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Sinead Griffin

Staff Scientist, Theory of Nanostructured Materials




Griffin received her PhD from ETH Z├╝rich in 2014. From 2015-18 she was an SNF postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab, becoming staff scientist in both the Molecular Foundry and the Materials Science Division in 2018. Griffin received the Swiss Physical Society Award for General Physics in 2017 and a Berkeley Lab Early Career LDRD in 2018. She is also actively involved in promoting science in Africa, and since 2010 has lectured throughout the continent as part of the African School on Electronic Structure: Theory and Applications (ASESMA).

Research Interests

My research uses a combination of analytical and computational methods to understand, manipulate and design functional properties in quantum materials. These include magnetic, multiferroic and topological order, with applications ranging from quantum information science to next-generation microelectronics. I'm particularly interested in the interface between condensed matter science and high-energy physics, and my work currently includes the design of materials for dark matter detection.