Reliably unreliable nanotechnologies

A brief description of the fellowship

This fellowship aims exploiting the strong emergence of ultra-thin functional oxides, nanoscale resistive switching elements and large-scale systems of the same. We will first investigate the effect of quantum phase transitions and the mechanisms leading into thermodynamically stable/unstable long-range order/disorder of distinct materials. These mechanisms will then be exploited in nanoscale solid-state devices for establishing the state-of-the-art in non-volatile multi-state memory but also volatile elements that could potentially be employed as dynamic computational elements. The rich-dynamics of the later will be compared against reaction-diffusion mechanisms of naturally occurring nano-systems to facilitate novel design paradigms and emerging ICT applications for substantiating unconventional computation formalisms. A successful outcome will demonstrate a mature memristive device manufacturing technology that will be supported by the necessary design tools, for taking CMOS technology far beyond its current state-of-art.

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Themis is a Reader in Nanoelectronics and EPSRC Fellow affiliated with the Nano Research Group and the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre of ECS at University of Southampton.


Our goal is to study the manufacturability and performance characteristics of ultra-thin functional oxide films by reproducible nanotechnologies, predictive simulations and materials metrology.


Nanoscale memristors have potential in achieving “more” (functionality & storage) for “less” (power & size), facilitating emerging memory and unconventional computing.


Nanotechnology has brought a new era for memristors, from high-performance computers low in energy and scale, to replicating the brain.