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Biographical Information

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader/Professor, University of Bath 11/89-present
  • Post-Doc, Max Planck Institut FKF, Stuttgart 10/86-11/89
  • Post-Doc, IBM Research Laboratories, Zürich 10/85-10/86
  • Ph.D. (Stanford University) 1985
  • BA Hons. (Cambridge University) 1979

Research Interests

My current research focusses on understanding the magnetic properties of superconducting and ferromagnetic materials at the nanoscale. This work utilises a range of state-of-the-art Hall probe magnetic imaging and nanomagnetometry systems which have been developed in Bath over the last decade, including a new 300mK scanning Hall microscope. The research is made possible through access to the Departmental suite of class 1000 clean rooms equipped with high resolution electron beam lithography, wet and dry etching and various deposition systems. Recent work in the area of vortex matter in superconductors has focussed on the crossing lattices regime in strongly anisotropic High Tc single crystals under tilted fields as well as spontaneous vortex-antivortex ‘molecules’ in superconducting films containing arrays of strong moment ferromagnetic dots. Work on ferromagnetic materials is centered on FIB irradiation of Co/Pt multilayers to realise artificial domain structures, and studying domain wall resistance and current-driven domain wall motion in them.  We are also investigating the magnetic properties of electrodeposited mesoscopic superconducting and ferromagnetic crystals as well as spin-charge textures in hybrid superconductor-dilute magnetic semiconductor structures. Recent work focusses on correlated electron phenomena in exfoliated layered 2D materials with a particular focus on superconductivity and charge density waves.


  • Q Science (General)
  • 2D Materials
  • Condensed Matter
  • Ferromagnetism
  • Spintronics
  • Superconductivity
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • Semiconductors
  • Graphene

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Projects 1989 2020

imaging techniques
magnetic properties
transition metals

Equipment for Condensed Matter (CDT)

Bending, S.


Project: Research council

Global Mobility Scheme - Graphene and Energy Materials

Da Como, E., Bending, S. & Mucha-Kruczynski, M.


Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Dry etching

Research Output 2000 2018

  • 120 Article
  • 12 Doctoral Thesis
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other contribution

Gate-tunable superconductivity in thin films and layered crystals

Shajari, H., Feb 2018, 151 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
field effect transistors
thin films
transition metals

Novel Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Semiconductors and Heterostructures

Hart, L., May 2018, 206 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

transition metals
Raman spectroscopy

Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices

Curran, P. J., Mohammed, H. A., Bending, S. J., Koshelev, A. E., Tsuchiya, Y. & Tamegai, T., 22 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 10914.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
single crystals
composite structures
copper oxides
1 Citations

Continuously tuneable critical current in superconductor-ferromagnet multilayers

Curran, P., Kim, J., Satchell, N., Witt, J., Burnell, G., Flokstra, M. G., Lee, S. & Bending, S., 27 Jun 2017, In : Applied Physics Letters. 110, 26, 5 p., 262601.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
critical current
superconducting devices
domain wall
6 Citations
Open Access
Photoelectron Spectroscopy


Dataset for "Tuning the structure of the Josephson vortex lattice in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals with pancake vortices"

Bending, S. (Creator), Curran, P. (Creator), Mohammed, H. (Creator), Koshelev, A. (Creator), University of Bath, 19 Jul 2018


Data underpinning: Remotely induced magnetism in a normal metal using a superconducting spin-valve

Flokstra, M. G. (Creator), Satchell, N. (Creator), Kim, J. (Creator), Burnell, G. (Creator), Curran, P. (Creator), Bending, S. (Creator), Cooper, J. F. K. (Creator), Kinane, C. J. (Creator), Langridge, S. (Creator), Isidori, A. (Creator), Pugach, N. (Creator), Eschrig, M. (Creator), Luetkens, H. (Creator), Suter, A. (Creator), Prokscha, T. (Creator), Lee, S. L. (Creator), University of St Andrews, 2015