Projects at a Glance
The project explores a new concept of nanomagnetic logic devices based on optothermal activation of hybrid plasmonic-magnetic metamaterials to implement ultralow power, ultrafast, and optically controlled reconfigurable Boolean and neuromorphic/stochastic computation schemes.
SURFNANOCUT - Knowledge based cutting for surface engineering of aeronautic and automotive materials: understanding the fundamentals of cutting process through micro-nano structure analysis
The study of the microstructure of machined metal surfaces plays a key role in understanding the thermomechanical conditions at the tool/workpiece interface and allows us to pinpoint the driving forces that trigger microstructure formation processes. In this project, we are investigating these microstructural processes in a number of key materials for the aerospace and automotive industries: AISI 1045 steel, Inconel 718 and Aluminum 7475. The idea of the project is to understand the patterns of surface layer microstructure formation during the cutting process and use this knowledge to target improvements in the surface properties of the finished part by changing the cutting parameters.
This project studied spin materials and processes for beyond-CMOS devices, with a special focus on spin-to-charge conversion (an effect that allows inserting and reading spin information in a circuit without the need of magnetic materials) and molecular spinterfaces (i.e., the way in which a molecular layer affects and it is affected by a ferromagnetic underlayer).
The project aims to develop ultrahigh-resolution microscopy techniques using s-SNOM and nano-FTIR spectroscopy to map material properties and nanoscale light fields in novel materials and photonic devices. The main objectives include advancing the instrumentation, applying it for chemical characterization of polymers, and exploring polaritons in 2D materials for novel infrared detectors and sensors.
El proyecto tiene como finalidad la compra de un evaporador de alto vacío provisto de dos tipos diversos de evaporación de materiales y un equipo de ataque físico por iones. Las características de este equipo nos permitirán ampliar los materiales disponibles en nuestra sala blanca, así como acometer procesos de fabricación con condiciones ideales en cuanto a limpieza de intercapas y con un nivel ideal de rotación de usuarios.
Waste heat—the rejected by-product of all energy conversion processes—remains a huge and unexplored reservoir of green energy. It is estimated that two-thirds of the 160 TWh required for global power consumption is lost to the environment each year. Converting even a fraction of this wasted energy into electricity at the cost of 10 cents per kWh would generate a new EUR 1.0 trillion industry—creating jobs, boosting the economy, and increasing energy efficiency.
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