Area 3: Materials for information technology (MTI)

Area description

This area studies materials and devices aimed at improving the performance of information technologies, optimizing their energy efficiency, developing more environmentally friendly components or opening the door to new applications. New paradigms are also explored, such as quantum technologies.


Deputy - coordinator

DESCRIPTION: Multidisciplinary research on magnetic materials with potential applications in spintronics and low consumption electronics. The work ranges from theoretical development to design and synthesis of materials and structures for devices, with special emphasis on advanced characterization of materials.

  • Extensive experience in synthesis and advanced study of multifunctional magnetic materials of various natures and in different dimensionalities for more efficient digitization.
  • Extensive research history on the understanding and optimization of the magneto-electric coupling in multiferroics.
  • Theoretical and experimental study of domain walls, magnons, magnetic solitons and skyrmionic phases, potential candidates to efficiently process information through magnetic excitations.
  • Synthesis of molecular magnetic memories: magnet molecules and complexes with spin transition.
  • Design and study of flexible molecular crystals, purely organic systems with magnetic order and magnet molecules with luminescent properties.
  • Significant advances in the study of Iridium oxides, having obtained a new material, Ir1-xSnxO2, highly promising for the detection of spin currents.
DESCRIPTION: Manufacture of electronic circuits and devices based on functional organic materials, such as polymers or molecular structures.
  • Development of new strategies for the manufacture of the superior metallic electrode in molecular electronic devices.
  • Determination of the electrical properties of individual molecules and / or “large-area” devices.
  • Development of functional materials with liquid crystal arrangements for self-organized semiconductors with high charge mobility and ferroelectric materials.
  • Development of functional polymers with controlled structure and response to light as an external stimulus.

DESCRIPTION: Using top-down nanolithography techniques, elements and devices of interest for electronics and spintronics are manufactured, such as magnetic or superconducting nanostructures that provide new functionalities to local probe microscopes, advanced methods of electrical contact to nanosystems and in micro / nano- Spintronic circuits and devices based on the manipulation of spin currents.

  • Growth of magnetic nanowires by FEBID on cantilevers for use in measurements of advanced techniques of various types of magnetic force microscopies.
  • Langmuir-Blodgett Films Electrical Contactee.
  • Edition of electronic circuits using FIB and FIBID techniques.

DESCRIPTION: This line promotes an interdisciplinary research program aimed at developing a quantum processor based on artificial magnetic molecules and other “wired” magnetic nanomaterials by coupling them to superconducting circuits.

  • Realization of qubits, qudits and logic gates on a molecular scale.
  • Consistent control of its magnetic states.
  • Development of devices capable of detecting nanoscopic sets of these spins.
  • Methods of integration of molecules in devices.
  • Theory of quantum circuits and hybrid devices.
  • INMA has maintained a leadership position, as shown by the coordination of two international projects in QUANTERA and FET-OPEN calls, as well as the role of its researchers in the creation and management of COST collaboration networks (MOLSPIN), the Network of Information and Quantum Technologies in Spain (RITCE) or the CSIC platform on the same topic.
Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón