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MaDelENA (Developing and Studying novel intelligent nanoMaterials and Devices towards Adaptive Electronics and Neuroscience Applications) proposes  the study of memristive systems, both inorganic and organic, with the aim of developing neuro-bio-inspired electronic systems based on elements mimicking the function of components of the nervous system.

Memristor is the fourth fundamental two-terminal circuit element, together with resistor, capacitor and inductor. It was predicted by Leon Chua in 1971 and took more than 30 years to be realized by HP in 2008. In this project, advanced processing architectures will be developed, exploiting the main characteristics of the memristor, which combines resistive and memory properties. The proposed application of memristors regards innovative solutions in electronics that could comply and possibly overcome Moore’s law predictions. On the other hand, concerning neuroscience and bio-electronics, memristive devices could mimic natural brain elements, combining information storage and processing.

Concerning the development of inorganic (metal oxides) memristors, materials with suitable memristive properties will be investigated, in order to understand the chemical, physical and structural features related to the two-state conductivity and the switching mechanism.

Sunday, 1 September, 2013
36 monhs

Istituto dei Materiali per l'Elettronica ed il Magnetismo del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - IMEM-CNR
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Università di Trento
Istituto di Biofisica IBF-CNR
Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie IFN-CNR

2.4 million euro
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The role of ARES unit will be to investigate by ab-initio or semi-empirical simulations the mechanisms of memristor operating principles, in particular the physics governing the electroforming process and the switching between the high and low-resistive states of the device.

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