Marta Galbiati, Research Fellow of the Ramon y Cajal programme at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the University of Valencia, has joined the Generalitat Valenciana's Gent-T Plan for the promotion of scientific talent through the SEJIGENT modality, aimed at researchers with 5-12 years of postdoctoral experience and with their own R&D project to be deployed over the next four years.
To obtain the SEJIGENT, Galbiati has submit a research project on the investigation of magnetic 2D materials for novel spintronic devices. Her candidature obtained the highest score of all those submitted in the area of Materials Science.
GEN-T Plan grants are highly competitive and are awarded by thematic area - in this case, to materials sciences - and include an amount of 320,000 euros for the duration of the project.
Galbiati (Bergamo, 1986) has already had a distinguished career, including selection for major research programmes. She is currently a Ramón y Cajal researcher and previously a Junior Leader postdoctoral programme fellow of 'La Caixa Foundation'.
She graduated in Physics Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2008 and then moved to France to complete her studies with a master's degree in materials science and nano-objects at the École Polytechnique.
Galbiati received her PhD (2014) from the University Paris-Sud with a thesis entitled "Molecular Spintronics : from Organic Semiconductors to Self-Assembled Monolayers".
The work was carried out at the Unité Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales under the supervision of doctor Frédéric Petroff and professor Pierre Seneor. Her thesis was awarded with the prestigious international Springer Thesis prize.
Joined to ICMol
After her doctorate, Galbiati moved to the ICMol to develop her postdoctoral stage in the team of Professor Eugenio Coronado, Full Professor at the University of Valencia director of the centre.
At ICMol, she continued her research into the study of 2D materials and 2D molecular materials for spintronics, energy storage and detection applications. To this end, she received an individual Marie Skodolowska Curie grant from the European Commission and, after a postdoctoral stay in France, she returned to ICMol as a Juan de la Cierva researcher funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science to start developing her own research line.
The GenT Plan was born in 2017 as the Valencian Government’s strongest commitment to establish a science and technology regional system of excellence, in order to promote technological development and innovation that lead to progress and business competitiveness in the Valencian Community. In addition to the SEJIGENT modality, it includes two other programmes, such as CIDEGENT, which is designed to enable researchers with high-level projects abroad to return to the Valencian Region.