Dr. Maksym Yarema (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) wins an ERC Starting Grant

Project: “Solution-Based Engineering of Nanodimensional Phase-Change Materials and Memory Devices”

Photo of Maksym Yarema

© ETH Zurich/ Giulia Marthaler

Maksym was born in Chervonograd, Ukraine, where he finished a local Gymnasium in 2002. He graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 2007 with M.Sc. in Chemistry and gained his Doctoral degree in Engineering Sciences, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in 2012. Maksym then joined Prof. Kovalenko’s research group at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) as a Marie-Curie Fellow. Since 2013, he is working in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Maksym is a recipient of several awards and scholarships, most notably the DAAD Leonhard Euler Scholarship (2006-2007), QSIT q-starter award (2014), SNSF Ambizione Fellowship (2016-2019), ETH Innovedum grant (2018-2020), and now, ERC Starting Grant (2020-2024).
In his ERC project, Maksym will study nanodimensional phase-change materials and memory devices prepared using low-cost, material-efficient, liquid-based fabrication processes. His groundbreaking research on phase-change memory offers a feasible alternative to mainstream silicon-based devices. More broadly, Maksym’s research spans various topics of solid-state and physical chemistry as well as chemical engineering, whereas particular focus is given for colloidal nanomaterials, their synthetic approaches and applications into optoelectronic devices, memory cells, and lithium-ion batteries.