Ge(001) before and after gold evaporation and annealing
Kernel of the 4-probe microscope (left), crushed tip on Si surface (middle), two STM tips over gold structures on Ge(001) surface

Coordination and Support Action,
7th Framework Programme of the European Union Integrated Project IST (Information Society Technologies) contract number: FP7-ICT-216165-NanoICT for years: 2008-2010.

" Nano-scaleICT Devices and Systems Coordination Action" (NanoICT)

- as partner

The NanoICT Coordination Action activities will reinforce and support the whole European Research Community in “ICT nanoscale devices” covering the following research areas expected to demonstrate unconventional solutions beyond the expected limits of CMOS technology:

  1. Demonstration of new concepts for switches or memory cells
  2. Demonstration of new concepts, technologies and architectures for local and chip level interconnects with substantial improvements over current solutions
  3. Demonstration of radically new functionalities by the integration of blocks from a few nanometers down to the atomic scale into high added-value systems.

The CA action plans will go beyond the organisation of conferences, workshops, exchange of personnel, WEB site, etc. developing the following activities:

  1. Consolidation and visibility of the research community in ICT nanoscale devices
  2. Mapping and benchmarking of research at European level, and its comparison with other continents
  3. Identification of drivers and measures to assess research in ICT nanoscale devices, and to assess the potential of results to be taken up in industrial research
  4. Coordination of research agendas and development of research roadmaps
  5. Coordination of national or regional research programmes or activities, with the aim to involve funding authorities in building the ERA around this topic
  6. Development of strategies for international cooperation on themes related to NanoICT.

Expected impact will be the enhanced visibility, shaping and consolidation of the NanoICT research community in Europe.

January 2008 – December 2011

Our group worked in the Working Group WG6 on Mono-Molecular Electronics.
The scope is to create a forum for those in Europe interested in the creation of a new computing technology based on the use of a single molecule what is called mono-molecular electronics. Embedding a large logic function inside a single molecule requires the creation of news technologies first at the lab scale and then at the production scale.
The following topics will be covered:

  1. Atomic scale technology (picotechnology) for a planar interconnection of a single molecule to N interconnexion pads (surface material science, surface atomic wire fabrication, metallurgy of mesa metallic nano-island)
  2. Nano-communication (classical & quantum information exchange with and within a molecule)
  3. Chemistry (large scale molecules, specific functional groups, etc.)
  4. Roadmapping: opportunities, risks and barriers.

The WG will be based on activities like seminars during the FET-Cluster workshops, tutorials on a specific topic and the building of roadmaps/focused reports in picotechnology for the computer industry.
Working group activities will therefore support the consolidation of research communities, their visibility, the coordination of research agendas, the mapping and benchmarking of research at European level, and the identification of drivers to assess research in nano-scale ICT devices and systems.
Sub-topics:

  1. Architecture and complexity roadmap (including atomic scale circuit design)
  2. Large Molecule surface science (for passivated semi-conductor and bulk insulator surface)
  3. Chemistry and molecule design
  4. Multi-access Interconnection machines
  5. Packaging

Nano-ICT Partners:

  • Fundación Phantoms (PH, Spain) - the Coordinator
  • Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA, France)
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT, Finland)
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniv. per la Nanoelettronica (IUNET, Italy)
  • Institut Català de Nanotecnología (ICN, Spain)
  • Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU, Spain)
  • Centre Nationnale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France)
  • The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge (UCAM, UK)
  • Lund University (ULUND, Sweden)
  • Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (FZJ, Germany)
  • Jagiellonian University (UJ, Poland)
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