Sergey Makarov: Experienced Researcher (secondee)

I was engaged in scientific work as a PhD student of Prof. Dr. H. Wende of University of Duisburg-Essen (North Rhine-Westphalia area) and Prof. Dr. J. Kirschner of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle (Saxony-Anhalt area) in Germany. I did my PhD work in structural and magnetic characterization of Fe(001) ultrathin films at the surface of Ir(001) single crystal. My PhD project was related to the investigation of novel concepts and new magnetic materials, which could lead to improvement of the storage density in commercial disc storage devices.

At the end of my PhD studies, I was given the opportunity to join the NU-MATHIMO project as an experienced researcher at Seagate Technology in Northern Ireland. During my three-month secondment in Dr. Martin McCurry’s group in the R&D department, I worked with metal deposition engineers on a PVD tool, depositing and characterizing specific materials for use in the next generation of recording heads. As part of this work, I was trained in XRR and sheet resistance measurements techniques in the Seagate clean room.

I enjoyed working as part of a high-qualified research team in the innovative Seagate Drive Factory in Londonderry. During my secondment, I also got the opportunity to increase my communication and presentation skills. All in all it was a great experience during my secondment within the NU-MATHIMO project.