The PETMEM Consortium partners with Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra to engage the public about the possibilities of the PETMEM technology. Through a collaboration between poet Frances Leviston, composer Martin Suckling and the scientists working on the PETMEM technology, new works have been created to construct new pathways for the wider public to explore and understand this new technology.

The artists have responded by drawing on the memory of two great forbearers in poetry and music, Emily Dickinson and Schubert. Influenced by the voltage Dickinson achieves in her densely packed poems, Leviston’s new set of poems wonders how Dickinson might have responded to the PETMEM technology; the poems draw upon a range of references from female scientists involved in the project to the raw materials used in the technology and the eloquent metaphors scientists have used to explain this novel deviceIn a similar vein, Suckling explores the idea of music under pressure with a new chamber work in which fragments of Schubert’s great String Quintet are echoed, compressed, distorted and crystallized. 

BBC Radio 3 Memory Weekender - Broadcast

1pm on 15 October 2017

The artists will be launching their new work with celebrated scientist Stuart Parkin in a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast at the Wellcome Collection London as part of a Memory Weekender. Please tune in!


Listen here:

Why Music? The Key to Memory, BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert


Kings Place London - Live performance

7.30pm on 12 January 2018


Live performances of the new commissions can be experienced in full in January 2018 at Kings Place as part of their Time Unwrapped season.


Click here for more information.




IBM Zurich hosted the PETMEM consortium (left)  on the 8th and 9th of December 2016. The consortium has achieved all of the intermediate objectives and milestones foreseen in year 1. We discussed the planned month-12 review meeting in Brussels. This was followed by a tour of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center Switzerland.

On the 15th of December 2016, the project review took place in Brussels with representation from all the partners. The overall assessment was positive with specific recommendations for improved future exploitation of the technology. We are excited and filled with great expectations the next 6 months of the project. 

Kickoff Meeting in London

The PETMEM team (above) met at the Pullman Hotel in Central London on 27-28 January 2016. After extensive discussion, the partners agreed on the critical dimensions of the PETMEM device that is to be built and materials to be used.

10 March 2016

Month-6 Meeting in Oslo

The PETMEM consortium (above) was at the SINTEF MiNaLab in Oslo, Norway on the 1st and 2nd of June 2016. The extensive discussions that ensued about the completed and upcoming deliverables and milestones were very fruitful. This was followed by a tour of the SINTEF Minalab which allowed the consortium (picture below) to see the diverse technical capabilities available at this world-class facility. As we look forward to the next 6 months of the project, we are excited and filled with great expectations for progress towards demonstrating a new low-voltage memory element. (15 June 2016)


The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting of the PETMEM project will be hosted in London by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on the 15th of May 2017. The IAB include external contributors from industry and universities, who will be advising the "Consortium" in relation to the PETMEM technology and how it aligns with the expectations and needs of the industry. We are looking forward to some exciting and insightful discussions.

Prof. Markys Cain [Electrosciences Ltd, UK] attended the 2016 International Workshop on Acoustic Transducer Materials & Devices, 9-12 May 2016, held at Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA. The EU H2020 Project ‘PETMEM’ was provided with a 3 minute pitch and poster slot under the single crystals materials and devices session. Prof Cain outlined the PETMEM project’s key aims and objectives which culminated in a great deal of interest from the audience and subsequent poster session. The workshop provided a forum for reports on, and discussions of, the state-of-the-art in materials and devices to generate, detect, and suppress sound. Naturally, this then included the concepts behind the Piezoelectric transistor technology central to the PETMEM project. Prof Cain (right) also met and discussed the project with International steering committee member, Prof Susan Trolier-McKinstry of Penn State University, and later contributed to the IEEE standardisation committee on single crystal materials. The drive towards higher quality piezoelectric thin films and further integration into MEMS/NEMS electronic devices was noted as well as the continuing route taken to develop higher temperature single crystal piezoelectric materials.


Xiaoliang Zhong,   Ivan Rungger,   Peter Zapol,  Hisao Nakamura,   Yoshihiro Asai and   Olle Heinonen,  "The effect of a Ta oxygen scavenger layer on HfO2-based resistive switching behavior: thermodynamic stability, electronic structure, and low-bias transport", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016,18, 7502-7510

Xiaoliang Zhong,   Ivan Rungger,   Peter Zapol,  and   Olle Heinonen,  "Oxygen-modulated quantum conductance for ultrathin HfO2-based memristive switching device", Phys. Rev. B 94, 165160 (2016) 

M. Stamenova, R. Mohebbi, J. Seyed-Yazdi, I. Rungger, and S. Sanvito, "First-principles spin-transfer torque in CuMnAs | GaP | CuMnAs junctions", Phys. Rev. B 95, 060403 (2017) 

Andreas Sousanis, Philippe F. Smet, and Dirk Poelman, “Samarium monosulfide (SmS) : reviewing properties and applications”, Materials 2017, 10(8), 953

Jacob B. J. Chapman, Oliver T. Gindele, Carlo Vecchini, Paul Thompson, Mark Stewart, Markys G. Cain, Dorothy M. Duffy, and Anna V. Kimmel, “Low temperature ferroelectric behaviour in morphotropic Pb (Zr1−xTix)O3”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, vol. 5, pp. 1–9, Sep. 2017.

Hisao Nakamura, Ivan Rungger, Stefano Sanvito, Nobuki Inoue, Junji Tominaga  and  Yoshihiro Asai, “Resistive switching mechanism of GeTe–Sb2Te3 interfacial phase change memory and topological properties of embedded two-dimensional states”, Nanoscale 9, 9386 (2017).

Xiaoliang Zhong, Ivan Rungger, Peter Zapol and Olle Heinonen, “Ab initio modeling of transport and thermodynamic stability for hafnia memristive devices”, J Comput Electron (2017). December 2017, Volume 16, Issue 4pp 1066–1076.

Donata Passarello, Simone G. Altendorf, Jaewoo Jeong, Charles Rettner, Noel Arellano, Teya Topuria, Mahesh G. Samant, and Stuart S. P. Parkin “Evidence for Ionic Liquid Gate-Induced Metallization of Vanadium Dioxide Bars over Micron Length Scales”, Nano Letters 17 (5), 2796-2801.



PETMEM Newsletter June 2016
We are working to develop new materials and characterization tools to enable the fabrication of an entirely new low-voltage, memory element. The PETMEM consortium was at the SINTEF MiNaLab in Oslo, Norway on the 1st and 2nd of June 2016.
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PETMEM Newsletter November 2016
aixACCT Systems has installed a setup for reliability testing that allows up to 64 samples to be tested in parallel. The system consists of a micro-controller, a switch-matrix and software for data acquisition. Reliability test on PE samples from SINTEF is planned for Q1 of 2017.
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PETMEM Newsletter May 2017
BNC and Electrosciences are collaborating with Poet-in-the-city and Aurora Orchestra to deliver a PETMEM Public Engagement event in London on the 15th of October 2017 and later in January 2018. The key objectives involves the use the arts to create an engaging conversation about the complex science involved in the PETMEM technology and to engage the general public with key ethical questions relating to increasingly efficient energy consumption and the many likely futures for memory storage.
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PETMEM Newsletter November 2017
Our business analysis suggests that the best chance for early adoption of PETMEM will be through RF switching applications while the memory application (especially with VLSI) will be a longer-term target. By recognizing Europe’s strength in the RF sector, we are convinced that the production of a RF switch demonstrator will generate a lot of interest for industrial collaboration (especially within the EU). We will work with Prof Peter Aaen of Surrey University-5G centre to perform initial microwave testing of the PETMEM RF switch demonstrators.
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