Spintronics-Info gets a new responsive design

Today we launched Spintronics-Info's new design. The changes are not dramatic, but we changed some of the menu system, made the site (hopefully) cleaner and more modern. Most importantly, this design is now mobile-friendly and should prove easier to read on smartphones.

Spintronics-Info homepage responsive design 2015

We hope this design will make the site nicer and easier to read, we'll be happy to hear your thoughts and comments!

Spintronics-Info infrastructure updated

I'm happy to announce that Spintronics-Info's infrastructure was updated today. Spintronics-Info is based on the open-source Drupal CMS, and we updated from version 6 to version 7. As a reader you will not find many differences, but hopefully it will enable a more stable, safe and quick web site.

If you do find any bugs or glitches, please let us know.

Buckyballs for Spintronics research granted €1.5 million from the ERC

Researcher Michel de Jong of the NanoElectronics group (MESA+) in the University of Twente (Netherlands) received a €1.5 million grant from the European Research Council to fund his Spintronics work (this is his second ERC grant). Michel de Jong is focusing on organic materials, in particular in Buckyballs (spherical C60 molecules held together by weak bonds) sandwiched between two magnetic materials.

Michel explains that these molecules have very little effect on electron spin, which is a great advantage as it enables them to store spin information for much longer periods of time than silicon. Buckyballs have also been used to create Graphene Quantum Dots.

New logo for Spintronics-Info

Today we updated our logo for Spintronics-Info, here's the new design:

We hope you like it. We also think that it removes some clutter and makes our page easier on the eyes...

UCLA granted a $8.4 DARPA project to research spin logic technologies

UCLA has received a $8.4 million grant from DARPA to research ultra-low-power, non-volatile logic technologies. This is the same DARPA project that also awarded a contract to Grandis on the same subject a couple of weeks ago.

The UCLA researchers are aiming to develop a prototype non-volatile logic circuit, which could lead to the development of new classes of ultra–low-power, high-performance electronics. The research program will explore three technical areas: the behavior of nanoscale magnetic materials; the fabrication and testing of a non-volatile logic circuit; and the development of novel circuits and circuit-design tools.

The project will be managed at UCLA by research associate Pedram Khalili and will be led under principal investigators Kang Wang and Alex Khitun. It will involved researchers from UCLA, UC Irvine, Yale University and the University of Massachusetts.

Israeli researcher hopes to extend battery life and make faster processors using Spintronics

Dr. Amos Sharoni, an Israeli researcher from Bar-Ilan University is working to make existing batteries last 10 times longer and existing processors work 10 times faster using Spintronics.

Dr. Amos Sharoni photo

Spintronics is the basis of electrical systems. We manipulate electronics to give us power that translates into functions like playing a song. "It's all electrons. They have a charge. There is a battery with a plus-minus. But the electrons have another property - their spin, a small magnetic field, pointing up or down," he explains.

"None of the electronics today use this spin property to do anything," says Sharoni. "It's wasted potential. The reason is because even the smallest element of the device is big, and due to this, you lose all the spin information you have. It gets messy. In regular devices - you just lose it - it's like trying to look through fog."