Massimiliano Stengel is an ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB). He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Trieste, and received a Ph.D. in science from the Swiss Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL). After two postdoctoral appointments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at CECAM (EPFL), respectively, he joined ICMAB in February 2010. His research develops and uses frontier electronic-structure methods to tackle key fundamental questions in functional oxide systems, with particular focus on ferroelectricity, magnetoelectricity, confined electron gases, and flexoelectricity.
A predicted class of materials called hyperferroelectrics could prove more stable against the depolarizing internal electric fields known to impede ferroelectricity in thin films.