Professor Paolo Radaelli has been awarded the Institute of Physics’ and the Italian Physical Society’s Giuseppe Occhialini Medal and Prize. The award recognises Professor Radaelli’s seminal contributions to understanding functional and magnetic oxides, particularly through the use and development of techniques using neutron and synchrotron facilities as well as the promotion of UK-Italian bilateral activities.
Throughout his career, Professor Radaelli’s studied a range of materials, from high-Tc superconductors to colossal magnetoresistance manganese oxides and, more recently, real-space topological magnetic structures, which are considered promising for future computing paradigms. As primary research tools, he employed neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray spectroscopy and spectral microscopy.
The award is one of the IOP’s international bilateral medals and prizes made jointly with the Italian Physical Society and was established in 2007 in memory of Giuseppe Occhialini to mark the centenary of his birth.
Professor Radaelli said: 'I am very proud to be recognised at the same time by the Italian physics community, which educated me as an undergraduate, and by the UK physics community, which "adopted" me and enable me to achieve my scientific ambitions.'