Magnetic Insulators: An Enabling Platform for Innovative Spintronic Concepts

    MAGNEPIC is an ERC Starting Grant (949052) granted by the European Union to Dr. Can Onur Avci and developed
    at the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona – ICMAB – CSIC (2021-2026)

Magnetic insulators could shape the future of spintronics devices

Spintronics, or spin electronics, is a rapidly emerging research area that can significantly enhance speed and memory while decreasing power consumption in the next generation of nanoelectronic devices. It is focused on the intrinsic spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment in addition to its electric charge. The majority of spintronics concepts rely on magnetic conductors, which are magnetically ordered and are electrically conducting. The latter makes it simpler to induce and measure spintronics effects. The EU-funded MAGNEPIC project plans to demonstrate the potential of magnetic insulators for spintronics devices by developing novel electrical means to control magnetization.