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Dustin Gilbert

Assistant Professor


Dustin Gilbert received his B.S. in 2008 from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Physics, and Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in 2014, also in Physics, with a thesis title "Physics on the Nanoscale - a Study of Nanomagnetic Phenomena".

After graduating he received a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, working at the neutron scattering center there. During his research, he has been active in the area of nanoscale materials with an emphasis on magnetism, including high-anisotropy materials, patterned nanostructures, chiral spin textures, ionic materials, and interface coupled composites. His current research has leveraged the unique capabilities of neutron scattering and synchrotron X-rays together to advance the understanding of new emergent fields, including magneto-ionics, skyrmions, and topological insulators.


Properties of Nanostructured materials & nanoscale phenomena. Interactions & reversal behavior in hysteric systems. Topics include structural, magnetic, electrical, & thermal properties of nanostructured systems including nanoparticles, wires, continuous & pattered thin films, e-beam & photolithography defined features, patterned subtstrates, & nanocomposite materials. Neutron scattering to identify buried magnetic features. X-ray scattering for chemical and magnetic spectroscopy and imaging.Current Topics have included magnet skyrmions, control of magnetism by oxygen ion migration, & spin currents. 


Visit Dr. Gilbert's Research Group Website here 


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Professional Service

  • Member, American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Refereed >30 articles in Nature Materials, Scientific Reports, Physical Review Letters/Applied/Materials/B, Journal of Applied Physics, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, JMMM, Physica B, & Applied Physics A
  • Chaired conference sections at MMM 2014, 2016, 2017, Joint MMM-Intermag 2015, EMN Open-Access Week 2015, APS March Meeting 2016, International Conference of Asian Union of Magnetics Societies 2016, International Conference on Neutron Scattering 2017, International Conference on Magnetism 2018, American Conference on Neutron Scattering 2018
  • Program Committee for 2017 MMM; Section Co-organizer APS 2019; Sorter for APS March Meeting 2016; APS-GMAG Focus-Topic co-organizer March Meeting 2019

Awards and Recognitions

  • IOP Publishing “Nanotechnology Young Researchers Award” 2016National Research Council Research Associateship Program Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014 -16)
  • 1st Prize Margaret Burbidge Award for Best Experimental Research by a Graduate Student-APS Far West Section Meeting, Sonoma, CA November 2013
  • Selected Participant of IEEE Summer School on Magnetism Chennai, India Summer 2012
  • UC Davis Graduate Program Fellowship, Winter 2012, Summer 2012
  • UC Davis Summer Researcher Award, Summer 2011
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellowship Program “Honorable Mention”, 2010
  • Academic Honors in Physics from UC Santa Cruz, 2008
  • Honors Thesis “Design, Modeling, Construction, & Testing of a One Meter Parallel Rail Accelerator”, UC Santa Cruz, 2008


  1. Dustin A. Gilbert,* Alexander. J Grutter, Elke Arenholz, Kai Liu, Brian J. Kirby, Julie Borchers, Brain B. Maranville "Structural and Magnetic Depth Profiles of Magneto-Ionic Heterostructures Beyond the Interface", Nature Communications 7, 12264 (2016)
  2. Dustin A. Gilbert*, Alexander J. Grutter, Paul Neves, Guo-Jiun Shu, Gergely Zimanyi, Brian B. Maranville, Fang-Cheng Chou, Kathryn Krycka, Nicholas Butch, Sunxiang Huang, Julie A. Borchers "Precipitating Ordered Skyrmion Lattices from Helical Spaghetti" Under Review
  3. Lisa M. DeBeer-Schmitt, Ryan D. Desautels, Sergio Montoya, Julie A. Borchers, Soong-Geun Je, Mi-Young Im, Michael R. Fitzsimmons, Eric E. Fullerton, Dustin A. Gilbert, "Realization of magnetic skyrmions in thin films at ambient conditions" Under Review
  4. Dustin A. Gilbert, J. Olamit, R. K. Dumas, B. J. Kirby, A. J. Grutter, B. B. Maranville, E. Arenholz, J. A. Borchers, and Kai Liu, “Tunable Positive Exchange Bias via Redox-Driven Oxygen Migration”, Nature Communications, 7, 11050 (2016).
  5. Dustin A. Gilbert,* Alexander J. Grutter, Peyton D. Murray, Rajesh V. Chopdekar, Alexander M. Kane, Aleksey L. Ionin, Michael S. Lee, Steven R. Spurgeon, Brian J. Kirby, Brian B. Maranville, Alpha T. N’Diaye, Apurva Mehta, Elke Arenholz, Kai Liu, Yayoi Takamura, and Julie A. Borchers “Ionic Tuning of Cobaltites at the Nanoscale”, Under Review.

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