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Dr Fernando Rhen Profile

Contact Information:

Nanoscale physics and energy

Department of Physics and Energy,University of Limerick,

Limerick, IRELAND

Tel: +353-61-202290


Consultation hours: Mondays: 16:30 to 17:30 and Fridays: 16:00 to 17:00.



2001-2005, PhD Physics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Republic of Ireland. Supervisor: Professor J.M.D. Coey

Subjects: Solid State Physics, Soft Mater, Magnetism, Nanoscience.

1999-2001, MSc Physics, University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. Supervisor: Professor Frank P. Missell

Subjects: Solid State Physics, Magnetism.

1994-1998, BSc Physics,
University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil.


Career Details:

2008-present Lecturer, Department
of Physics, University of Limerick (UL), Limerick Ireland

Microelectronic Application Integration (MAI),
Tyndall National Institute (UCC), Cork, Ireland

Research and development of soft magnetic material
for high frequency application; establishment of a magnetism laboratory in
Tyndall; preparation of reports and deliverables. Funding sources: Enterprise
Ireland and Science
Foundation of Ireland (SFI).


2005-2006 Research Fellow,
School of Physics, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD), Ireland.

Duties: Research on magnetic field effect on metal/liquid interfaces. Preparation of
reports.  Funding source: Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI).

Research facilities:

As part of the state of the art MSSI facilities, the PI has access to:

Microscopy: SEM/EDX/WDX and HTEM.




Professional membership:

member of Materials Science Surface Institute (MSSI)

member of Charles Paterson Institute (CPI)


Areas of interest:

Nanoscience and nanotechnology

Device fabrication/characterization

Material science

Characterization of physical/chemical properties of materials

Scientific instrumentation

Energy conservation and energy conversion

Energy efficiency

Nanoscale magnetism/magnetic related phenomena

Spin dynamics and spin manipulation

Modelling and computer simulation

Low temperature physics



2008- Joint European Magnetic Symposia (JEMS08), September 14 – 19, 2008 in Dublin Ireland,
chairman of the Symposia: “Magnetic fluids, levitation,
magnetoelectrochemistry and novel applications”, symposia organizer.
2008- Power supply on Chip workshop, September 22 – 23, 2008 in Cork, Ireland, Member of the local Committee


Selected Publications:
An extensive list of publications can be found at google scholar
(author = Fernando Rhen)

Sina SoltanMohammad, Serguei Belochapkine, F.P. Missell and F. M. F. Rhen, “Preisach analysis of sputtered SmCo thick films”, JOURNAL OFAPPLIED PHYSICS 113, 143901

Fernando M. F. Rhen, Jeffrey Godsell, Terence O’Donnell and Saibal Roy, “Spin Dynamics of polycrystalline Ni films on Si substrate” JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIC MATERIALS 322, 1686-1689 (2010)

T. O’Donnell, N.N. Wang, S.Kulkarni, R. Meere, F. M. F. Rhen,
S. Roy, S. C. O’Mathuna, “Electrodeposited Anisotropic NiFe 45/55 thin films
for high-frequency micro-inductor applications”, JOURNAL OF MAGNETISM AND
322, 1690-1693(2010)

J. F. Rohan, B. M. Ahern, K. Reynolds, S. Crowley, D. A. Healy,
F.M.F. Rhen, S. Roy, “Electroless thin film CoNiFe-B alloy for integrated
magnetics on Si”, ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA 54, 1851 (2009).

James F. Rohan, Declan P. Casey, David Fleming, Fernando M. F. Rhen and Simon
Lawrence, “Coaxial metallic nanotubes in polycarbonate templates by electroless

F. M. F. Rhen and J. M. D. Coey, “Magnetic field induced modulation of
anodic area: rest potential analysis of Zn and Fe”, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 111 (8), 3412 (2007).

F. M. F. Rhen and J. M. D. Coey, “Magnetic field effect on
autocatalysis: Ag and Cu in concentrated Nitric acid”, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 110 (12), 6274 (2006).

F. M. F. Rhen, P. Dunne and J. M. D. Coey,
“Magnetic field induced rest potential shift of metallic electrodes in nitric acid solution”, MAGNETOHYDRODYNAMICS 42(4),
395 (2006).