Alex Matos Abiague

Alex Matos Abiague

Associate Professor

391 Physics Research Building

666 W Hancock, Detroit, MI 48201

Alex Matos Abiague

Associate Professor:  Wayne State University     2023 - Present

Assistant Professor:  Wayne State University    2017 - 2023

Research Assistant Professor:  University at Buffalo    2016 - 2017

Research Scientist:  University at Buffalo    2014 - 2016

Research Associate:  University of Regensburg (Germany)    2006-2014

Postoctoral Fellow:  Max-Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics (Germany)    2004-2006

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Theoretical and Computational Condensed Matter Physics

  • Spintronics: Fundamentals and Applications

  • Topological Phases of Matter

  • Two-dimensional Materials

  • Quantum Devices and Quantum Information


Spintronics/Topological Matter/Quantum Computing


  • Ph. D. Physics, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • B. Sc. Universidad de Oriente, Cuba

Awards and grants

  • Nanoelectronics with Proximitized Materials (ONR)

  • Engineering topological states using electrically tunable magnetic chains (DOD-DARPA)

Selected publications

  • Proximitized Materials, I. Žutić, A. Matos-Abiague, B. Scharf, H. Dery, and K. Belashchenko, Materials Today 22, 85 (2019)
  • Magnetic Proximity Effects in Transition-Metal Dichalcogenides: Converting Excitons, B. Scharf, G. Xu, A. Matos-Abiague, and I. Žutić, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 127403 (2017)
  • Tunable Magnetic Textures: From Majorana Bound States to Braiding, A. Matos-Abiague, J. Shabani, A. D. Kent, G. L. Fatin, B. Scharf, and I. Žutić, Solid State Commun. 262, 1 (2017)
  • Tunneling Planar Hall Effect in Topological Insulators: Spin Valves and Amplifiers, B. Scharf, A. Matos-Abiague, J. E. Han, E. M. Hankiewicz, and I. Žutić, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 166806 (2016)
  • Wireless Majorana Bound States: From Magnetic Tunability to Braiding, G. L. Fatin, A. Matos-Abiague, B. Scharf, and I Žutić, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 077002 (2016)
  • Magnetoanisotropic Andreev Reflection in Ferromagnet-Superconductor Junctions, P. Högl, A. Matos-Abiague, I. Žutić, J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 116601 (2015)
  • Tunneling Anomalous and Spin Hall Effects, A. Matos-Abiague and J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 056602 (2015)
  • Emergence of Spin–Orbit Fields in Magnetotransport of Quasi-Two-Dimensional Iron on Gallium Arsenide, T. Hupfauer, A. Matos-Abiague, M. Gmitra, F. Schiller, J. Loher, D. Bougeard, C. H. Back, J. Fabian, and D. Weiss, Nature Commun. 6, 7374 (2015)
  • Magnetic Control of Spin-Orbit Fields: a First-Principles Study of Fe/GaAs Junctions, M. Gmitra, A. Matos-Abiague, C. Draxl, and J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 036603 (2013)
  • Coulomb Drag between Massless and Massive Fermions, B. Scharf and A. Matos-Abiague, Phys. Rev. B 86, 115425 (2012)
  • Theory of Thermal Spin-Charge Coupling in Electronic Systems, B. Scharf, A. Matos-Abiague, I. Žutić and J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. B 85, 085208 (2012)
  • Spin-Orbit Coupling Mediated Spin Torque in a Single Ferromagnetic Layer, A. Matos-Abiague and R. L. Rodríguez-Suárez, Phys. Rev. B, 80, 094424 (2009)
  • Anisotropic Plasmons in a Two-Dimensional Electron Gas with Spin-Orbit Interaction, S. M. Badalyan, A Matos-Abiague, G Vignale, and J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. B 79, 205305 (2009)
  • Anisotropic Tunneling Magnetoresistance and Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance: Spin-Orbit Coupling in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions, A. Matos-Abiague and J. Fabian, Phys. Rev. B 79, 155303 (2009)
  • Semiconductor Spintronics, J. Fabian, A. Matos-Abiague, C. Ertler, P. Stano, and I. Žutić, Acta Phys. Slov. 57, 565 (2007)
  • Tunneling Anisotropic Magnetoresistance and Spin-Orbit Coupling in Fe/GaAs/Au Tunnel Junctions, J. Moser, A. Matos-Abiague, D. Schuh, W. Wegscheider, J. Fabian, and D. Weiss, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 056601 (2007)

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Courses taught by Alex Matos Abiague

Winter Term 2024 (current)

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022