Prof Simon Bending

Professor of Physics & Director of Research at University of Bath

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2D Materials. Semiconductors and Photonics. Spin and Topology. Superconductors. Industry and Knowledge Transfer. Training and Skills Base.


High resolution, variable temperature scanning Hall probe microscopy. Atomic Force and Magnetic Force Microscopy. Various high field (=300mK) cryostats for transport measurements. Access to nanofabrication tools in the David Bullett Nanofabrication Facility (

Scientific focus and expertise:

Characterisation of the magnetic properties of superconducting and ferromagnetic materials at the nanoscale using bespoke Hall probe magnetic imaging and nanomagnetometry systems. Optical, transport, superconducting and ferromagnetic properties of 2D materials. Development of novel devices based on charge density wave phenomena or the interplay between superconductivity and ferromagnetism (superconducting spintronics).


2D materials (superconductors, ferromagnets, semiconductors, insulators) including transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and graphene. Cuprate superconductors and superconducting tapes. Iron-based superconductors. Ferromagnetic metals and alloys.

Quantum technologies:

Superconducting Josephson junctions & SQUIDs; Superconducting spintronic devices.