Philosophy & Scope

Materials for Spintronics
and Spin-resolved Transport

Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan (Principal Investigator)

  • The origin of ferromagnetism in dilute magnetic oxides
  • Defect-mediated models of ferromagnetism in TM-doped oxides
  • Development of new materials and thin film architectures for spinelectronics that offer the potential for integration with silicon based semiconductor technologies
  • Dilute magnetic dielectrics and spin-filter devices
  • Spin-resolved quantum conduction using break junctions.
  • Organic spinelectronics
  • Life Cycle Analysis of DMS materials

Active Projects:
Dilute Magnetic Dielectrics: New Spintronics Materials and Devices
Funding: NSF/ECS #0501490 (5/05-4/08)

Completed Projects:
Varied Synthetic Approaches to the Development of Room-Temperature Ferromagnetic and Semiconducting Oxide Nanostructures for Silicon-Based Spintronics
Funding: NSF/ECS #0224138 (09/15/02-09/14/05)

Spin Resolved Quantum Conductance in Nanowires
Funding: Campbell Endowment at UW

Dr. Alexander Pakhomov, Assistant Research Professor, UW
Mr. Brad Roberts, MSE Graduate Student (1/03-present)

Dr. M. Varela, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, advanced TEM
Dr. S. J. Pennycook, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, advanced TEM
Prof. S. Pantelides, Physics, Vandebilt University, Theory
Profs. S. McVittie and J. Chapman (Glasgow University), Advanced TEM
Prof. M. Olmstead, Physics/UW
Prof. D. Gamelin, Chemistry/UW
Dr. Scott Chambers, PNNL

Project Alumni:

Ms. Patricia Voll, 2005-7, B.S. in Physics/UW, Presently at Stanford University)

Ms. Kelli Griffin, 9/03- 2/07, Ph.D in Materials Science & Engineering/UW,
Dissertation: "Cobalt doped TiO2 anatase thin films: ferromagnetism, spin-electronics and the environment ".

John Kamincek , 2003-5, M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, UW,
Dissertations: "Zinc oxide based transparent thin film transistor: a materials and device study”, presently at Intel

Zach Lingley, 2003- 5, M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, UW
Dissertation: “Spin-resolved quantum conductance”. Presently at USC.

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