Spintronics

The remarkable trend in electronics described by the Moore law is today experiencing increasing difficulties due to fundamental limitations in the current miniaturization approach. Alternative strategies need to be developed, e.g. exploiting a bottom-up molecular approach, mesoscopic devices, additional degrees of freedom or quantum physics. In this frame, spin is likely going to play a crucial role to carry classical or quantum information. Spintronics research in Lecce addresses different fields, from nanoscale devices based on magnetic molecules or nanoparticles to magnetic multilayers and more recent activities on RF systems for hybrid spintronics. Furthermore, we also investigate novel materials (such as multiferroics and functional oxides) and perform magnetic and ferroelectric characterizations. More in detail:

NanoElectronics/Spintronics

This research was the starting point for the group, thanks to the EU project SpiDME. To interconnect the individual building blocks at the nanoscale, we employ electron beam lithography (EBL), focused ion beam or a non- conventional method based on the selective wet-etching and oxidation of an AlGaAs/GaAs quantum well structure for the simultaneous fabrication of large arrays of nanodevices. Molecules or nanoparticles are typically positioned by specific immobilization procedures exploiting suitable functional end-groups. Charge and spin transport studies are carried out within superconducting magnets up to 10.5T and down to 10 mK.

Transport studies in large scale nanojunction arrays with Bisferrocene-nanoparticle hybrids [S. Karmakar et al., Nanoscale 2012, 4, 2311-2316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2NR11195K].
Transport studies in large scale nanojunction arrays with Bisferrocene-nanoparticle hybrids [S. Karmakar et al., Nanoscale 2012, 4, 2311-2316, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C2NR11195K].

Nanomagnetism

Nanomagnetism in magnetic materials and nanoparticles is investigated by vibrating sample magnetometry and a.c. susceptibility. Beyond hysteresis, both zero-field cooled and field cooled curves are typically acquired to evaluate the blocking temperature.

(left) Magnetic hysteresis curves and (right) zero-field cooled and field cooled curves for Fe3O4 nanoparticles.
(left) Magnetic hysteresis curves and (right) zero-field cooled and field cooled curves for Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

Magnetic Multilayers

Multilayer structures are the basis for giant or tunneling magnetoresistance devices. Our research focuses on the integration of further layers including nanoparticles, magnetic molecules, multiferroics or superconducting films. On the technological side, the target is to achieve a large magnetoresistance, which is useful for further applications such as in biosensors.

TMR junctions with nanocrystal superlattice films and their TMR and magnetic response [I. C. Lekshmi et al., ACS Nano 2011, 5, 1731-1738, Doi: 10.1021/nn102301y].
TMR junctions with nanocrystal superlattice films and their TMR and magnetic response [I. C. Lekshmi et al., ACS Nano 2011, 5, 1731-1738, Doi: 10.1021/nn102301y].

RF systems for hybrid spintronics

Recently, we started to investigate 3D microwave cavities and SAW devices for their integration in hybrid spintronic architectures where photons and phonons are coupled to the magnetic degree of freedom.

Multiferroics and Functional Oxides

Here we investigate high-k materials for gate stack technology in logic and memory devices and multiferroic materials for implementing novel operational concepts in spintronics exploting magnetoelectric coupling. Structural, morphological and dielectrical characterizations are typically carried out, while ferroelectric and multiferroic properties are investigated by means of PFM, KPFM, Dielectric and Ferroelectric (PUND) measurements.

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Dielectric investigation of high-k YCTO thin films [A. G. Monteduro et al., J.Mat.Chem.C 2016, 4, 1080-1087, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5TC03189C].
Dielectric investigation of high-k YCTO thin films [A. G. Monteduro et al., J.Mat.Chem.C 2016, 4, 1080-1087, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5TC03189C].

Facilities & Labs

Lab di Caratterizzazione @ Lecce

NanoFab Lab  @ Lecce

People

Giuseppe_MaruccioGiuseppe

Maruccio

Associate Professor

AnnaGrazia_MonteduroAnna Grazia

Monteduro

Associate PostDoc

SilviaRizzatoSilvia

Rizzato

Associate PhD Student

angeloLeoAngelo

Leo

Associate PhD Student

Publications

  1. A. G. Monteduro, Z. Ameer, M. Martino, A. P. Caricato, V. Tasco, I. C. Lekshmi, R. Rinaldi, A. Hazarika, D. Choudhury, D. D. Sarma and G. Maruccio, Dielectric investigation of high-k yttrium copper titanate thin films, Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2016, Vol., p., issn.  2050-7526, Doi: 10.1039/C5TC03189C.
  2. A. G. Monteduro, Z. Ameer, S. Rizzato, M. Martino, A. P. Caricato, V. Tasco, I. C. Lekshmi, A. Hazarika, D. Choudhury, D. D. Sarma and G. Maruccio, Investigation of high- k yttrium copper titanate thin films as alternative gate dielectrics, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2016, Vol.   49, p.  405303, issn.  0022-3727, Doi: 10.1088/0022-3727/49/40/405303
  3. A. Colombelli, M. G. Manera, R. Rella, S. Rizzato, E. Primiceri, A. G. Monteduro and G. Maruccio, Colloidal lithography fabrication of tunable plasmonic nanostructures, IET Conference Publications2015, Vol.   2015, p., issn., Doi: 10.1049/cp.2015.0148.Other Selected Publications
  4. of Advanced Materials 2013, Vol.   5, p.  2015-2020, issn.  1947-2935, Doi:  10.1166/sam.2013.1702.

