H2020 FET projects in nanotechnologies

Friday, 29 January, 2016
This is an overview of the EU-funded FET projects advancing nanotechnologies.

2D-INK is targeted at developing inks of novel 2D semiconducting materials for low-cost large-area fabrication processes on insulating substrates through a new methodology, which will exceed the properties of state-of-the-art graphene- and graphene oxide based inks. Achieving this would represent an important step forward in the processing of 2D semiconducting materials and will provide the key parameters for fabricating the next generation of ultrathin electronic appliances.

CIRCLE's main objective is to integrate islands of heterogeneous research activities in a common research framework, facilitating the creation of an EU-wide Molecular Communications (CIRCLE) network and provide a support infrastructure for coordination of research across Europe.

DIACAT aims at the development of a completely new technology based on man-made diamonds for the direct photo-catalytic conversion of CO2 into fine chemicals and fuels using illumination with visible light.  The approach lays the foundation for the removal and transformation of carbon dioxide and at the same time a chemical route to store and transport energy from renewable sources.

Graphene: the Graphene Flagship aims to take graphene and related layered materials (LM) from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionize multiple industries – from flexible, wearable and transparent electronics, to high performance computing and spintronics. This will bring a new dimension to future technology – a faster, thinner, stronger, flexible, and broadband revolution.

LiNaBioFluid seeks to employ advanced laser-processing strategies based on self-organization, to mimic the specific topography and the excellent wetting properties of the integument of bark bugs and moisture harvesting lizards resulting from adaptations to their environment.

MAGicSky will create the first proof-of-concept room temperature spintronic devices based on magnetic skyrmions.  Skyrmions are magnetic solitons that carry information, and are remarkably robust against defects that can trap or destroy them due to the topology of their magnetic texture. They can be used in nanoscale devices compatible with conventional integrated circuit technology.

NanoSmell seeks to develop controlled (reversible) odour emissions and to solve the combinatorial code of olfaction.  The project aims to propose an odour-emitting component in devices such as televisions, phones, computers and more. The approach is based on DNA-based "artificial odorants" being tagged with a nanoparticle changing their conformation in response to an external electromagnetic field.

ULTRAQCL proposes a new technology for generation of ultrafast and intense light pulses across the electromagnetic spectrum enabling the study of fundamental light-matter interactions, as well as industrial exploitation.  The aim is to break-through the current technological gap by using THz quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) as a foundational semiconductor device for generating intense and short THz pulses.

ZOTERAC proposes a disruptive approach based on ZnO-based nano-engineered semiconductors in order to realize THz emitters operating at room-temperature with milliWatt output power capability as well as THz quantum detectors with unprecedented large operating temperatures. The applications range from medical diagnostics to security screening, trace molecule sensing, astronomical detection, space-borne imaging, non-invasive quality control or wireless communications.