Magnetic Nanofiber Mats for Data Storage and Transfer

Nanomaterials (Basel). 2019 Jan 12;9(1):92. doi: 10.3390/nano9010092.


Electrospun nanofiber mats may serve as new hardware for neuromorphic computing. To enable data storage and transfer in them, they should be magnetic, possibly electrically conductive and able to respond to further external impulses. Here we report on creating magnetic nanofiber mats, consisting of magnetically doped polymer nanofibers for data transfer and polymer beads containing larger amounts of magnetic nanoparticles for storage purposes. Using magnetite and iron nickel oxide nanoparticles, a broad range of doping ratios could be electrospun with a needleless technique, resulting in magnetic nanofiber mats with varying morphologies and different amounts of magnetically doped beads.

Keywords: Magpar; electrospinning; magnetic nanoparticles; magnetic signal transfer; magnetic switch; micromagnetic simulation; nanofiber mat; neuromorphic computing.