Dr. Cinthia Piamonteze

Scientist (X-Treme)

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

  • magnetism and phase transitions in strongly correlated electron systems
  • intrinsic and composite multiferroics, magnetoelectric multipoles
  • x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray dichroism
  • spectra simulation by charge transfer multiplet theory

Current position

  • since 2007: Scientist at the X-Treme beamline, belonging to the "Microscopy and Magnetism" group, SLS, PSI, Switzerland

Previous Positions

  • 2006 to 2007: Postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA. Supervisor: Dr. Elke Arenholz
  • 2004 to 2006: Postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Stephen P. Cramer


  • 2000 to 2004: Ph.D. in Physics, University of Campinas, Brazil, Supervisor Dr. Helio C. N. Tolentino
  • 1998 to 2000: M.Sc. in Physics, University of Campinas, Brazil. Supervisor Dr. Leandro R. Tessler
  • 1994 to 1997: Bachelor degree in Physics, University of Campinas, Brazil

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  • Magnetic and electronic properties at the γ−Al2O3/SrTiO3 interface, J. R. L. Mardegan, D. V. Christensen, Y. Z. Chen, S. Parchenko, S. R. V. Avula, N. Ortiz-Hernandez, M. Decker, C. Piamonteze, N. Pryds, and U. Staub, Phys. Rev. B 99, 134423 (2019) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.134423
  • A Living‐Dead Magnetic Layer at the Surface of Ferrimagnetic DyTiO3 Thin Films,Raphaël Aeschlimann, Daniele Preziosi, Philipp Scheiderer, Michael Sing, Sergio Valencia, Jacobo Santamaria, Chen Luo, Hanjo Ryll, Florin Radu, Ralph Claessen, Cinthia Piamonteze, Manuel Bibes, Adv. Mater. 30, 1707489 (2018). DOI:10.1002/ADMA.201707489

  • Study of magneto-electric coupling between ultra-thin Fe films and PMN-PT using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, S. R. V. Avula, J. Heidler, J. Dreiser, J. Vijayakumar, L. Howald, F. Nolting, and C. Piamonteze, J. Appl. Phys. 123, 064103 (2018). DOI:10.1063/1.5002530

  • Symmetry breaking at the (111) interfaces of SrTiO3 hosting a two-dimensional electron system, G. M. De Luca, R. Di Capua, E. Di Gennaro, A. Sambri, F. Miletto Granozio, G. Ghiringhelli, D. Betto, C. Piamonteze, N. B. Brookes, and M. Salluzzo, Phys. Rev. B, 98, 115143 (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVB.98.115143

