A new study managed to see the showed that barium titanate (BaTiO3) exhibits a multiferroic property (dual traits of both ferroelectric and ferromagnetic) at room temperature using soft X-ray resonant magnetic scattering. The EU-funded project was led by researchers from Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

This unique property of BaTiO3 could be used to make spintronic devices - quickly and cost effectively. The EU's ELISA (European light sources activities - synchrotrons and free electron lasers) project granted 10 million euro to the project, and the FEMMES (FerroElectric Multifunctional tunnel junctions for MEmristors and Spintronics) project contributed a further 2 million euro.