Prof Stuart Stephen Papworth Parkin

IBM Research - Almaden Research Center, USA
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Dr. Stuart Parkin is an IBM Fellow (IBM’s highest technical honor), Manager of the Magnetoelectronics group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, and a Consulting professor in the Dept. of Applied Physics at Stanford University.  He is also director of the IBM–Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center. Dr. Parkin's research interests include oxide thin film heterostructures, high-temperature superconductors, and, magnetic thin film structures and spintronic materials and devices for advanced sensor, memory, and logic applications. Parkin’s discoveries in magneto-resistive thin film structures enabled a 1000 fold increased in the storage capacity of magnetic disk drives.  Most recently, Parkin is working on a novel storage class memory device, “Racetrack Memory“. Parkin is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences and an Associate Fellow of TWAS, the World Academy of Sciences.  Parkin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including, the American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials (1994), the Europhysics Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Solid State Physics (1997), and the 1999-2000 American Institute of Physics (AIP) Prize for Industrial Application of Physics.  Parkin has received Honorary Doctorates from RWTH Aachen, Eindhoven University of Science and Technology, University of Regensburg, and University of Kaiserslautern.   Most recently Parkin received the 2008 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for his work on MRAM, the 2009 IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal for outstanding contributions to the science of magnetism, the APS 2012 David Adler Lectureship Award, the 2012 von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society, and the XXXIV Krishnan Memorial Lecture Award.  Parkin has authored ~400 papers and has ~94 issued patents.

Research Areas:

Spintronics materials and devices; artificially engineered materials, correlated electron phenomena; energy efficient memory and logic devices.

Research Interest:

Spintronic materials, phenomena and devices.  Novel sensing, memory and logic devices. Cognitive devices.  Atomically engineered materials including metal heterostructures, complex oxide heterostructures.  Responsive materials and phenomena including electric field induced metallization on timescales from femtosecond to second.