Spintec strategy can be summarized by actions targeting the following objectives:
- Carry leading edge fundamental research in all area of spintronics, from the already well-established ones (memories, sensors etc), to the emerging one (RF devices, pure spin-transport, skyrmions etc.). This involves working on the basic physics (proposing new concepts and understanding the underlying phenomena), on advanced materials (growth, characterization and integration into functional stacks), as well as on advanced characterization (spin-dependent transport, magnetization dynamics);
- Choose the most promising applications and propose new devices concepts. This can be either as an “out of the blue” idea, or as an improvement of existing solutions. To make such a device meaningful, it is mandatory to explore, and possibly demonstrate up to the system level (e.g. demonstrator), way beyond the materials and/or simple proof of concept structure usually pursued by a research laboratory;
- Build a strong IP portfolio and create value through technology transfer to partner companies and/or through spun-off start-ups. This implies that patents are filed prior to publications and maintained over time through proper international extensions. It also means that a proper balance has to be found on “when / how” it is interesting to come out from the lab and engage with external partners.
- Contribute to the higher education in spintronics and related fields of young scientists and engineers, to become tomorrow’s actors in science and innovation. This we do through training PhDs and post-docs on a daily basis, leading key international higher education events such as ESM (the European School on Magnetism) and InMRAM (dedicated to MRAM physics and technology), and contributing actively to teaching at Univ. Grenoble Alpes.