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Carbon resistive random access memory materials

Objective

Carbon offers an exciting route to the realisation of future generations of high-performance, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly, resistive-switching type non-volatile data storage. Scalability to the molecular level, sub-nanosecond switching time, ultra-low power operation, environmental stability, environmental friendliness, simple memory structures, advanced functionality and cost-effectiveness are all features readily provided by carbon-based data storage materials.
CareRAMM will develop advanced carbon-based resistive switching materials, specifically sp3-rich a-C and graphene-oxide (GO) films, for next generation non-volatile data storage applications.
Our aims are: (i) To fabricate and characterise a-C and GO films for resistive memory applications (ii) To determine the precise nature and origin of resistive switching in such a-C and GO films (iii) To determine the ultimate scalability - dimensionally, temporally and in terms of energy - of such resistive switching (iv) To determine the expected limits of endurance, lifetime and operating temperatures.
We will also pursue entirely new materials concepts that potentially offer enhanced performance, in particular 'all carbon' materials combinations and structures (e.g. graphene/a-C/graphene).
Measurable project objectives include: (i) sub-nanosecond switching times (ii) sub-10 nm feature size (iii) sub-10 µW write power (~ pJ write energy) (iv) predicted lifetime of at least 10 years at 100C for consumer applications (v) predicted lifetime of at least 10 years at 200C for automotive, aerospace and military applications (vi) demonstration of multi-level storage capability (vii) demonstration of memristive-like functionality (viii) demonstration of suitability of GO-materials for flexible memories.
To realise our objectives we bring together academic and industrial partners with internationally leading expertise covering all aspects of the proposed work.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Hill (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 805 820

Participants (4)

IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 737 507
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Trachsel (Ms.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 470 550
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 548 711
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renata Schaeffer (Ms.)
INSTITUTE OF SOLID STATE PHYSICS BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 79 272
Address
Tzarigradsko Chaussee 72
1784 Sofia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tania Tsvetkova (Dr.)