Dr. Michalis Charilaou
Magnetic materials support our most vital infrastructures e.g. by driving powerful motors, generating electricity in power plants, or sensing. Magnetic-field-based sensing existed long before humanity, specifically in bacteria, and it was based on nanoscopic phenomena that we are just discovering today. In this brief talk, I will show how studying magnetic nanoparticles and their assemblies in bacteria can shed light to the distant past of the planet, how this research enables the development of innovative technologies, e.g. for biomedicine, and how it enables us to obtain a deeper understanding of magnetic phenomena in materials.