Postal address:
Department of Electronic Engineering, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey
Phone: +44 1784 276577

Organisation profile


[NEW] We are recruiting! Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Quantum Materials. This position is part of the newly funded UK EPSRC research grant, Topological Spintronics, led by Dr Wenqing Liu. Applicants are encouraged to send the CV to the project PI, Dr Wenqing Liu, on an informal discussion before the online application. Further details of the studetnship will be published soon.



Nano-Electronics is an interdisciplinary topic for the research of how nanotechnology can be used in the next-generation beyond-Moore's IC technologies. There is a vision to advance, and to explore new materials, architectures and mechanisms to manipulate electrons 'spin' transport, in which Joule heating and dissipation are minimised. 


  • What’s the Challenge

Since the mid 20thcentury, the semiconductor-based IT industry has followed the famous Moore’s law that the number of transistors per square inch doubles approximately every 18 months. However, this trend will eventually hit a physical limit where the computation units enter the regime of nano-scale where quantum mechanisms start to dominate. In the overwhelmingly ‘big data’revolution, demands for high processing speed and low energy dissipation computing technology have been rapidly increasing, yet the successes of the semiconductor electronics in the past on longer offer clear solutions. 



  • What We Cover 

Our research covers a diverse set of advanced electronic materials particularly in their nano-forms. For applied materials, the spin ordering has long been investigated within the context of conventional ferromagnetic metals and their alloys, while the study of spin generation, relaxation, and spin-orbital engineering in non-magnetic materials has taken off rather recently with the advent of spintronics and it is here that many novel material systems can find their greatest potential in both science and technology. In the pursuit for such goals, the intrinsic material properties are important indicators and the artificially synthetized hybrid systems are valuable models for studying spin-dependent phenomena and could potentially be used as actual components for an eventual logic device.




  • What We Use

The experimental side of the research today has marched to a historical point where the paramount urgency is to use materials of the highest perfection and homogeneity and detection tools with atomic sensitivity. At Nano-Electronics Group, we perform world-class research in nano-electronics by closely work with theorists and experimentalists in physics, chemistry, biology, material and computer science. We benefit from the geographical proximity to the National Physical Laboratory for physical properties measurement, and the Diamond Light Source and the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source on the Harwell Campus for scattering experiments. 



  •  How to Join Us

Information of the research degree programme of RHUL and how to apply can be found HERE. For an MSc by research, PhD, postdoc, research fellow positions and visiting opportunities in Nano-Electronics, please email the group contact with your CV and a brief statement of your research interest and, if any, a track-record in relevant areas. 


  • Whom We Work With

We collaborate with worldwide universities, research institutes, national laboratories and industrial partners. We acknowledge the support from EPSRCSTFC, RAEng, and Leverhulme trust



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