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ORQUID (2018-20, Part. A. Gourdon)

The ERAnet Cofund initative QuantERA project ORQUID will explore the exciting new possibility of using single organic molecules as the interface between these three quanta so that they can work together as required. First, single molecules will interact with light in waveguides and cavities to generate and detect single photons, providing immediate impact in quantum photonics. Second, single molecules will detect single moving charges in nano-electronic circuits to provide quantum coherent information exchange between these charges and the external world. Third, molecules embedded in nanomechanical devices and two-dimensional materials will measure nanoscale forces and displacements, which are key to developing mechanical quantum systems and understanding nano- machinery. By developing these three interfaces on a common platform, we will create a versatile hybrid system.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), LENS-CNR (I), LEI-Universiteit Leiden (NL), ICFO Barcelona (S), WWU Muenster (G), Imperial College London (UK), IFPAN Warsaw (PL)

Website : http://orquid.lens.unifi.it/


MEMO (2018-21, Part. C. Joachim)

The FET-Open MEMO project will construct and test true single molecule-machinery controlling the rotation and the work delivered by a molecule, one at a time. MEMO will bring together different science and technology disciplines to determine the motive power necessary to rotate the rotor of a single molecule-motor, to transmit its rotation to another molecule and to reach step by step the mesoscale for also constructing a mechanical calculator at the atomic scale. MEMO will top up to develop single molecule-machines working one by one starting from the development of molecular machines and motors working in solution, a research field awarded October 2016 with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. MEMO will create and certify the first miniaturization roadmap for mechanical machinery down to the atomic scale.

Partners : TU-Dresden (D), CNRS CEMES Toulouse & CN2 Saclay (Fr), Uni. Manchester (UK), Uni. Liege (B), UnI. Graz (A), CSIC San Sebastian (SP).

Website : https://www.memo-project.eu/flatCMS/


TNSI (2018-21, Part. V. Langlais)

The POCTEFA TNSI project creates a Technological Node focused on cooperation between SMEs and Research Centers in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, which are part of Key Enabling Technologies (KET). SMEs and Centers collaborate in the technical and economic potential study of KET. Products developed by SMEs are integrated into research projects to identify improvements. Improvement of SME staff and young researchers training to facilitate academic / business transition. Intense communication including specialized meetings and a summer school.

Partners : BIHURCRYSTAL (SME), San Sebastian (SP), CFM-CSIC, San Sebastian (SP), ICMA-CSIC, Zaragoza (SP), ICMAB-CSIC, Barcelona (SP), CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse (Fr), Zaragoza University, Zaragoza (SP), Graphene Nanotech (SME), Zaragoza (SP), ICN2, Barcelona (SP), CELLS, Barcelona (SP), ISP-SYSTEM (SME), Vic en Bigorre (Fr)

Website : https://tnsi-poctefa.eu/fr/


PAMS (2013-17, Coord. A. Gourdon)

The PAMS project explores all scientific and technological aspects of the fabrication of planar atomic and sub-​molecular scale electronic devices on surfaces of Si:H, Ge:H, AlN, CaCO3 (cal­cite) and CaF2 with atomic scale precision and reproducibility.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), Jagiellonian Univ. Krakow (PL), TU Dresden (D), J. Gutenberg Univ. Mainz (D), Univ. Santiago de Compostela (SP), CSIC - CFM, San Sebastian (SP), Aalto University (Fi), IBM Research Zurich (CH).

Website : http://pams.prod.lamp.cnrs.fr/index.php/project


AtMol (2011-14, Coord. C. Joachim)

The AtMol FET-Proactive project has established comprehensive process flow for fabricating a molecular chip, i.e. a molecular processing unit comprising a single molecule connected to external mesoscopic electrodes with atomic scale precision and preserving the integrity of the gates down to the atomic level after the encapsulation. Logic functions has been incorporated in a single molecule gate, or performed by a single surface atomic scale circuit.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), CEA-LETI (Fr), TU Dresden (D), Jagiellonian Univ. Krakow (PL), MPI (D), Humbolt Univ. Berlin (D), CSIC (SP), ICIQ (SP), IMRE AStar Singapore, Univ. Nottingham (UK)

