Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


Home > Press > UCL forges new research links with China in nanospintronics

The London Centre for Nanotechnology - a joint venture between UCL and Imperial College London - is taking a strategic lead in the emerging field of nanospintronics, by initiating collaborative projects with research groups at China's top two universities, Peking University and Tsinghua University. The projects aim to develop radically new approaches to miniaturization of computer systems, based on the exploitation of special magnetic "spin" properties of individual molecules and single atoms.

UCL forges new research links with China in nanospintronics

London & China | Posted on August 3rd, 2009

The two projects, which were awarded to LCN researchers as well as scientists from the University of Surrey in the UK, and Beijing University and Tsinghua University in China, focus on ‘silicon-based spintronics' and ‘molecular nanospintronics'. These projects were selected as part of a call for collaborative UK-China research projects in nanospintronics, issued by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation of China.

Professor Gabriel Aeppli, Director of the LCN, was enthusiastic about the opportunities presented by the double award. "These projects will take our collaborations with two top Chinese universities to new heights," he said. "China is an emerging powerhouse of advanced research and by collaborating with scientists from around the world, the LCN is driving nanotechnology forwards."

Traditional electronics exploits the electronic charges in metals, semiconductors, and superconductors to construct a broad range of omnipresent devices, with applications ranging from computation and transmission of data to medical diagnostics. In the past two decades, scientists and engineers have begun to take advantage of the magnetism that is also an inherent property of charge carriers. Often referred to as "spintronics", technology based on the interplay between charge and spin offers revolutionary new functionality including non-volatility in data storage, higher sensitivity in sensors, and reduced energy consumption.

The projects aim for an in-depth understanding of the nanoscale electronic, magnetic, and structural properties of novel spintronic systems made from ultra-small silicon and organic structures. Recent advances in scanning probe microscopy, pioneered by the team's members, have enabled the exploration of these systems at the single atom or molecule scale. When combined with the team's expertise in the growth and fabrication of organic thin-film devices, this knowledge will enable the development of new device paradigms.

The two spintronics projects add to UCL's portfolio of collaborative projects with China. Other recent announcements include an investigation into "Fourth Generation wireless communication", under the EPSRC's "UK-China Science Bridges" scheme, and a study of "innovative adsorbents and processes for integrated carbon capture and multi-pollutant control", under the EPSRC's scheme for "Collaborative Research with China on Cleaner Fossil Fuels".


About London Centre for Nanotechnology
The London Centre for Nanotechnology, LCN, is a UK based multidisciplinary enterprise operating at the forefront of science and technology. It is a joint venture between University College London and Imperial College London and is based at the Bloomsbury and South Kensington sites. It has a unique operating model that accesses and focusses the combined skills of the departments of chemistry, physics, materials, medicine, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering and earth sciences across the two universities.

For more information, please click here

Bloomsbury (UCL) Site
London Centre for Nanotechnology
17-19 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AH
tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0604
fax: +44 (0)20 7679 0595

Copyright © London Centre for Nanotechnology

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press


Overtaking science fiction with physics: 33-year-old physicist at the University of Kaiserslautern receives 1.5 million euros of EU funding November 29th, 2015

Reviews of Modern Physics highlights recent research on Spin Hall effects November 16th, 2015

Exciting breakthrough in 2-D lasers: Berkeley Lab researchers demonstrate atomically thin excitonic laser October 21st, 2015

Purdue launching new quantum center during workshop October 8th, 2015

Memory Technology

Nanomagnets: Creating order out of chaos: Dresden physicists engrave nanoscale magnets directly into layer of material November 23rd, 2015

NUS scientists developed super sensitive magnetic sensor: New type of hybrid sensor technology shown to be more than 200 times more sensitive than commercially available sensors November 1st, 2015

Successful industrialization of high-density 3D integrated silicon capacitors for ultra-miniaturized electronic components: Three high-tech SMEs finalize the joint EU-funded PICS project on innovative ALD materials and manufacturing equipment October 22nd, 2015

Researchers from Kiel and Bochum develop new information storage device October 13th, 2015


CEA-Leti to Share Insights into Post-7-nanometer Technologies At Workshop Prior to IEDM in Washington, D.C.: Research Includes CMOS Device Architectures, New Materials and Computing System Paradigms December 1st, 2015

Nano-walkers take speedy leap forward with first rolling DNA-based motor: Fastest DNA motor holds potential for disease diagnostics December 1st, 2015

UTA researcher to build internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing: Medical technologies December 1st, 2015

Graphene-Coated Wearable 'E-Textile' Can Alert Wearer To Presence Of Dangerous Gases December 1st, 2015

Alliances/Trade associations/Partnerships/Distributorships

CEA-Leti to Share Insights into Post-7-nanometer Technologies At Workshop Prior to IEDM in Washington, D.C.: Research Includes CMOS Device Architectures, New Materials and Computing System Paradigms December 1st, 2015

New EU project designed to link diagnosis and treatment of diseases over the long term: Joint research project aims at the improvement of companion diagnostics and therapy of tumor diseases November 23rd, 2015

EuroCPS, a Horizon 2020 Project, Announces Next Round Of Support for Innovative Companies and their CPS projects November 20th, 2015

Leti and Partners in Silicon Photonics Supply-Chain Project Announce Developments on Three Mature Platforms: PLAT4M Project Focused on Speeding Industrialization of the Technology November 18th, 2015

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

Car Brands
Buy website traffic