The European Research Council (ERC) granted a six-year €9.7 million grant to professor Jairo Sinova from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) for its spintronics research. Professor Sinova will collaborate with researchers from the UK and the Czech Republic.

The project is titled "Spin-charge conversion and spin caloritronics at hybrid organic-inorganic interfaces". The researchers hopes that by combining principles of inorganic spintronics with organic materials (polymers) they will achieve better results than if they used purely inorganic systems. The advantages of using polymers include the flexibility of the material, control over the physical properties, and the fact that they are relatively easy to produce.

The research partners, besides the JGU include researchers from the University of Cambridge, the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, Hitachi Europe and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.