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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.


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

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Projects 1989 2022

Research Output 2000 2016

  • 112 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other contribution
25 Citations (Scopus)
100 Downloads (Pure)

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

Flokstra, M. G., Satchell, N., Kim, J., Burnell, G., Curran, P. J., Bending, S. J., Cooper, J. F. K., Kinane, C. J., Langridge, S., Isidori, A., Pugach, N., Eschrig, M., Luetkens, H., Suter, A., Prokscha, T. & Lee, S. L., 7 Jan 2016, In : Nature Physics. 12, 1, p. 57-61 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
muon spin rotation
ferromagnetic materials
3 Citations (Scopus)
83 Downloads (Pure)

Electrodeposited Co93.2P6.8 nanowire arrays with core-shell microstructure and perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Nasirpouri, F., Peighambari, S. M., Samardak, A. S., Ognev, A. V., Sukovatitsina, E. V., Modin, E. B., Chebotkevich, L. A., Komogortsev, S. V. & Bending, S. J., 7 May 2015, In : Journal of Applied Physics. 117, 17, E715.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Investigation of temperature dependent magnetic properties in irradiated Co/Pt multilayer devices using Extraordinary Hall effect measurements

Wang, K., Qiu, Y., Huang, Y., Heard, P. & Bending, S., May 2015, 2015 IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG 2015. IEEE, p. 1 7157634

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Hall effect
magnetic properties
Kerr effects
magnetron sputtering
4 Citations (Scopus)
96 Downloads (Pure)

Irreversible magnetization switching at the onset of superconductivity in a superconductor ferromagnet hybrid

Curran, P. J., Kim, J., Satchell, N., Witt, J. D. S., Burnell, G., Flokstra, M. G., Lee, S. L., Cooper, J. F. K., Kinane, C. J., Langridge, S., Isidori, A., Pugach, N., Eschrig, M. & Bending, S. J., 28 Dec 2015, In : Applied Physics Letters. 107, 26, 262602.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
magnetic storage
switching circuits
3 Citations (Scopus)
105 Downloads (Pure)

Magnetic properties of ultrathin CO/Pt multilayer Hall devices irradiated using focused ion beam

Wang, K., Huang, Y., Qiu, Y. Z., Chen, R. F., Heard, P. & Bending, S., 1 Nov 2015, In : Physica B Condensed Matter. 476, p. 158-160

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Focused ion beams
Carbon Monoxide
Magnetic properties
ion beams


Designer 3D Magnetic Mesostructures

Author: Müller, A., 16 Apr 2012

Supervisor: Bending, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Gate-tunable superconductivity in thin films and layered crystals

Author: Shajari, H., 23 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Bending, S. (Supervisor) & Takashina, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Graphene on crystalline insulators: subsurface potentials and screening effects

Author: Jones, G., 1 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Ilie, A. (Supervisor), Bending, S. (Supervisor), Crampin, S. (Supervisor) & Raithby, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Hall Magnetometry of Electrodeposited Superconducting Pb Mesostructures

Author: Engbarth, M., 1 Apr 2010

Supervisor: Bending, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD