From new concepts to devices : we are exploring new concepts in spintronics based on spin dependent transport with various systems; structure inversion asymmetry (spin orbit torques, Rashba effect, Spin Hall Effect, Topological Insulators), and alternative geometries in order to develop innovative architectures of devices.

Research directions

Spin Orbit Torques

We aim at understanding and mastering spin orbit torques for efficient and deterministic magnetization switching with in plane currents.

Spin to charge inter-conversion

We study different mechanisms to inter-convert spin and charge currents using spin orbit interaction: Spin Hall effect, Rashba effect at interfaces and surfaces of Topological insulators.

3-Terminal MRAM

We develop electrically addressable non-volatile memories combining high speed and infinite endurance.

Novel devices and concepts

We study spin dependent transport and pure spin current physics in lateral spin valves as well as novel ways to tailor the magnetic states of nanomagnets, like magnetic origamis.

The team

Former members


  • Thomas BRÄCHER (2015-2017)
  • Yu FU (2015-2016)
  • Murat CUBUKCU (2012-2015)
  • Juan Carlos ROJAS SANCHEZ (2010-2013)
  • Before 2012:Mario Aurino, Karol Marty, Yasmina Hadj Larbi
  • Soong-Gun JE (2016-2018)
  • Haozhe YANG (2016-2019)
  • Yu FU (2018-2019)


  • Alexandre MOUILLON (2014-2018)
  • Gilles ZHAND (2014-2017)
  • Tuong Van PHAM (2014-2017)
  • Defended before 2016: Alexandru Trifou, Emilie Jue, Alexandre Lopez, Marc Drouard
  • Mohamed Ali NSIBI (2014-2018)
  • Toshiki GUSHI (exchange program Univ. of Tsukuba 2017-2018)
  • Jayshankar NATH (2015-2018)
  • Paul NOEL (2016-2019)
  • Roméo JUGE (2016-2019)
  • Sambit GOSH (with Univ. of Tsukuba, 2018-2021)
  • Pyunghwa JANG (visitor from Korea Univ., 2018-2020)
  • Maxen COSSET-CHENEAU (2019-2022)



  • EU TOCHA (2019-2023)
  • DARPA (2018-2021)
  • ANR SkyLogic JCJC, O. Boulle (2018-2021)
  • ERC Smart Design, M. Miron (2015-2020)
  • ANR OISO (2017-2021)
  • ANR TOPRISE (2016-2019)
  • ANR SOSPIN (2013-2017)
  • EU SPOT (2013-2016)


  • Néel Institut, Grenoble (France)
  • Unité Mixte Physique CNRS/Thalès, Palaiseau (France)
  • Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Orsay (France)
  • Antaios, Grenoble (France)
  • CEA/LETI Grenoble (France)
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
  • National Center for Scientific Research, Demokritos (Greece)
  • Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology, Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of Barcelona, (Spain)
  • In Silicio, (France)
  • Singulus (Germany)
  • Mainz (Germany)

Recent news

  • ELECSPIN – An ANR project (July 29th, 2016)ELECSPIN - An ANR project
    Objectives ELECSPIN project has just been accepted at the 2016 ANR call. This collaborative research project aims to investigate the advanced concept of radically new nanoelectronics devices based on the electric-field control of spin-based phenomena and establish proof of principle ...
  • Comparison of the use of NiFe and CoFe as electrodes for metallic lateral spin valves (May 17th, 2016)
    A CoFe based ferromagnetic alloy has been used in lateral spin valves to replace NiFe alloys, which are overwhelmingly exploited as ferromagnets electrodes in lateral spintronic devices. By using this second material, emitted signals are ...
  • Des skyrmions magnétiques observés à température ambiante (February 09th, 2016)Des skyrmions magnétiques observés à température ambiante
    Ces structures magnétiques nanométriques ont été observées à températures ambiante dans des matériaux compatibles avec l’industrie électronique. Ces résultats font sauter un verrou important quant à l’utilisation des skyrmions comme vecteur d’information ...
  • Magnetic Origami (January 08th, 2016)
    Magnetic Origami Magnetic devices made from the same thin film and subjected to the same electric excitation switch opposite to each other due to their different shape. Mihai MIRON The magic about the art of paper folding is ...


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