Rembert Duine obtained his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 2003 from Utrecht University, working on cold atoms in collaboration with Henk Stoof. He was at The University of Texas at Austin from 2004 until 2006 as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Allan MacDonald. He returned to Utrecht in 2006 where he currently leads a condensed-matter theory group funded by a Starting Independent Researcher Grant of the European Research Council and an Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VIDI) grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). His current research interests are spintronics and cold-atom systems.
Spin dependence of atomic and electronic interactions can give rise to propagating regions of aligned spins in solids called spin waves. These have now been observed in a gas of ultracold fermionic atoms.