Dr. Cinthia Piamonteze

Piamonteze Cinthia

Microscopy and Magnetism Group

ResercherID: E-9740-2016



Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI

Cinthia Piamonteze has spent most of her carrier performing research on synchrotron facilities, with expertise on x-ray absorption spectroscopy. She completed her PhD in physics at University of Campinas, Brazil, working at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source (LNLS). Her PhD work was on nickelate systems, using soft and hard x-ray absorption spectroscopy to probe how the electronic and structural properties of these systems change across their metal to insulator transition. During her PhD project she was heavily involved in multiplet calculations for the simulation of x-ray absorption spectra.

After completing her PhD, she moved to the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California for her post-doctoral work. Initially she investigated metalloproteins making use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy to investigate the valence and site symmetry of metal ions inside active sites in enzymes, for example, those responsible for CO oxidation or reduction of N2 to ammonia. Still at ALS, she turned her scientific focus to complex oxides making wide use of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

In 2007 she joined the Paul Scherrer Institute, where she was the scientist responsible for the construction and commissioning of the X-Treme beamline. She took an active role in the beamline optics calculation, planning of the construction and budget, as well as the end-station acceptance tests.

Currently, she is one of the staff scientists in the X-Treme beamline and develops her own scientific projects besides giving expert support to scientific groups coming to the beamline. Her scientific interests include the discovery and investigation of novel properties at the interface between complex oxides in high quality heterostructures and the control of magnetism by electric fields. She is a member of beamtime proposal advisory committees and a reviewer for several scientific journals.

Cinthia Piamonteze’s main responsibilities are the technical development of the X-Treme beamline as well as scientific and technical support of external users. She is also a member of different committees inside PSI and international ones. She is the chair for the organization of the PSI school for master students, the PSI delegate for the experiment environment workgroup within LEAPS. Since 2010 she is in the PSI committee for equal opportunities, which is responsible for proposing projects to support work/life balance, balanced gender representation in natural sciences at PSI, as well as to spark the interest of the young generation in natural sciences. Since 2019 she is a member of the research committee at PSI (Forschungskommission - FoKo), which, among other tasks, is responsible for reviewing scientific proposals that require PSI funding.

Cinthia Piamonteze’s research interest involves the creation and investigation of new magnetic properties at the interface between complex oxides, in high quality heterostructures. In such heterostructures the interface can at times be the key responsible for the properties observed. Heterostructures can also help to disentangle charge, orbital and magnetic degrees of freedom by manipulating one of them through the proximity with another system. Examples of such systems of current interest are heterostructures involving nickelates/manganites or ruthenates/manganites. On the palette of heterostructures studied, are also artificial multiferroic systems where a ferromagnet and a ferroelectric are coupled through an interface. In this case, the goal is to investigate the different mechanisms involved on the control of magnetism by an electric field. The key techniques used are x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and x-ray linear dichroism. The use of multiplet calculations to simulate x-ray absorption spectra follows closely her scientific projects.

For an extensive overview we kindly refer you to our publication repository DORA.


  • Gadolinium as an accelerator for reaching thermal equilibrium and its influence on the ground state of Dy2GdN@C80 single-molecule magnets. A. Kostanyan, C. Schlesier, R. Westerström, J. Dreiser, F. Fritz, B. Büchner, A. A. Popov, C. Piamonteze, T. Greber,  Physical Review B, 103(1), 014404 (2021). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.103.014404

  • Route to tunable room temperature electric polarization in SrTiO3-CoFe2O4 heterostructures, L. Maurel, J. Herrero-Martín, F. Motti, H. B. Vasili, C. Piamonteze, L. J. Heyderman, V. Scagnoli, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 9(18), 5977-5984 (2021). DOI: 10.1039/d0tc05821a

  • Ferromagnetic order of ultra-thin La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 sandwiched between SrRuO3 layers, C. Piamonteze, F. Bern, S. R. Venkata Avula, M. Studniarek, C. Autieri, M. Ziese, I. Lindfors-Vrejoiu,  Applied Physics Letters, 118(15), 152408 (2021). DOI 10.1063/5.0043057

  • Soft X-ray absorption of thin films detected using substrate luminescence: a performance analysis, C. Piamonteze, Y. W. Windsor, S. R. V. Avula, E. Kirk, U. Staub,  Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 27, 1289-1296. (2020) DOI: 10.1107/S1600577520009972

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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