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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

Driscoll and Di Martino Groups join for German Weißwurstfrühstück

11 June 2021

Following the recent German social events theme, members of Judith's and Giuliana's groups joined for a 'Weißwurstfrühstück', a Bavarian-themed breakfast with white sausages and weissbeer. (We don't even have Bavarians in the group, but hey ...) Group members came by at different times, as their lab schedules allowed, so...

Invited Talk at the 239th Electrochemical Society Meeting: Low Power Electronics - From III-V Semiconductors to Oxides

3 June 2021

On 1 June, Dr. Markus Hellenbrand gave an invited talk at the 239th Electrochemical Society Meeting , linking our work on new non-volatile memory to his previous research about oxide defects in MOSFETs.

Driscoll Group Go Punting

2 June 2021

After weeks of torrential rain, the Driscoll Group take advantage of the rising temperatures and go punting along The Backs on the Cam

Judith hosts German Frühlingsfest

5 May 2021

It was great to have everyone get together in groups of <6 in Judith’s garden for a mini German beer festival

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