Objective 2: New Frontiers in spin polarised & superconducting materials

Within Objective 2 materials that have technological applications in superconductivity and magnetism will be explored. Here a common theme is enhanced performance of a device through management of the spin of its constituent electrons. There are amazing new applications and significant performance enhancements to the digital logic of electronics, if only the up and down spin states of electrons are used rather than positive and negative carriers. We have shown that rare-earth nitrides have a very high potential as a spintronic component of integrated magnetic-device technology and have established a world leading position in these materials. The next phase of MacDiarmid Institute research will be taking our knowledge to the fabrication of spin-amplifiers and spin-LEDs that will establish IP that can be the foundation of new products for New Zealand industrial partners or internationals.

Our similar world leading position in the knowledge of high-temperature-superconductors (HTS) will be leveraged to keep ahead in the development of new and improved materials. An understanding of the role of internal and external pressure on the fundamental superconductivity mechanism is tantalisingly close and once we have achieved this it will allow rational and logical design of materials for the fledgling New Zealand superconductivity industry.

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