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Spintronics of metals and graphene

Soon after the experimental isolation of monolayer graphene, researchers of the Advanced Materials program started a collaborative effort on graphene, which resulted in the first demonstrationof electronic spin transport in grapheme (2007). This breakthrough was quickly followed up by a series of experimental papers on the improvement of spin transport and the exploration of spin transport in different graphene systems, which attracted attention worldwide. The results on graphene spin transport were also instrumental in our participation in national and European graphene research programs. Currently, Van Wees is Work Package Leader in the EU Graphene Flagship program. The support of the Advanced Materials program also led to the rise of the new field of spin caloritronics, which combines spintronics with thermoelectrics for new material and devices functionalities. In recent years several breakthroughs and new phenomena were reported in the area of the synthesis of graphene on copper-oxide, spin Seebeck and spin Peltier effects, both for metallic as well as ferromagnetic insulator systems.

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