Understanding the Atomic-scale Structure and Chemistry of Magnetic Tunnel Junctions for Future Spintronic Devices


This project will unlock the physical mechanisms underlying spintronic devices by revealing the atomic-scale structure and chemistry in these unique systems. It will optimise the fabrication and processing and promote these devices for practical applications in future information and communication technologies.


Associate Professor Rongkun Zheng

Research Location

School of Physics

Program Type



The emerging technology of spintronics is believed to be one of most promising candidates for the continued evolution of future electronics. This project aims to establish fabrication-structure-property relationships in such devices by innovative atomic-scale characterisation. The knowledge obtained will enable the in-depth understanding of the microscopic mechanisms responsible for observed spintronic behaviour, and so will guide the optimisation of the fabrication and processing of the spintronic devices. Consequently, this project will advance these devices towards real-world applications in non-volatile memory and logic-in-memory integrated circuits.

Additional Information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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physics, atomic-scale structures, spintronic, spintronic devices, spintronic fabrication, electronics, microscopic mechanisms, magnetic tunnel junctions

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1634

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