NanoΣky team

Welcome to the NanoΣky team


Christoforos. Moutafis, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Spintronics, Nano Engineering & Storage Technologies group, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK, Tel: +441613066629

Our research lies at the intersection between nanomagnetism and topology. Our main scientific interests pertain to nanomagnetism and topology, magnetic skyrmions, spin-orbit coupling effects, skyrmion-based devices and X-ray imaging. We explore the rich physics of skyrmions and their technological applications (“Skyrmionics”),  Spin-Orbit Coupling effects (“Spin-orbitronics”) and in general in the field of Spintronics. Specifically, we focus on enabling next-generation unconventional computing by investigating nanocomputing and neuromorphic computing. 

Some of our contributions include the observation of skyrmion bubble states and topologically trivial states and predictions on the dynamics of skyrmionic configurations, the demonstration of the gigahertz eigenmode dynamics of skyrmion bubbles and their unexpectedly large inertia and the observation of nanoscale skyrmions at room temperature.

☆Team Members

  • Yu Li

Yu LiI am a full-time PhD student in NEST Group, Department of Computer Science, and my project is supervised by Dr. Christoforos Moutafis, and Prof. Jim Miles.

My recent research interests lie in the theoretical&computational studies of magnetic skyrmions, and vary between many topics, e.g. skyrmion/antiskyrmion switching in chiral magnets, 3D dynamics and the energy landscapes of switching processes, roughness effect on the stability of skyrmionic textures in multilayer structures, ferromagnetic resonance, skyrmion-based devices, etc. I’m also having board collaborations with many people working on experiments, including people in our NEST group @Manchester, ETH Zurich, and Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

email website (1) Google scholar researchgate twitter hover_pc

  • Yuzhe Zang

PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Manchester
Supervisor: Dr. Christoforos Moutafis
Co-supervisor: Prof. Tom Thomson

  • Cory Emmerson

Cory Emmerson is a full-time PhD student in the NEST Group, School of Computer Science. His supervisor is Dr. Christoforos Moutafis, and co-supervisor is Prof. Tom Thomson.

My primary research focus is the development and study of skyrmion-based storage devices. The bulk of this work pertains to advancing magnetic multilayer/thin-film patterning techniques and investigating material systems capable of nucleating and propagating skyrmions.

I am funded by the EPSRC through the Graphene NOWNANO CDT.

Email Address:

  • Runze Chen

I am a full-time PhD student in NEST Group of School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. My supervisor is Dr. Christoforos Moutafis and my Co-supervisor is Dr. Vasilis Pavlidis.

PhD Project: Skyrmions for novel computations and skyrmion-based electronics, especially on modelling skyrmion-based nano-devices with logic/computing and memory functionality using a micromagnetics framework as well as developing circuit models for these devices towards their integration with vanilla CMOS technologies.

Email Address:                                      
Funding Source:                                                                        China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Manchester
Personal Homepage: UoM webpageGoogle Scholar, Twitter.

  • Liam Panchaud

mugshotMy research pertains to novel spintronic nanodevices and the methods by which these can be integrated to realise low-energy computing and storage systems. Of particular interest are devices engineered with neuromorphic principles as a driving inspiration and how these might positively augment state-of-the-art efforts in biologically plausible computation.

Email address: