The ERC grants €1.9 million towards a new magnetic spintronics insulators project

The European Research Council (ERC) granted a €1.9 million new project to Prof. Can Onur Avci, in the field of magnetic insulators for spintronics devices. Prof. Aci will move to ICMAB and be integrated at the ICMAB Research Line 3 (RL3) “Oxides for new generation electronics”. The activities of this research center span from multiferroics, flexoelectric materials oxide photonics and spintronics to ferroelectric memory arrays and GHz-THz magnetoelectrics.

The awarded project is called MAGNEPIC, or “Magnetic Insulators: An Enabling Platform for Innovative Spintronic Concepts”. The project full goal is to study magnetic insulators to develop novel device concepts and explore emerging physical phenomena that could be useful for future spintronics research and applications.

The EU funds two new graphene spintronics projects

The european Graphene Flagship project has announced 16 newly-funded graphene FLAG-ERA projects. These projects which will become Partnering Projects of the Graphene Flagship – receiving around €11 million in funding overall.

Two of these projects will investigate the promising properties of graphene for spintronics. The SOgraphMEM project will test specific materials for a novel branch of spintronics called spin-orbitronics, while the DIMAG project will fabricate new layered magnetic materials with optimal characteristics for spintronics applications.

Researchers receive grant to develop next-generation highly efficient spintronics-based AI hardware

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark received a EUR 4.4 million grant from the EU FET to develop novel spintronics-based AI hardware. The researcher say that their suggested design can end up having 100,000 times the performance of the state-of-the-art AI systems of today.

SpinAge spintronics hardware poster

The project, called SpinAge, will revolve around a neuromorphic computer system (NCS) design that is unique, scalable and highly energy efficient (the researchers estimate that the new design will be more efficient than current designs by at least a factor of 100). The synaptic neurons in this system will be based on spintronics technology.

Oakland University professors gets a $500,000 reward to research quantum spintronics

Dr. Wei Zhang, an assistant professor of physics at Oakland University, has earned the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program Award and a $500,000 grant over five years to study quantum spintronics.

Quantum spintronics, a relatively new field, studies how a material’s quantum properties (either natural or engineered) could be used to advance future spintronics devices. The grant funding will help facilitate the development of new quantum spintronic laboratory modules at the university, as well as outreach and education activities.

The University of Konstanz to establish a superconducting spintronics research hub

The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award, Germany's most highly-endowned research award for early-research scientists, went this year to Dr Angelo Di Bernardo from Cambridge University. Dr. Angelo was awarded with 1.65 million Euros and will move to the University of Konstant in which he will establish a research hub in the field of superconducting spintronics.

Dr. Angelo's project that won the award is dealing with superconducting spintronics with oxides and 2D materials.

The US NIST to establish a $10 million spintronics material research facility in Minnesota

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its partners in the US Nanoelectronic Computing Research (nCORE) consortium have awarded $10.3 million over four years to establish a spintronics research center in Mineesota.

The Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) will be led by and housed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and will include researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland.

NVE reports its financial results for Q1 2017

Spintronics developed NVE Corporation reported its financial results for Q1 2017. Revenues reached $6.85 million (up 12% from Q1 2016), due to 23% increase in product sales (offset by 49% decrease in contract R&D revenues). net income increased 16% to $3.03 million.

NVE recently introduced three new and improved products; a low-field angle sensor, a new spintronics mangetometer sensor (which is the world's smallest high-performance integrated circuit analog sensor) and the world's smallest high performance isolated network transceiver.

JGU establishes a new spintronics junior research group

The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), with funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG), is setting up an Emmy Noether independent junior research group to study spintronics.

Skyrmions generated by hairy balls image

Specifically, the TWIST (Topological Whirls in SpinTronics) work group will study skyrmions - magnetic "particles" or nodes within a magnetic texture. Skyrmions are more stable than other magnetic structures and react particularly readily to spin currents - which makes them interesting for spintronics applications.

£2.7 million granted for superconducting spintronics devices R&D

The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is funding a £2.7 million spintronics project led by the University of Cambridge. The aim of the project is to develop prototype superconducting spintronics devices for power-efficient supercomputing applications.

This work continues from the discovery of spin polarized supercurrents in 2010 at the University of Cambridge, as well as recent research that shows it is possible to power spintronic devices with a superconductor.