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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 his Research Website here. 


Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Professional Service

  • Member, American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Refereed 60 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
  • Lead Organizer Section 10.1 APS 2020, co-organizer 2019; Program Committee for 2017 MMM; Sorter for APS March Meeting 2016; APS-GMAG Focus-Topic co-organizer March Meeting 2019

Awards and Recognitions

2020 Department of Energy Early Career Award, titled "Exotic Uses of Neutrons an X-rays as Probes for Chiral Magnets"

2014-2016 IOP Publishing “Nanotechnology Young Researchers Award” 2016 National Research Council Research Associateship Program Postdoctoral Fellowship 

Nov. 2013 1st Prize Margaret Burbidge Award for Best Experimental Research by a Graduate Student-APS Far West Section Meeting, Sonoma, CA 


  1. 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" Physical Review Materials, 3, 014408 (2019).

  2. Lisa M. DeBeer-Schmitt, Ryan D. Desautels, Sergio Montoya, Nan Tang, 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" Physical Review Materials 3, 104406 (2019).

  3. 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”, Physical Review Materials 2, 104402 (2018).

  4. 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). 

  5. 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).

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