Prize Recipient

Claire Donnelly

Claire Donnelly
ETH Zurich - Paul Scherrer Institute


"Hard X-ray Tomography of Three Dimensional Magnetic Structures"


Claire Donnelly received her Master’s degree with First Class Honours from Oxford University, UK. She has worked on her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Laura Heyderman at the ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland since 2013, and defended her thesis in 2017. During her PhD, Claire Donnelly has focused on the fabrication and characterisation of three dimensional magnetic systems. In particular, in collaboration with colleagues at the Swiss Light Source, she has developed hard X-ray magnetic nanotomography, a technique which provides new possibilities for the mapping of three dimensional magnetic configurations within a variety of magnetic systems with nanoscale resolution. In the first demonstration of the technique, the magnetic configuration surrounding magnetic singularities, or Bloch points, was observed for the first time. Following her PhD defence in 2017, Claire Donnelly is now working as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof Heyderman for one year, and is continuing to use magnetic X-ray nanotomography to investigate a variety of three dimensional magnetic structures.

Selection Committee:

2018 Selection Committee: Bill Halperin (chair) J. W. Allen, Michael Flatté, Michelle Johannes