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Departments of Electronics and Physics to lead Spintronics research consortium

Posted on 10 May 2021

The University of York is to lead a new international network for spintronics with a five-year project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Spintronics is a relatively new technique which could be a key tool in enabling computer devices to handle increasing amounts of data while using less energy.


The consortium will bring together world-leading institutions in the UK, Germany, France and Japan with the key aim of translating science into new, energy efficient technology. The project will focus on the development of new spintronic-related ideas for low-energy computing devices.

Professors Keith McKenna and Professor Atsufumi Hirohata in the Departments of Physics and Electronic Engineering respectively are coordinating the network at York.

Professor McKenna said: “This new network will provide funding for UK researchers to visit our international partners for collaboration and knowledge exchange.

“We're aiming for over 300 days of visits and we'll be organising biannual research symposia. A key objective of the network is to encourage and support UK researchers to develop new collaborations with our international partners, and there will be an annual call for priming funding for this purpose.”


Professor Hirohata said York’s experience in spintronics made it an ideal choice to lead the group. “With expertise spanning modelling, materials development and devices we’re well positioned to achieve our aim to translate novel spintronic concepts into low-energy consumption logic devices,” he said.

This network builds on a previous successful exchange programme between York, Tohoku University and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern which was funded jointly by The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and EPSRC under the Core-to-Core initiative.

The international network for spintronics will launch with a free online symposium to be held between June 7-9.

“We warmly invite all to join us,” said Professor Mckenna. “And we’re looking forward to fruitful discussions on spintronics devices as well as future collaboration between the UK, the EU and Japan.”

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