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Driscoll Research Group


Information for perspective PhD students

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

Driscoll group host Materials Challenges for Memory virtual conference

11 April 2021

We are pleased to be hosting an international meeting on “Materials Challenges for Memory” (11-13 April 2021) with the top names in the field from around the world. More details can be found here

Driscoll group members participate in the Cambridge Science Festival

2 April 2021

Several members of the group participated in the annual Cambidge science festival. Judith and Markus contributed to an event on Engineering Memories; Matt Tom and Adam worked on a talk about the science of ice cream, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge

Welcome New Group Members!

1 April 2021

We are pleased to welcome new group members Dr. Nives Strkalj and Dr. Max Becker! Nives is a visiting reasearcher and a postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Max joins us as a PDRA sponsered by Samsung

Congratulations John and Rob

31 March 2021

Congradualtions to Dr John Feighan and Dr Rob Jagt for passing their vivas! John will be staying with us to work on a Leverhulme project, Cu-1234, an exciting superconductor with huge untapped applications potential. Rob is also staying with us to work as a consultant on behalf of a local company

Guliana di Martino, Chiara Ciccarelli, and Judith Driscoll participate in the Cambridge Science festival (26 March- 4 April 2021)

5 March 2021

Guliana di Martino, Chiara Ciccarelli, and Judith Driscoll have made a video for the Cambridge Science festival (26 March- 4 April 2021). The video highlights our works on memory materials and is linked to several of our grants. Click here to find out more!

US-UK Resistive Switching Team Website Live

16 February 2021

Thanks for Megan Hill, our Herchel Smith Fellow in the group, we now have a nice new website relating to our ECCS NSF-EPSRC collaboration on memory materials

Driscoll Group contribute to EPISTORE

2 February 2021

EPISTORE is a new project under the EIC Pathfinder scheme with the aim of developing thin-film reversible solid oxide cells. The resulting pocket -sized device would be capable of delivering kilowatts of power, along with highly efficient storage of renewable energy. This new technology is therefore aimed towards applications where the size constraints/long-term storage requirements of batteries limit their practicality, such as off-shore renewable power generation and transportation.

We are pleased to announce a new contract with Samsung

2 February 2021

We are pleased to announce a joint project with Samsung on semiconducting oxides. The project links together the work of Judith Driscoll, Giuliana di Martino, and Andrew Flewitt (CAPE)