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 Professor in Nanoelectronics and EPSRC Fellow affiliated with the Electronic Materials & Devices Research Group and the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre of Zepler Institute 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.