Blog entry

Welcome to the SPINOGRAPH OUTREACH BLOG

By Joaquín Fernández-Rossier (INL), coordinator of SPINOGRAPH

Welcome to the SPINOGRAPH OUTEACH blog.  This blog expects to explain to the non experts what SPINOGRAPH is all about, including the science (spintronics in graphene) as well as topics related to the workings of a Marie Curie Initial Training Network such as this one.

 

As you can see in our web,  SPINOGRAPH is formed by 12 partners whose main goal is to provide training to a total of 15 researchers on the topic of Spintronics in Graphene.  As these lines are being writen, SPINOGRAPH is hiring these persons within 2 types of position:  Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and Experienced Researcher (ER), which broadly speaking  is the way PhD students and Postdocs are named within the usual jargon of the Marie Curie programme. 

 

The SPINOGRAPH partners are located in several european countries (Spain, Germany, Portugal, France, UK, The Netherlands) and combine research laboratories, universities and private companies.  The main tool to provide training to the 15 SPINOGRAPH researchers will be, not surprisingly, carrying out cutting edge  research projects  within the exciting field of spintronics in graphene and other two dimensional crystals. 

 

 In future entries of this blog we hope to be able to explain in simple terms  the  meaning of all this.  Today we would simply send the message that we are very excited about this project.  Graphene came through as a total surprise, almost 10 years ago, becoming a revolution in material science and condensed matter physics.  Spintronics in metals is already a mature technology with widespread commercial applications, and the exploration of new materials for new spintronic effects and applications is one of the most active research areas. The merger of these two research areas,  spintronics and graphene, holds the promise of exciting new physical phenomena and a large potential for applications.