Dr. Rasuolė Lukošė received an M.Sc degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006 from the University of Vilnius, Lithuania. The PhD degree in Chemistry was obtained from the Humboldt University, Germany in 2010, in the field of synthesis and developments of functional thin oxide films. The experimental work was performed at the Institute of Crystal Growth (IKZ) in Berlin. After parental leave she joined the National Centre of Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, Lithuania, and is currently involved in several R&D projects of magnetic materials and their practical applications.
Sensing new possibilities in graphene
Lithuanian scientist Rasuolė Lukošė is developing a new innovative way of combining graphene – a carbon sheet just one atom thick – and manganite layers in order to manufacture highly sensitive sensors. These sensors will be used to measure pulsed magnetic fields, opening up important research capabilities in fields such as materials science. Magnetic field sensors are also used in medical and biomedical applications such as MRI and molecule tagging. While graphene offers manufacturers amazing strength, flexibility and electrical conductivity, a key barrier to transferring graphene-based innovations from the lab to the market has been a lack of large-scale, cost-effective production techniques.
With the help of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship grant, Lukošė aims to combine the manganite and graphene layers in order to increase the magnetoresistance and therefore the sensitivity of the new material. This will increase the magnetoresistance of the new material, believes Lukošė. She will carry out a range of investigations to determine the right composition of materials and the crystallinity of the films, and then assess the electrical and magnetic properties of the new material.
Dr. Rasuolė Lukošė is winner of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship grant in the European Union and she is recognized as one of the 30th of the most promising European researchers.