Conventional monolithic materials have dominated electronic and optical devices for decades, mostly thanks to our ever-increasing ability to control the properties of bulk materials. However, as we approach the range of the single nanometre scale in our fabrication capabilities, it is necessary for the industry to be able to create, control and profit from novel materials and architectures.
In this context, the rich library of 2D layered materials present multiple opportunities to design novel spintronics and valleytronics devices.
Making use of the possibility to create 2D artificial van der Waals heterostructures, in this project we will overcome single materials by focusing on the interface as an active playground.
For instance, we will perform interface engineering by combining different magnetic and non-magnetic 2D layers in an unprecedent fashion, exploring new magnetic ground states which are not accessible neither in single materials nor in conventional multilayers.
We will also explore spin and valley physics in van der Waals heterostructures by combining 2D layered materials with complementary properties.
More information about our research in this topic can be found in this selection of our recent articles: Nano Letters 19, 1074 (2019), Nano Letters 19, 8758 (2019), APL Materials 8, 071103 (2020) and Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 047202 (2021).
In this project, the Master student will be responsible for the design and preparation of structures by exfoliation and stamping of 2D materials in controlled atmosphere and device fabrication by standard electron-beam lithography. (S)he will be also involved in the magneto-transport measurements (high magnetic fields and low temperatures), data analysis, and drafting of results.
We offer an international and competitive environment, state-of-the-art equipment (including a class 100 cleanroom for nanofabrication capabilities), and the possibility of performing research at the highest level.


Description of the research group:

The Nanodevices Group in CIC nanoGUNE is mostly interested in the electronic properties of systems in reduced dimensions. Our research program is currently articulated around different themes of research related to spintronics, multifunctional devices and advanced nanofabrication. For more information, see our website at



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