Dr. Alexander Tsirlin

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Tel.: +49-821-598-2045
Fax: +49-821-598-3652
Room: 482
Address: Universitaetsstrasse 1
86135 Augsburg


2006 Diploma in chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia
2009 PhD, Moscow State University, Russia
2009–2012 Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden
2012–2015 Mobilitas top researcher, National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Tallinn, Estonia
2015– group leader (Sofja Kovalevskaya Award), Experimental Physics VI, University of Augsburg

Publications: 112 publications according to my records (July 2015), although numbers may differ depending on how you count.
A somewhat incomplete publication list is available here, you can also check my ResearcherID.

Research interests
  • Quantum and frustrated magnetism. My main focus is on magnetic materials, where we try to observe and understand collective phenomena driven by the low-dimensionality and competing exchange couplings. We are looking for exotic magnetic orders, spin-liquid candidates, and more.
    Frustrated spin ladder magnetism of BiCu2PO6: PRB 82, 144426 (2010); new twists in the spin-chain physics, SrCuTe2O6: PRB 91, 214413 (2015)
  • New transition-metal compounds are perpetually prepared by chemistry groups. We investigate crystal structures and low-temperature properties of these compounds.
    FeB4 – the first superconductor from ab initio: PRL 111, 157002 (2013);
  • Modeling of Li-ion battery materials. In collaboration with experimental groups, we explore the structural stability and transformation mechanisms related to the Li-ion intercalation process in battery materials
    Elusive β-phase of NaMnO2: Chem. Mater. 26, 3306 (2014)
  • X-ray crystallography at non-ambient conditions. Using synchrotron radiation, we investigate structural transformations in inorganic compounds at low temperatures and/or under pressure.
    Fe1+yTe under pressure: PRB 86, 094505 (2012)

  • Sample preparation
  • X-ray and neutron crystallography
  • Thermodynamic and transport measurements
  • Neutron scattering
  • Ab initio calculations (DFT)
  • Numerical simulations for spin Hamiltonians (QMC, ED, DMRG, etc.)