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Organic Spintronics: investigating planar polymeric spin-valves, to determine the variables which influence the spin transport in the devices and aiming to achieve the largest spin current possible

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  • Full or part time
    Dr N Morley
    Prof Allwood
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Organic spintronics is the study of the transportation of spin carriers through organic semiconductors. Recent research has found that the interface plays an important role in the spin transportation, and that planar spin-valves are likely to have more benefits than vertical spin-valves. This project investigates planar polymeric spin-valves, to determine the variables which influence the spin transport in the devices, along with aiming to achieve the largest spin current possible. The devices will be patterned using e-beam lithography, with the magnetic electrodes then evaporated on top. The polymer will then be spin-coated on top. Different magnetic electrodes (NiFe and FeCo) and different polymers (P3HT and PBTTT) will be investigated to determine how they influence the spin transport. The devices will be characterised using 4-probe resistance measurements, along with magnetic characterisation and surface analysis (AFM, XPS).

Funding Notes

Candidates should be self-funded, sponsored, or applying for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. The deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see: www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships

Candidates should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree with 2i or above in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80

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