Towards nanodevices made of exotic actinide-based materials
Some solid-state compounds can be exfoliated, creating nanometer-thin flakes. This possibility gives access to a novel class of materials which can then be tuned or combined in order to design new materials layer-by-layer . In recent years, evidence of unconventional superconductivity has been found in several 2D materials, such as monolayer WTe2  and in heterostructures such as twisted bilayer graphene  and twisted cuprate superconductors [4,5].
Actinide-based systems exhibit a wide range of properties – from unconventional superconductivity to peculiar magnetic orders. Notably, single crystals of many actinide-based superconductors tend to be strongly influenced by microscopic defects, the effect of which on superconducting state is not yet fully understood [6, 7]. By looking at micro-scale flakes of unconventional actinide-based materials , we can significantly improve the sample purity and access different dimensionality, consequently, studying its effects on the superconductivity.
The project combines novel material characterization, the study of quantum devices in cryogenic conditions, and a comparison of the interplay between dimensionality and physical properties. Through this project, the student can gain expertise in a broad range of topics in condensed matter physics, solid-state chemistry and quantum technology.