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Program Highlights for year 2012

A Better Type of Computer Memory Demonstrated

Newly discovered “giant” spin Hall effect enables simple and efficient magnetic memory

Visualizing the intricate electron pairing in iron-based superconductors

Correlated motion provides new clues to the magnetic origin of high-temperature superconductivity

Superconducting wires conduct electricity perfectly — without any energy losses — because

FRG-2 – Using Weakly Spin-Coupled Polaron Pair States for a Calibration Free Absolute Magnetometry

Objective: A precise absolute magnetometer based on organic spintronics that is scalable to micron dimensions, has low cost and that is not adversely affected by environmental influences (temperature, air etc.).

Liquid Metal-Based Plasmonics

Objective: To develop and characterize new plasmonic metamaterials in the terahertz (THz) spectral range.

Approach: Explore unconventional materials that are typically not suitable for plasmonics applications at optical frequencies but exhibit reasonable conductivities at THz frequencies.

Seed Project: The Dynamics of Organic Magneto-resistance (OMAR)

Objective: To study the dynamics of magneto-resistance in organic diodes

Approach: Measure electronic transport and magneto-transport of organic diodes as a function of frequency with an applied magnetic field using admittance spectroscopy



MRSEC outreach activities coordinate with Utah Core Curriculum Standards. These sixth-graders are studying the properties of light in their classroom.

The Adelante program seeks to increase the expectation of university attendance and success among Hispanic students at Jackson Elementary.


Graphene Sensing of Biomolecules and Chemical Environment


  Fluidic chamber placed on top of

  graphene sensor to exchange fluid

  and hence protein or chemical

  concentration during a measurement.

International Collaboration in Soft Matter Research and Training

The Triangle MRSEC enjoys a vibrant ongoing partnership with German researchers supported through an International Graduate Research and Training Grant (IGRTG) from the DFG. A significant component of this partnership is extended graduate student exchanges.