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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 2019

Nanoscale CVD Graphene Hall Probes for high resolution Scanning Probe Microscopy

Collomb, D., Li, P., Bending, S. & Wolverson, D., 6 Mar 2019, Bulletin of the American Physical Society. American Physical Society

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

Nanoscale graphene Hall probes for Hall probe microscopy

Collomb, D., Li, P. & Bending, S., 10 Jan 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Graphene sensors for scanning Hall probe microscopy

Collomb, D., Li, P. & Bending, S., 9 May 2018, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


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