  • Magnetic properties of strained multiferroic CoCr2O4: A soft x-ray study, Windsor Y. W., Piamonteze C., Ramakrishnan M. Scaramucci A, Rettig L, Huever J A, Bothschafter E M, Bingham N S, Alberca A, Avula S R V, Noheda B, Staub U. Phys. Rev. B 95, 224413 (2017) DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVB.95.224413
  • Magnetoelectroelastic control of magnetism in an artificial multiferroic, Heidler J, Fechner M, Chopdekar RV, Piamonteze C, Dreiser J, Jenkins CA, Arenholz E, Rusponi S, Brune H, Spaldin NA, Nolting F, Phys. Rev. B 94 014401 (2016). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.94.014401 DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVB.94.014401
  • Tunable spin polarization and superconductivity in engineered oxide interfaces Stornaiuolo D, Cantoni C, De Luca GM, Di Capua R, Di. Gennaro E, Ghiringhelli G, Jouault B, Marrè D, Massarotti D, Miletto Granozio F, Pallecchi I, Piamonteze C, Rusponi S, Tafuri F, Salluzzo M. Nature Mater. 15, 278–283 (2016). DOI:10.1038/NMAT4491
  • Interfacial Control of Magnetic Properties at LaMnO3/LaNiO3 Interfaces Gibert M, Viret M, Torres-Pardo A, Piamonteze C, Zubko P, Jaouen N, Tonnerre J M, Mougin A, Fowlie J, Catalano S, Gloter A, Stephan O, Triscone J M. Nano Lett. 15 7355-7361 (2015). DOI:10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02720
  • Interfacial properties of LaMnO3/LaNiO3 superlattices grown along (001) and (111) orientations. Piamonteze C., Gibert M., Heidler J., Dreiser J., Rusponi S., Brune H., Triscone J. -M., Nolting F., Staub U. Phys. Rev. B 92 014426 (2015). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.014426
  • Evidence for Coexistence of Bulk Superconductivity and Itinerant Antiferromagnetism in the Heavy Fermion System CeCo(In1-xCdx)5. Howald L, Stilp E, Dalmas de Reotier P, Yaouanc A, Raymond S, Piamonteze C, Lapertot G, Baines C, Keller H. Sci. Rep. 5 12528 (2015). DOI:10.1038/srep12528
  • Surface Aligned Magnetic Moments and Hysteresis of an Endohedral Single-Molecule Magnet on a Metal. Westerstroem Rasmus, Uldry Anne-Christine, Stania Roland, Dreiser Jan, Piamonteze Cinthia, Muntwiler Matthias, Matsui Fumihiko, Rusponi Stefano, Brune Harald, Yang Shangfeng, Popov Alexey, Buechner Bernd, Delley Bernard, Greber Thomas. Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 087201 (2015). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.087201
  • Manipulating magnetism in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 via piezostrain Heidler J, Piamonteze C, Chopdekar R, Uribe-Laverde M, Alberca A, Buzzi M, Uldry A, Delley B, Bernhard C, Nolting F. Phys. Rev.B 91 024406 (2015). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.91.024406
  • Transport properties of a quasi-two-dimensional electron system formed in LaAlO3/EuTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures De Luca G. M., Di Capua R., Di Gennaro E., Granozio F. Miletto, Stornaiuolo D., Salluzzo M., Gadaleta A., Pallecchi I., Marre D., Piamonteze C., Radovic M., Ristic Z., Rusponi S. Phys. Rev. B 89 224413 (2014). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.89.224413
  • Reaching the magnetic anisotropy limit of a 3d metal atom I. G. Rau, S. Baumann, S. Rusponi, F. Donati, S. Stepanow, L. Gragnaniello, J. Dreiser, C. Piamonteze, F. Nolting, S. Gangopadhyay, O. R. Albertini, R. Macfarlane, C. P. Lutz, B. A. Jones, P. Gambardella, A. J. Heinrich, H. Brune. Science 344 988 (2014). DOI: 10.1126/science.1252841
  • Origin of Interface Magnetism in BiMnO3/SrTiO3 and LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Heterostructures, M. Salluzzo, S. Gariglio, D. Stornaiuolo, V. Sessi, S. Rusponi, C. Piamonteze, G. M. De Luca, M. Minola, D. Marre, A. Gadaleta, H. Brune, F. Nolting, N. B. Brookes, G. Ghiringhelli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 8 087204 (2013) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.087204
  • Strain-dependent magnetic configurations in manganite-titanate heterostructures probed with soft X-ray techniques R. V. Chopdekar, J. Heidler, C. Piamonteze, Y. Takamura, A. Scholl, S. Rusponi, H. Brune, L. J. Heyderman, F. Nolting, Eur. Phys. J. B 86 241 (2013) DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2013-30995-4
  • An endohedral single-molecule magnet with long relaxation times: DySc2N@C80, Rasmus Westerström, Jan Dreiser, Cinthia Piamonteze, Matthias Muntwiler, Stephen Weyeneth, Harald Brune, Stefano Rusponi, Frithjof Nolting, Alexey Popov, Shangfeng Yang, Lothar Dunsch, and Thomas Greber, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 9480 (2012) DOI: 10.1021/ja301044p
  • X-Treme beamline at SLS: a beamline for x-ray magnetic circular and linear dichroism at high field and low temperature, Cinthia Piamonteze, Uwe Flechsig, Stefano Rusponi, Jan Dreiser, Jakoba Heidler, Marcus Schmidt, RetoWetter, Thomas Schmidt, Helena Pruchova, Juraj Krempasky, Christoph Quitmann, Harald Brune and Frithjof Nolting, J. Synch. Rad. 19 661 (2012) DOI: 10.1107/S0909049512027847
  • Ferromagnetic-type order of atomic multipoles in the polar ferrimagnetic GaFeO3, U. Staub, C. Piamonteze, M. Garganourakis, S. P. Collins, S. M. Koohpayeh, D. Fort, and S. W. Lovesey, Phys. Rev. B 85 144421 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.144421
  • Stability of Ni sites across the pressure-induced insulator-to-metal transition in YNiO(3), Aline Y Ramos, Cinthia Piamonteze, Hélio C. N. Tolentino, Narcizo M. Souza-Neto, Oana Bunau, Yves Joly, Stéphane Grenier, Jean-Paul Itié, Néstor E. Massa, José A. Alonso, and Maria J. Martinez-Lope, Phys. Rev. B 85 045102 (2012) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.045102
  • Direct observation of a ferri-to-ferromagnetic transition in a fluoride-bridged 3d-4f molecular cluster, Jan Dreiser, Kasper S. Pedersen, Cinthia Piamonteze, Stefano Rusponi, Zaher Salman, Md. Ehesan Ali, Magnus Schau-Magnussen, Christian Aa. Thuesen, Stergios Piligkos, Høgni Weihe, Hannu Mutka, Oliver Waldmann, Peter Oppeneer, Jesper Bendix, Frithjof Nolting and Harald Brune, Chem. Sci. 3 1024 (2012) DOI: 10.1039/C2SC00794K
  • Magnetic and electronic properties of RNiO3 (R = Pr, Nd, Eu, Ho and Y) perovskites studied by resonant soft x-ray magnetic powder diffraction, Y. Bodenthin, U. Staub, C. Piamonteze, M. Garcia-Fernandez, M. J. Martinez-Lope, J. A. Alonso, J. Phys. Condens. Matter, 23, 036002 (2011) DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/23/3/036002
  • Magnetoelectric effects studied by resonant x-ray diffraction in ferrimagnetic GaFeO3, U. Staub, Y. Bodenthin, C. Piamonteze, S. P. Collins, S. Koohpayeh, D. Fort, S. W. Lovesey, Phys. Rev. B 82, 104411 (2010) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.104411
  • Accuracy of the spin sum rule in XMCD for the transition-metal L edges from manganese to copper, Cinthia Piamonteze,Piter Miedema and Frank M. F. de Groot, Phys. Rev. B 80, 184410 (2009) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.184410
  • Parity- and time-odd atomic multipoles in magnetoelectric GaFeO3 as seen via soft x-ray Bragg diffraction, U. Staub, Y. Bodenthin, C. Piamonteze, M. García-Fernández, V. Scagnoli, M. Garganourakis, S. Koohpayeh, D. Fort, and S. W. Lovesey, Phys. Rev. B 80, 140410(R) (2009) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.140410
  • Room-temperature photomagnetism in the spinel ferrite (Mn,Zn,Fe)3O4 as seen via soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, J. S. Bettinger, C. Piamonteze, R. V. Chopdekar, M. Liberati, E. Arenholz, and Y. Suzuki, Phys. Rev. B 80, 140413(R) (2009) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.140413
  • X-ray absorption study of the electronic structure of Mn-doped amorphous Si, L. Zeng, A. Huegel, E. Helgren, F. Hellman, C. Piamonteze, E. Arenholz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 142503 (2008) DOI: 10.1063/1.2908050
  • Identification of a Mo-Fe-S cluster on NifEN by MoK-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure, Simon J. George, Robert Y Igarashi RY, Cinthia Piamonteze, Basem Soboh, Stephen P. Cramer, Luis M. Rubio J. Am. Chem. Soc. 129, 3060 (2007) DOI: 10.1021/ja0663428
  • The phase derivative method in EXAFS applied to the study of rare-earth nickel perovskites, Cinthia Piamonteze, Helio C. N. Tolentino, Aline Y. Ramos, Nucl. Instr. Meth, Nucl. Instr. Meth B 246, 151 (2006)
  • Spin-orbit-induced mixed-spin ground state in RNiO3 perovskites probed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy: Insight into the metal-to-insulator transition, C. Piamonteze, F. M. F. de Groot, H. C. N. Tolentino, A. Y. Ramos, N. E. Massa, J. A. Alonso, and M. J. Martínez-Lope, Phys. Rev. B 71, 020406(R) (2005) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.020406
  • Short-range charge order in RNiO3 perovskites (R=Pr, Nd, Eu, Y) probed by x-ray-absorption spectroscopy, Cínthia Piamonteze, Hélio C. N. Tolentino, Aline Y. Ramos, Nestor E. Massa, Jose A. Alonso, Maria J. Martínez-Lope, and Maria T. Casais, Phys. Rev. B 71, 012104 (2005) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.012104
  • Environment of erbium in a-Si:H and a-SiOx:H, C. Piamonteze, A. C. Iñiguez, L. R. Tessler, M. C. Martins Alves and H. Tolentino, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4652 (1998). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.4652