Aurelien Manchon, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering​​​​​

​Tel.: +966 12 808 4410​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Condensed Matter Physics, Spintronics, Magnetism​​

Research Interests

Manchon’s research focuses on spintronics, which aims at utilizing the quantum spin degree of freedom of the carrier to generate disruptive solutions for electronics. His research interest spans from spin-orbit coupled transport and topological matter to chiral magnetism, antiferromagnets and ultrafast spin dynamics.
Manchon has engaged in a number of collaborations with both experimentalists and theorists in his field around the world, including researchers at National University of Singapore, CEA/CNRS Grenoble in France, University of Mainz, UT Austin, U. Of Minnesota etc. He has authored about 100 publications (h-index=26, #citations>3500) in esteemed journals including Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, Physical Review B, and Applied Physics Letters.

Selected Publications

Antiferromagnetic spintronics​
V. Baltz, A. Manchon, M. Tsoi, T. Moriyama, T. Ono, and Y. Tserkovnyak,
Rev. Mod. Phys.​ (2017)

Intrinsic non-adiabatic topological torque in magnetic skyrmions and vortices

C. A. Akosa, P. B. Ndiaye, and A. Manchon
Phys. Rev. B 95, 054434 (2017)

Spin diffusion and torques in disordered antiferromagnets​
A. Manchon, (Special Issue: Emerging Leaders)
J. Phys. Condens. Matter. 29, 104002 (2017)

Hund's rule-driven Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction at 3d-5d interfaces​
A. Belabbes, G. Bihlmayer, F. Bechstedt, S. Blugel, and A. Manchon
Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 247202 (2016)

Enhanced non-adiabaticity in vortex cores due to the emergent Hall effect​
A. Bisig, C. A. Akosa, J.-H. Moon, J. Rhensius, C. Moutafis, A. von Bieren, J. Heidler, G. Kiliani, M. Kammerer, M. Curcic, M. Weigand, T. Tyliszczak, B. Van Waeyenberge,  H. Stoll, G. Schutz, K.-J. Lee, A. Manchon, and M. Klaui
Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 277203 (2016)

Enhanced spin-orbit torque via modulation of spin current absorption​​
X. Qiu, W. Legrand, P. He, Y. Wu, J. Yu, R. Ramaswamy, A. Manchon, and H. Yang
Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 217206 (2016)

Spin swapping transport and torques in ultrathin magnetic bilayers​
H. Saidaoui and A. Manchon
Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 036601 (2016)

Chiral damping of magnetic domain walls 
E. Jué, C.K. Safeer, M. Drouard, A. Lopez, P. Balint, L. Buda-Prejbeanu, O. Boulle, S. Auffret, A. Schuhl, A. Manchon, I. M. Miron, G. Gaudin
Nat. Mater. 15, 272-277 (2016) 

New Perspectives for Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling
A. Manchon, H.C. Koo, J. Nitta, S.M. Frolov, R.A. Duine
Nat. Mater.​ 14, 871–882 (2015)
Listed hot paper by Web of Science. 

Relativistic Néel-Order Fields Induced by Electrical Current in Antiferromagnets​
J. Železný, H. Gao, K. Výborný, J. Zemen, J. Mašek, A. Manchon, J. Wunderlich, J. Sinova, and T. Jungwirth
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 157201 (2014) 

Spin Transfer Torque Generated by the Topological Insulator Bi2Se3
A. R. Mellnik, J. S. Lee, A. Richardella, J. L. Grab, P. J. Mintun, M. H. Fischer, A. Vaezi, A. Manchon, E. A. Kim, N. Samarth, and D. C. Ralph
Nature 511, 449 (2014)

Diffusive spin dynamics in ferromagnetic thin films with a Rashba Interaction
X. Wang and A. Manchon
Phys. Rev. Lett.​ 108, 117201 (2012)
Published in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Theory of nonequilibrium intrinsic spin torque in a single nanomagnet
A. Manchon and S. Zhang
Phys. Rev. B 78, 212405 (2008)
Published in Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology.


​2007 Ph.D. in Physics
University Joseph Fourier & CEA/DSM/INAC/SPINTEC laboratory, Grenoble, France

2004 Master “Lasers and Matter
 Summa Cum Laude, ranked 3rd
Ecole Polytechnique & Orsay University, Palaiseau, France

2004 Master of Engineering
Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France​

Professional Profile

2015-Now   Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, affiliated with Electrical Engineering,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

2009-2015   Assistant Professor
of Materials Science and Engineering
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

2007-2009   Postdoctoral Fellow 
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Arizona-Tucson, USA

2004-2007   Research Fellow
CEA/DSM/INAC/SPINTEC laboratory, Grenoble, France

2003-2004   Research Assistant
ONERA, Palaiseau, France

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​American Physical Society (APS)

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)​


2004-2007​   Ph.D. Fellowship at the Center for Atomic Energy (CEA), France