The Dutch Research Council (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) has awarded an Open Competition Science-M grant to Dr. Jagoda Slawinska of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. She receives an M1 grant of EUR 330,000 for her project 'Twisting 2D materials for chiral spintronics'.
M grants are intended for innovative, high-quality fundamental research and / or studies with scientific urgency.
Among the alternatives that could make our devices faster and more power-saving is harnessing an extra degree of freedom related to the rotation of electrons, called spin, to carry and process information. To make spintronics successful, materials that efficiently convert electrical and spin signals are needed. Slawinska will design heterostructures with supreme conversion efficiency by exploring atomically-thin materials stacked on top of each other like a sandwich. The relative twisting of layers will give rise to an intriguing, albeit not well-understood, conversion phenomenon called chirality-induced spin selectivity which Slawinska will unveil and optimize.
M-grants are intended for realizing curiosity-driven, fundamental research of high quality and / or scientific urgency. The grant offers researchers the possibility to elaborate creative and risky ideas and to realise scientific innovations that can form the basis for the research themes of the future.
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