Leszek Malkinski, Ph.D.



  • M.S., Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland, 1984
  • Ph.D., Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 1991


Research Specialties

  • Thin Film Technology in low dimensions
  • Materials Science (Magnetic Materials and Composites)

Lab Personnel

  • Dr. Seong-Gi Min - Postdoc.
  • Dr. S. Babu Narendra-Postdoc
  • Rahmatollah Eskandari-Grad. Student
  • John Gaffney - Grad. Student
  • Ganesh Tiwari - Undergraduate


  • PHYS 4901 - Condensed Matter and Material Science
  • PHYS 3301 - Intermediate Mechanics
  • PHYS 4503 - Electrodynamics
  • PHYS 4901 - Modern Magnetic Materials and Applications
  • PHYS 4150 - Microprocessor and Scientific Instrumentation
  • PHYS 4501 - Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 1061 - Physics for Science and Engineering
  • PHYS 4160G - Advanced Physics Laboratory

Thin Film Technology Laboratory is equipped with two physical deposition systems:

Three-chamber ultra-high vacuum system from AJA International Inc. has magnetron sputtering chamber with six 2” magnetron sputtering guns and plasma etcher, electron beam evaporation chamber with 5 pocket evaporator, ion gun and 50 kV reflection high energy diffraction system (RHEED) and the analysis chamber equipped with LEED and Auger spectrometer. Both deposition chambers have rotatable and heated (up to 850oC) sample stages.

Another system from APX scientific has six 3” magnetron sputtering guns and a dual electron bean evaporator with 10 pockets for materials.

Part of the group activities is management of AMRI cleanroom facilities located in the Nanodevice Processing Laboratory equipped with deep UV photolithography and ion milling for fabrication of patterns. In addition electron beam writing is used to fabricate nanoscale patterns.

The focus of the research is on fabrication and characterization of patterned magnetic nanostructures. In particular multiferroic, spintronic and microwave materials are in the scope of the research. Potential applications target micro- and nano- electro mechanical systems (MEMS, NEMS), magnetoresistive random access memories (MRAMs), magnetic sensors stress sensors and biosensors, tunable microwave devices.

This research is supported through grants from DARPA, NSF and LA Board of Regents SF.


Recent Papers

J.-H. Lim*, W.-S. Chae, H.-O. Lee, L. Malkinski, S.-G. Min, J. B. Wiley, J.-H. Jun, S.-H. Lee and J.-S. Jung, “Fabrication and magnetic properties of Fe nanostructures in anodic alumina membrane.” J. Appl. Phys., 107, 09A334 (3 pages) (2010)

B. K. Kuanr*, V. Veerakumar, L. M. Malkinski, A. V. Kuanr, R. E. Camley, and Z. Celinski, “ Microwave properties of NiFe nanostrips.” IEEE Trans. on Magn., 45, (10) 3550-3553 (2009)

K. B. Paul and L. Malkinski*, “Friction on the microscale.” Rev. Sci. Instruments, 80, 085110 (1-4) (2009)

K. B. Paul and L. Malkinski*, “Morphology, magnetic and dynamic properties of artificial structures assembled by acoustic vibrations.” J. Appl. Phys., 106, 063905 (1-5) (2009)

L. Malkinski*, J.-H. Lim, W. S. Chae, H.-O. Lee, E.M. Kim, and J.S. Jung, “Fabrication and magnetic properties of MnFe2O4 nanowire arrays.” Electronic Materials Lett., 5 (2) 87-90 (2009)

S.G. Min*, Y. D. Zhang, L. Malkinski, S. C. Yu, K. W. Lee and Y. C. Kim, "Magnetic entropy change of V substituted Ni-Mn-Ga Heusler alloy." J. Appl. Phys., 105, 07A929-(1-3) (2009)

B. Kuanr, R. Lopusnik, L. M. Malkinski, M. Wenger, M. Yu, D. Scherer, R. Camley and Z. Celinski, ”High frequency characterization of Permalloy nanosized strips using network analyzer ferromagnetic resonance.“ J. Appl. Phys., 103, 07C508-1-3 (2008)

J.-S. Jung, J.-H. Lim, L. Malkinski, A. Vovk, K.H. Choi, S.L. Oh, Y.R. Kim, J.-H. Jun, “Magnetic properties of structurally confined FePt nanoparticles within mesoporous nanotubes.” J. Magn, Magn. Mater., 310 (2) 2361-2363, (2007)

M. H. Yu, L. Malkinski, L. Spinu, W. L. Zhou, S. Whittenburg, “Size Dependence of static and dynamic magnetic properties in anoscale square Permalloy antidot arrays.” J. Appl. Phys., 101 (9) 09F01-(1-3) (2007)

W. Wang, L. Malkinski, J. Tang, “Enhanced spin- dependent tunneling magnetoresistance in magnetite films coated by polystyrene.” J. Appl. Phys., 101 09J504 (1-3) (2007)

S-L. Oh, Y.R. Kim, L. Malkinski, A. Vovk, S. Whittenburg, E.M. Kim, J.-S. Jung, “Magnetic properties of nickel nanostructures grown in AAO membranes.” J. Magn, Magn. Mater., 310(2) E827-9 (2007)

K.-H. Choi, S. H. Lee, Y. R. Kim, L. Malkinski, A. Vovk, Y. Barankov, J.H. Park, Y.K. Jung, J.-S. Jung, ”Magnetic Behavior of Fe3O4 nanostructure fabricated by template method.” J. Magn, Magn. Mater., 310 (2), E861-3(2007)

L. Malkinski, M. Yu, A. Vovk, D. J. Scherer II, L. Spinu, W. Zhou, S. Whittenburg, Z. Davis and J.-S. Jung, “Microwave absorption of patterned arrays of nanosized magnetic stripes with different aspect ratios." J. Appl. Phys., 101, (2007) 09J110 (1-3)

A. Vovk, M. Yu, L. Malkinski*, C. J. O’Connor, Z, Wang, E. Durant, J. Tang, V. Golub, ”Magnetic and transport properties of NiMnAl thin films.” J. Appl. Phys., 99 08R503 (p.1-3) (2006)

W.-S. Chae, K.-H. Choi, Y.-R. Kim, J.-S. Jung, L. Malkinski, C. J. O'Connor ,“Structural confinement effects of an amorphous magneto-semiconductor within nanochannels.” J. Chin. Chem. Soc., 53 (1) (2006) 209-217