Memristors with diffusive dynamics as synaptic emulators for neuromorphic computing. Academic Article uri icon


  • The accumulation and extrusion of Ca2+ in the pre- and postsynaptic compartments play a critical role in initiating plastic changes in biological synapses. To emulate this fundamental process in electronic devices, we developed diffusive Ag-in-oxide memristors with a temporal response during and after stimulation similar to that of the synaptic Ca2+ dynamics. In situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and nanoparticle dynamics simulations both demonstrate that Ag atoms disperse under electrical bias and regroup spontaneously under zero bias because of interfacial energy minimization, closely resembling synaptic influx and extrusion of Ca2+, respectively. The diffusive memristor and its dynamics enable a direct emulation of both short- and long-term plasticity of biological synapses, representing an advance in hardware implementation of neuromorphicfunctionalities.

published proceedings

  • Nat Mater

altmetric score

  • 225.234

author list (cited authors)

  • Wang, Z., Joshi, S., Savel'ev, S. E., Jiang, H., Midya, R., Lin, P., ... Yang, J. J.

citation count

  • 1340

complete list of authors

  • Wang, Zhongrui||Joshi, Saumil||Savel'ev, Sergey E||Jiang, Hao||Midya, Rivu||Lin, Peng||Hu, Miao||Ge, Ning||Strachan, John Paul||Li, Zhiyong||Wu, Qing||Barnell, Mark||Li, Geng-Lin||Xin, Huolin L||Williams, R Stanley||Xia, Qiangfei||Yang, J Joshua

publication date

  • January 2017