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Driscoll Research Group


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New oxide interface electronics

In the last few years, there have been very exciting reports about the new functional properties which can be achieve at the interface between oxide films, e.g. there is the possibility to achieve new kinds of fast, energy efficient semiconductor processors and even possibly room temperature superconductors. This project involves exploring such phenomena. It will involve growth of ultrathin, single crystal thin films using a world leading, state-of-the-art advanced pulsed laser deposition system with in-situ diagnostic tools (XPS, UPS), followed by their measurement using a variety of means including electrical measurements, synchroton studies, and atomic force microscopy (scanning probe) techniques. For further information contact .

Oxide memristors for next generation non-volatile memory in computing

Non-volatile memory (NVM) is critical for all aspects of modern computing, as well in future generation digital technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and neuromorphic computing—technologies that will penetrate into many realms of society. Among NVM technologies, resistive random access memory (RRAM) based on metal oxide (MO) films as the resistive switching (RS) layers has the potential of high-speed, low operation voltage, low power consumption, and good endurance that enables the highest performance at the lowest cost possible. There are a number of challenges which need to be addressed with these materials, relating to their nanostructuring and composition. We have solved these problems in a model system and now wish to take this forward to more simple systems. This project will develop such systems. We will collaborate with a number of groups on testing and implementation of industry prototypes.For further information contact .

Latest news

Judith presents at Solid State Ionics 23 meeting in Boston

17 July 2022

Judith had fun time at the Solid State Ionics 23 meeting (2022) in Boston, meeting old and newer friends, past students and former colleagues. Excellent collaborative talks were had. It was also great to meet and hear Prof. Stanley Whittingham talk about his life in battery research which led to the Nobel Prize in...

Adam attends the IMLB in Sydney Australia

1 July 2022

Adam attends the International Meeting on Lithium Ion Batteries, hosted at the ICC in Sydney, Australia, where he presented his recent paper published in APL Materials. He would like to thank The Armourers and Brasiers' Company and Peterhouse for funding to attend the conference in person

Jose leaves the group

29 June 2022

We had a great visit from Jose Pedro Silva from the University of Minho in Portugal. He visited to discuss binary oxides for ferroelectric memory and related devices. We look forward to working with him in future

Group members awarded Armourers and Brasiers' Gauntlet Trust prizes

24 June 2022

We are pleased to announce Adam, Tom B, May Hsim and Muireann were awarded Armourers and Brasiers' Gauntlet Trust prizes to contribute to our research. We thank the Worshipful Company for their support with our research

Dr Jose Pedro Silva visits our group

20 June 2022

We are pleased to welcome Dr Jose Pedro Basto da Silva from the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, who is visiting us to discuss our collaborations on ferroelectric binary oxides.

DMG have midsummer party

19 June 2022

DMG MIDSUMMER EVENT. A good time was had by all (around 50 people in attendance), with lots of food and fun, and great play area for the kids. Thanks to Muireann and Moritz for the great planning!

We welcome Natalia Thoben, our new group Secretary

17 June 2022

We welcome Natalia, our new Senior Secretary, without whom our group would not function smoothly!

Javed leaves the group

7 June 2022

Dr. Javed Iqbal Saggu has completed his Post Doctorate under Prof. Judith Driscoll in the academic session 2021-22. He worked on filamentary Resistive Switching based energy efficient Memristors. Dr. Javed Saggu is working as Professor of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. The group bids him farewell...