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Guest Editors

Roberto Mantovan, CNR-IMM Unit of Agrate Brianza, Italy
Emanuele Longo, CNR-IMM Unit of Agrate Brianza, Italy
Chiara Ciccarelli, University of Cambridge, UK
Jianhua Zhao, Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Spin-charge interconversion phenomena (SCIP) consist in the conversion of pure charge currents into pure spin currents and vice versa. Falling within the domain of spin Hall effects, SCIP are gaining enormous interest in spintronics, since they could provide routes towards extremely low-power strategies to manipulate or read magnetic states. The deep understanding of SCIP and the design of materials and heterostructures and where to use them in the most efficient way is at the core of the development of future energy-efficient and super-performing devices exploiting spin currents.

In recent years, the material catalogue to build-up spin-charge interconverters has considerably expanded. Being traditionally observed in heavy metals and at their interface with ferromagnets, SCIP are now regularly reported in systems based on topological insulators, transition metal dichalcogenides, Heusler alloys, oxides, superconductors, etc. Thus, a focus collection on SCIP is particularly timely. The aim of this collection is to serve as a useful reference for the research community currently engaged in the development of new materials for SCIP, new device architectures based on SCIP, the optimization of their conversion efficiency, and the deep understanding of the mechanisms governing spin-charge interconversion. Both experimental and theoretical research papers falling into these topics are of interest within this focus collection

Submission process

We invite authors to submit original research articles, perspectives, and reviews to this focus collection, which will also feature invited articles. Please submit using our online submission form. When submitting please select your article type, and then choose Focus on Spin-Charge Interconversion Phenomena. All submitted articles are subject to the same review process and high standard as regular Nanotechnology articles.

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2022Nanotechnology publishes focus collections incrementally. This means that articles submitted early will be published as soon as they are accepted and prepared for publication, without being delayed waiting for other papers in the collection. If you are not able to meet the deadline, please let us know.