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York scientist awarded Royal Society Industry Fellowship

Posted on 15 April 2013

The Royal Society has awarded a York researcher a fellowship to help strengthen links between academia and industry.

Dr Atsufumi Hirohata, from York’s Department of Electronics, has received one of eight new Royal Society Industry Fellowships, awarded to academics who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and to scientists in industry who want to work on projects with an academic organisation.

Dr Hirohata’s project is to work on the development of an on-chip racetrack memory using exchange-biased pinning with the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (HCL).

He said: “The ideal semiconductor memory for future silicon integrated circuits unifies the qualities of the different memory technologies available today. A racetrack memory is the next-generation solid-state memory proposed by IBM.

The project provides a great opportunity for my research group to work with a world-leading industry partner

Dr Atsufumi Hirohata

“This project will enable me to focus on demonstrating this new memory architecture with access to the characterisation and on-chip implementation facilities in the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. This will encourage the exchange between York and HCL and further strengthen the relationship.

“The project therefore provides a great opportunity for my research group to work with a world-leading industry partner."

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme provides each scientist’s basic salary for the duration of their secondment, which lasts for up to two years full-time or four years part-time.

Notes to editors:

  • The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme is funded by the Royal Society, EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC, Rolls Royce and BP.The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

  • The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society. These priorities are:
    1.       Promoting science and its benefits
    2.       Recognising excellence in science
    3.       Supporting outstanding science
    4.       Providing scientific advice for policy
    5.       Fostering international and global cooperation
    6.       Education and public engagement

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