About Us

The Singapore Spintronics Consortium (SG-SPIN) was established in December 2014 jointly by National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and National Research Foundation (NRF). The mission of the consortium is to develop synergies and foster collaborations among university and industrial R&D groups in broad areas of spintronics and magnetics. Our primary goals are to

  1. Establish a platform for promoting collaborations among
    • Universities and Research Institutes/Centres
    • Emerging memory manufacturers
    • Magnetic storage systems and components manufacturers
    • Magnetic sensors manufacturers
    • Users and system developers of spintronics technology
    • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers
  2. Work with government agencies to define long-term research directions and gain financial support for sustainable research activities in spintronics and next generation electronics technology

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The founding members of SG-SPIN are NUS, NTU, Applied Materials, Inc., Delta Electronics and GLOBALFOUNDRIES. The NUS Industry Liaison Office, which is part of NUS Enterprise, took the lead in driving and facilitating this collaboration, supported by NRF Singapore and NTU’s NTUitive. The Consortium is overseen by a Technical Management Committee with representatives from NUS, NTU and NRF and is led by Professor Wu Yihong from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NUS.

Spintronics is an emerging technology that utilizes the intrinsic spin of electron and associated magnetic moment, in addition to its electronic charge that is exclusively used in existing electronic devices. This area of research can potentially lead to more energy-efficient, larger capacity and faster devices compared to current technologies. Spintronics technology is already used in hard-disk drives and magnetic field sensors. Potential new applications include non-volatile memory, logic, and a wide range of sensing devices.

Singapore has been building up its spintronics capabilities since the late 1990s. The environment here is ideal for spintronics research, due to existing strengths in data storage and the concentration of companies in the electronics sector. The NRF along has recently funded five Competitive Research Programmes (CRPs) in this area, four at NUS and one at NTU, and with a total funding of approximately S$39 million. These research projects cover a wide range of topics, including electric-field controlled magnetic memory, spin wave and pure spin current devices, spin-orbit and spin transfer torque devices, spin transistors and domain wall memory. Building up on these capabilities, SG-SPIN will help to drive the next phase of spintronics development and related fields in Singapore through establishing a virtuous cycle amongst Research, Innovation and Enterprise in spintronics.

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