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Professor Christopher Marrows

Professor of Condensed Matter Physics
Areas of expertise
Spintronics, Nanoelectronics, & Nanomagnetism
Bragg 301.B
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Physics and Astronomy

Christopher Marrows is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, and was previously a Reader in the same subject, a lecturer, and before that an 1851 research fellow, funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

His research programme concerns materials and devices for future information technology, in particular devices based on electron spin - so-called spintronics. This involves a wide ranging investigation of nanoscale and thin film magnetic artificial structures, prepared largely by sputter deposition. Such materials are useful in the quest for ever more complex spin electronic devices - systems where the spin, as well as charge, of the electron is used in the storage and processing of information. Current areas of interest are chiral magnetism and magnetic skyrmions, spin torques in magnetic nanostrutures, artificial frustrated systems, and magnetostructural phase transitions. His group participates in the H2020 Initial Training Network QuESTech and the EURAMET programme EMPIR-TOPS.

He has published over 240 articles in peer-reviewed journals since the completion of his thesis in 1997, and is regularly an invited speaker at conferences around the world. He has published with over 200 other scientists from 70 institutions in 16 countries. His group collaborates widely with universities, research institutions, national laboratories, and companies such as Intel, IBM, Hitachi, and Seagate. As well as performing experiments in the laboratories at Leeds, his research group makes use of synchrotron and neutron facilities in the UK and around the world. Recent pieces of work have been selected as a scientific highlights by ISIS, the Diamond Light Source, and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island in New York State.

He is principal supervisor for three PhD students at present, Alex Huxtable, Arun Kuruvila, and Jamie Massey. His favourite element, for both professional and personal reasons, is Co.