benetti

Research Engineer


Luana has been a Research Engineer at the Spintronics group since October 2022. Her work is focused on optimising complex spintronics device processes required to produce high-quality and highly reliable spintronic nano-devices being explored in the context of the spin dynamics research line.

Luana obtained her PhD in Physics in 2016 at the Federal University of Santa Catarina – UFSC (Brazil), where she worked on developing nanoscillators based on magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) using TiW hard masks lithography. The main focus was to optimize the nanofabrication process, aiming to improve the shape of the nanopillar and reduce the re-deposition and side wall shadow effect in the pillar definition. This research was developed in collaboration with INL through the CAPES-INL project. After her PhD, she kept working at UFSC on the development of nanodevices for spin injection and detection in semiconductor substrates and graphene. Over the years she has also worked in the material science field, on the structural characterization of thin films by XRD and TEM.

In 2018, Luana joined INL as a Research Fellow at the Spintronics Group to work on NOVAMAG project funded by FCT under the supervision of Dr Alex Jenkins. Initially, her research was focused on the study of novel magnetic spin textures fully integrated into magnetic tunnel junctions. She became more proficient and specialized in cleanroom nanofabrication processes for spintronic devices. As a consequence, Luana got involved in the nanofabrication of magnetic tunnel junction devices for nanoscillators within the scope of European projects and private companies.

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