Patents

Maruccio, E. Primiceri, P. Marzo, V. Arima, R. Krahne, T. Pellegrino, A. Della Torre, F. Calabi, R. Cingolani, R. Rinaldi, Electrical transduction method and device for the detection of biorecognition events in biomolecular interaction processes for genome/proteome analysis, Italian patent number TO2007A000341 (15-5-2007), International Publication number WO 2008/139421 (20-11-2008).

Project

  1. MADIA: Magnetic Diagnostic Assay for neurodegenerative diseases, UE-H2020-ICT, Work programme topic addressed: ICT-03-2016 “SSI – Smart System Integration” (2017-2020).
  2. MEMO: Imaging MEtallorganic MOlecules: Scanning tunneling spectroscopy and many-body theory, MIUR-PRIN Project (2014-2016)
  3. MolArNet: Molecular Architectures for QCA-inspired  Boolean Networks, FP7-ICT-CP, Grant No. 318516, (2012-2016) Partners: Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna, Université de Strasbourg, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Trinity College Dublin – School Of Physics, Stmicroelectronics Srl.
  4. Molecular nanomagnets on metallic and magnetic surfaces for applications in molecular spintronics MIUR-FIRB Project (2011-2014)
  5. Spintronic devices for mass-scale electronic: MAE-India, High-relevance project for scientific and technological co-operation between Italy and India (2008-2010).
  6. SpiDME: Spintronic Devices for Molecular Electronics, UE-FP6-NEST-STREP Grant Agreement No. 029002, (2006-2010)  Partners:  University of Hamburg – Institute for Applied Physics; University of Nijmegen – Institute for Molecules and Materials; Trinity College Dublin – School of Physics.

Latest News

Loretta del Mercato, si aggiudica l'ERC STARTING GRANT 2017

Loretta del Mercato, si aggiudica  l'ERC STARTING GRANT 2017

uno dei bandi più competitivi a livello europeo.

Lecce, 6 settembre 2017 

Lo European Research Council, che promuove la ricerca di eccellenza in Europa, nei giorni scorsi ha reso noti i nomi dei 406 vincitori della selezione ERC STARTING GRANT 2017, il bando tra i più competitivi a livello internazionale.

Su 3085 progetti presentati, 406 i progetti selezionati a cui sono stati destinati i 605 i milioni di euro di investimento. 48 le nazioni di provenienza dei ricercatori, soltanto 17 gli Italiani che condurranno le loro ricerche nel nostro paese, tra cui Loretta del Mercato, ricercatrice dell'Istituto di Nanotecnologia del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche di Lecce.

Un importante riconoscimento alla ricerca nel settore della medicina di precisione condotta presso il CNR NANOTEC, un indiscusso premio al talento della giovane ricercatrice che, a 38 anni e un contratto a tempo determinato, sarà a capo del progetto "Sensing cell-cell interaction heterogeneity in 3D tumor models: towards precision medicine – INTERCELLMED".

Il progetto, il cui obiettivo è affrontare uno dei problemi più spinosi della ricerca sul cancro, ovvero la difficoltà nel trasformare i risultati delle ricerche scientifiche in applicazioni cliniche per i pazienti e che vedrà coinvolto l'Istituto tumori "Giovanni Paolo II" di Bari, si propone di sviluppare nuovi modelli in vitro 3D di tumore del pancreas, alternativi ai modelli animali, ingegnerizzati con un set di sensori nanotecnologici che consentiranno di monitorare le interazioni delle cellule tumorali con il loro micorambiente, verificare l'appropriatezza delle terapie prima della somministrazione ai pazienti oncologici e quindi prevedere la risposta dei singoli pazienti ad una o più terapie antitumorali.

La realizzazione di queste piattaforme 3D multifunzionali consentirà di superare le evidenti differenze intercorrenti tra "modelli animali" ed esseri umani fornendo dati attendibili ed in tempi più rapidi rispetto ai dati ottenuti tramite lunghi e costosi procedimenti di sperimentazione sugli animali. Le tecnologie e i modelli sviluppati saranno estesi anche ad altre forme di tumori solidi nonché impiegati per studi nell'ambito della ingegneria tissutale e della medicina rigenerativa.

Rassegna stampa e Video

Zeiss Microscopy Technology and Complete Correlative Workflow

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Zeiss Microscopy Technology and Complete Correlative Workflow

Lecce, Italy, 2017 Wednesday July 19th 

CNR NANOTEC @ Lecce, Aula Seminari – pal. G, Piano Terra

Program - PDF

Zeiss, as microscopy technology leader, provides the unique complete imaging solution ranging from light, confocal, electron, ion and Xray modalities with a complete and straightforward correlative workflow. An overview of different technologies will be presented with a special focus on X-Rray microscopy.

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MCS 2017

International Workshop on Micropropulsion and CubeSats

Bari, Italy, 26 - 27 June 2017

Program - MSC2017

This narrow-field, invited-only meeting is the first attempt to bring together the Materials and Micropropulsion communities with a view to contribute to the development of the Global Materials and Micropropulsion Roadmap, and set such meetings to a regular basis.