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current

2015-:       SNF postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and UC Berkeley.  
              


education

2008:
      Bachelor of Arts Moderatorship in Theoretical Physics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.  
                 
   Thesis: Mechanism of Ferroelectricity in Ternary Fluorides NaCaF3 and NaCdF3.
                    Supervisor: Dr. Claude Ederer

2009:        MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, Imperial College, London, England.
                     Thesis: Little and Large: Topological Defects in Cosmology and Condensed Matter
                      Supervisor: Prof. Ray Rivers

2010:        PhD studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.
                     Thesis (MS): Ab Initio Investigation of FeAs/GaAs for Potential Superconducting and Spintronic Applications
                     Supervisor: Prof. Nicola Spaldin
                                        
2014:        PhD, ETH Zürich
                    Thesis: From the Early Universe to the Hubbard Model in the Hexagonal Manganites                      
                    Supervisor: Prof. Nicola Spaldin



research experience


2006:                         FOCAS Institute, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland
                                       Theoretical Modelling of the Holographic Recording Properties of Photopolymers
                                       Supervisor: Dr. Izabela Naydenova and Dr. Vincent Toal

2007:                         University of California Santa Barbara, USA
                                       Density Functional Theory study of the thermoelectric properties of SrTiO3
                                       Supervisor: Dr. Kris Delaney and Prof. Nicola Spaldin

2008:                         Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland
                                       Atomic Scale Model Interfaces between High-k Silicates and Germanium
                                       Supervisor: Dr. Simon Elliott and Dr. James Greer





teaching experience

2010:                       African School on Electronic Structure: Methods and Applications
                                   Mentor, Capetown, South Africa
2012:                       African School on Electronic Structure: Methods and Applications
                                   Mentor, Eldoret, Kenya
2013:                       Khartoum Workshop on Advances in Material Science
                                   Lecturer/Tutor, Khartoum, Sudan

2011-2013:
            ETH Zurich, Switzerland
                                 - Undergraduate and Masters thesis advisor
                                 - Teaching Assistant, 'Materialphysik'
         

                       

invited talks

2011:                         What Multiferroics can tell us about the Origins of the Universe 
                                   HISKP Kolloquium, Uni
versity of Bonn, Germany

2012:                        Cosmic strings meet Multiferroics: Understanding topological defects in spontaneous symmetry breaking phase transitions
                                    APS March Meeting, Boston, MA, USA

                                    Breaking the Wall of Materials Science and the Cosmos 
                                    Falling Walls Lab, Berlin, Germany

2013:                       Multiferroics and the Origins of the Universe
                                    PASC Seminar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

                                    Cosmic Strings meet Multiferroics: Understanding topological defect formation in Crystals.
                                    Crete Center for Theoretical Physics, Greece.



contributed talks

2008:                         Modelling a Hologram (S. M. Griffin, I. Naydenova, V. Toal)
                                    Institute of Physics Nexus Conference, Birmingham, UK
                           
                                    Attacking the Many Body Problem (S. M. Griffin)
                                    Dublin University Mathematical Society, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

2009:                         Little and Large: Topological Defects in Cosmology and Condensed Matter (S. M. Griffin, R. J. Rivers)
                                    APS CA-NV Section, Monterrey, CA, USA

2010:                         
Could pnictide-type superconductivity occur in FeAs/GaAs superlattices? (S. M. Griffin, N. A. Spaldin)
                                    APS March Meeting, Portland, OR, USA
           
                                    Magnetic Monopoles in Spin Ice (S. M. Griffin)
                                    Prof. Ram Seshadri's 286G class at UC Santa Barbara

                                    Searching for High-Tc Features in FeAs/GaAs (S. M. Griffin, N. A. Spaldin)

                                    APS, Caltech CA, USA

2011:    
                    Ab Initio Investigation of the Failure of Efficient Spin-Injection in Fe/GaAs Superlattices (S. M. Griffin, N.A Spaldin)
                                    APS March Meeting, Dallas, TX, USA

                                    Fe-Pnictide Features in FeAs/GaAs Superlattices (S. M. Griffin, N. A. Spaldin)
                                    Korrelationstage 2011, Dresden, Germany

                                    What can Multiferroics tell us about the Origins of the Universe? (S. M. Griffin, N. A. Spaldin)
                                    UK Cosmic Strings Conference, ICG Portsmouth, UK

2013:                          Designer Single-Band Hubbard Materials (S. M. Griffin, N. A. Spaldin)
                                    DPG, Regensburg, Germany                           
            
        
            

           

posters

2010:                        Possible Fe-Pnictide Superconductivity in FeAs/GaAs superlattices (S.M. Griffin, N.A. Spaldin)
                                    Electronic Structure of Fe-based Superconductors Conference, MPI Stuttgart, Germany.

2011:                         Multiferroics and the Early Universe (S.M. Griffin, N.A. Spaldin)
                                    MRC Graduate Symposium, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
                                    Swiss Workshop on Materials with Novel Electronic Properties, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

2013:                        Designer Single-Band Hubbard Materials (S.M. Griffin, N.A. Spaldin)
                                    MRC Graduate Symposium, ETH Zurich, Switzerland



workshops

2009:                          Summer School on Materials Modeling from First Principles: Theory and Practice
                                     ICMR, Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

2011:                          
Emergent States of Electronic Matter
                                      MaNEP Winter School, Saas Fee, Switzerland

                                      Swiss Workshop on Materials with Novel Electronic Properties
                                      MaNEP, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

                                      International Tables of Crystallography Workshop
                                      Bilbao, Spain

                                      CECAM Biennial Electronic Structure Summer School
                                      University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

                                      LDA+DMFT Hands-On Workshop
                                      Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich, Germany

2012:                          European School of Multiferroics
                                      Ascona, Switzerland


2013:                           Emergent States of Electronic Matter
                                      MaNEP Winter School, Saas Fee, Switzerland

publications

1.    From multiferroics to cosmology: Scaling behavior in hexagonal manganites.
        S. M. Griffin, M. Lilienblum, K. T. Delaney, Y. Kumagai, M. Fiebig, N.A. Spaldin
        Phys. Rev. X 2, 041022 (2012)

This work ended up being rather popular; with mentions in (and links to articles):

2.    Ab initio investigation of FeAs/GaAs heterostructures for potential spintronic and superconducting applications.
        S. M. Griffin and N. A. Spaldin
        Phys. Rev. B 85, 155126 (2012)

3.    Atomic-scale model interfaces between high-k silicates and germanium.
        J. C. Greer, S. M. Griffin and S. D. Elliott
        ICHEC Annual Review, p.68 (2008)


awards

A.T. Kearney Scholar, Falling Walls Conference, Berlin, 2012

Finalist, Famelab Switzerland, 2012

Winner, Materials Research Colloquium Poster Prize, ETH Zürich, 2011

Winner, Kennedy Reed Award for Best Theoretical Research, APS-Ca, Caltech, 2010

International Center for Materials Research Award for African School for mentoring, South Africa, 2010

Science Foundation Ireland Research Award in Tyndall Institute, 2008

International Center for Materials Research and SFI Scholarship, 2007

SFI Undergraduate Research Experience and Knowledge Award, 2006

Trinity College Dublin School of Maths award for exam results, 2005

Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition award for exam results, 2004

Bronze medal in Irish Physics Olympiad, 2004

Royal Irish Academy Chemistry Award, 2004

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