Talieh Ghiasi wins Minerva Prize 2023

Talieh Ghiasi (Harvard and TU Delft) wins the Minerva Prize 2023. The Minerva Prize is intended for young, promising female or non-binary physicists in the Netherlands, who excel in a field of physics, experimental and/or theoretical. Talieh excels in experimental research and is at the forefront of her field, making her the rightful winner this year.

Talieh Ghiasi’s groundbreaking research in spintronics has led to significant advances in spin-related functionalities of nanodevices with potential applications in future memory and computing systems. By tailoring graphene properties, she developed a new generation of two-dimensional spin-logic devices where the graphene itself converts electrical and thermal signals into spin information. Her pioneering research, as a PhD student at the University of Groningen and postdoc at TU Delft, involves various experimental techniques and has made a high impact in the field. She recently started working as a postdoc at Harvard University with a Rubicon grant and she is also affiliated with TU Delft as a visiting researcher.

Talieh has a strong passion for teaching and outreach. In addition to her research, she taught and supervised students at the University of Groningen and Delft University of Technology. In the field of outreach, she has conducted a large number of interviews, written several blog posts, and communicated her research on various scientific platforms. Talieh is very adept at going off the beaten track and at successfully collaborating with other groups in the Netherlands and abroad.

All in all, Talieh Ghiasi is a wonderful winner of the Minerva Prize 2023. The Minerva Prize is a joint initiative of the Dutch Physics Society (NNV) and the Dutch Physics Council (DPC). With the Minerva Prize, both institutions want to make a positive contribution to increasing gender diversity within the Dutch physics field. The prize comes with a cash prize of € 5,000. The NNV/DPC Minerva Prize award ceremony will take place during NWO Physics 2024 23 to 24 January 2024, where Talieh will also give a lecture about her work.