Nano Engineering & Storage Technology Research Group

Nano Engineering & Storage Technology Research Group


Who are we?

The Nano Engineering & Storage Technology (NEST) research group (formerly the Electronic & Information Storage Systems Research Group) has research interests in nano fabrication for data storage and advanced sensors applications and the investigation of data storage systems in general. The NEST group is housed in an integrated suite of staff offices, general-purpose laboratory space and class 100/1000 cleanrooms and is a founder member of the Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology (CMN) where the ground-breaking Nobel prize winning work on Graphene by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov was undertaken. The CMN is based in the groupís laboratories, and offers a wide range of facilities for the fabrication, visualisation and characterisation of structures and devices containing individual elements from a few microns down to 10 nm in size. As well as the nanoscale fabrication facilities available through CMN, the group has facilities for characterising magnetic media including a purpose built alternating gradient field magnetometer, a purpose built magneto optical kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer, and an ADE Technologies vector vibrating sample magnetometer.

Our Research

Our research encompasses many aspects including the development of extensive simulation and analysis tools, the fabrication of novel media for both storage and sensor applications, experimental analysis of storage and sensor systems and the analysis of systems (recovery of data) for data storage applications.

Broadly our research can divided into the following areas:

  • Magnetic recording, materials and systems
  • Fundamental magnetism
  • Micromagnetic modelling
  • Data recovery for storage systems
  • Applications of graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Sensors, actuators and instrumentation

Our work is supported through a variety of sources including EPSRC, EU and INSIC.

NEST Group Webpages created by Paul W Nutter.