The Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) is a multi-university and industry research center that aims to develop technologies for spin-based computing and memory systems. C-SPIN's research areas include perpendicular magnetic materials, spin channel materials (including topological insulators, monolayer MoS2 and graphene), spintronic interface engineering, spin devices and interconnects and spintronic circuits and architectures.

University partners include the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, MIT, Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Riverside. Industry partners include IBM, Applied materials, Intel, Texas Instruments and Micron.

C-SPIN is funded by a five-year $28 million grant awarded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

CSEQuIN (Buffalo university)

The Center for Spin Effects and Quantum Information in Nanostructures (CSEQuIN) was formed in January, 2005. The purpose of the Center is to foster interactions and collaboration among faculty at the University at Buffalo focusing on research and development and educational activities in the areas of spin effects and nanostructures. The Center also facilitates cooperative, multidisciplinary activities and multi-investigator research proposals and projects.

The Laboratory for Spintronics Research in Semiconductors (LSRS) is the result of the corporative research efforts in CSEQuIN in the area of magnetic semiconducting materials and structures. It is a part of a $10 million, multi-institution consortium, headed by UB and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The focus of LSRS is to study magnetic semiconductors and structures for spintronic device applications, in which the spins of electrons and holes are used to achieve device functions.

CSQC (California university)

The Center for Spintronics and Quantum Computation is part of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) based at the University of California - Santa Barbara. The center is focused on research, education and training in spin-based electronics and quantum computation.

Their Spintronics research includes -

  • Fundamental materials and growth issues of new ferromagnetic semiconductor hybrid materials
  • Physics of spin-dependent transport and coherent flow of information
  • Electronically-controlled magnetism in hybrid ferromagnetic/semiconductor heterostructures
  • Photonically-controlled magnetism in quantum geometries
  • Advanced instrumentation and sensing

CSQC web site


NANOSPIN is a Europeen commision projected bringing together 8 academic and industrial partners with a strong background in spintronic materials and devices, and comming from 6 Europeen member countries. The project aims at the development of novel multifunctional spintronic nanoscale devices whose mode of operation is designed to take optimum advantage of the specific magneto electric properties of ferromagnetic semiconductors. The devices combine non-volatility, low current consumption, high switching speed and excellent scalability.


Spintec, based in France, is a spintronics research laboratory with a goal to bridge fundamental research and advanced technology devices.

Spintec is jointly operated by CEA and CNRS, and located in Grenoble, France. The activities are focused on 6 thematics: Modeling/CAD, Data Storage, MRAM, Spin transfer, Silicon-based devices, Technology.

The center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA)

The center on Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA) aims to create and investigate new nano-engineered functional materials and devices, and novel structural and computational architectures for new information processing systems beyond the limits of conventional CMOS technology.

FENA has five research themes, including simulation of nanoscale materials and function of nanoscale devices (including spin devices) and Novel Heterogeneous Nanodevices (including Spintronics devices). 

FENA is located in Los Angeles, CA, USA

FENA's web site 

Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN)

The Western Institute of Nanoelectronics (WIN), a National Institute of Excellence, has been organized to build on the best interdisciplinary talents in the field of nanoelectronics in the world. WIN's mission is to explore and develop advanced research devices, circuits and nanosystems with performance beyond conventional scaled CMOS. For the first phase, the proposed research will focus initially on nano spintronics and nano plasmonics extending from material, devices, and device-device interaction all the way to circuits and architectures.

WIN will initially be made up of scientists and engineers from four leading academic institutions with equal emphasis: UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSB and Stanford.

WIN is based in Los Angeles, CA, USA