Website : http://www.phantomsnet.net/AtMol/AT/index.php


ARTIST (2010-13, Coord. A. Gourdon)

The FET-Open ARTIST project aims at exploring alternative routes towards long distance (above 10 nm) information transport and storage at the atomic and molecular scale. ARTIST suggests new solutions for optical and electrical addressing of molecules, efficient inter-molecular communication and compatible data storage.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), ISMO-CNRS Orsay (Fr), Univ. Graz (A), IBM Research GmbH (CH), MPI (D), Univ. Liverpool (UK)

Website : http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/93599_en.html


COMOSYEL (2008-13, Coord. E. Dujardin)

The ERC-Starting Grant project COMOSYEL led by E. Dujardin has implemented two approaches of information processing platforms reaching single molecular-scale devices. First, graphene was patterned over several length scales, with a series of techniques compatible with ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) environment, to produce sub-20 nm nanoribbons (GNR) with crystalline edges embedded in pure graphene electronic junctions. Second, colloidal metallic nanostructures were synthesized or self-assembled to produce multiscale plasmonic circuits that were shown to confine and propagate surface plasmons down to sub-10 nm crystals.

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CHAMAN (2018-21, Coord. D. Martrou)

The objective of ANR CHAMAN project is to study Charge Transfer (CT) processes (1) between a metallic NP and a conducting support through an insulating thin film of thickness t (1 -100 nm) and (2) between two NPs under the influence of the insulating film. Such CT processes will be studied as a function of the film thickness and quality (monocrystalline, polycrystalline, amorphous), and of the NP morphology (e.g., size). EFM/EFS and KPFM will be used to control and characterize the CT of single NPs at the single electron level. The influence of defects in the insulating film will be investigated by choosing the metal growth parameters to vary the number of defects covered by a single island. Transport measurements will be monitored will be done either by STM measurements for thin enough films or by using a four STM/nc-AFM probe low temperature microscope. Modelisation and theoretical calculations on two systems : 2D Au islands on AlN(0001) and Pd NPs on MgO(001) will be performed to describe and predict charge/discharge phenomena of NP.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), CINaM CNRS Marseille (Fr), Aalto Univ. (Fi)

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EDIN (2017-20, Part. C. Joachim)

There is still not a clear understanding of the whole innovation process that evolves from incremental and secondary innovations to drastic ones. Such understanding is necessary in order to improve the efficiency of public policy. In particular, it was recently theoretically demonstrated that, in a decentralized economy, firms under-invest in general purpose technologies, but the question is still open at this stage as whether (and how) government policy may support specifically the development of such technologies from the initial scientific discoveries to their implementation.The ANR EDIN project analyzes the burgeoning fields of research that are identified by the generic prefix “Nano”. It includes and should continue to include both incremental and drastic invention, upstream and downstream research with numerous technologies more or less market-oriented.

Partners : Toulouse School of Economy TSE (Coord.), LEREPS-Toulouse-I,CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), .

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ACTION (2016-20, Coord. G. Rapenne)

One of the main current challenges in nanosciences is the exploitation of single molecular machines for real mechanical applications. In the ANR ACTION project, molecular design, chemical synthesis, theory and STM experiments are combined to investigate the mechanical properties of molecular rotors and motors for which we can trigger and control a unidirectional rotation. Once synthesized, molecular machines are studied on surfaces at the single molecular scale or in self-assembled monolayers.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr),FEMTO-ST CNRS Université de Franche-Comté, Montbéliard, (Fr), Université d’Ohio, Athens, (USA) .

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ARTEMIS (2015-19, Part. E. Dujardin)

The ANR ARTEMIS aims, first, at designing and producing artificial proteins that specifically bind to an arbitrarily chosen crystalline inorganic surface - without prior knowledge of protein/mineral interaction mechanisms. Our versatile artificial proteins will bear one of the three following functions. (i) The specific affinity to metallic or semiconductor crystal facets and, hence, to direct the formation of crystalline anisotropic nanoparticles by facet growth inhibition. (ii) The propensity to self-assemble into higher order protein architectures, akin to viruses, therefore widening the morphosynthesis of metal nanoparticle to templated mechanisms and new shapes. (iii) The ability to drive and control the 3D self-assembly of plasmonic and/or luminescent nanoparticles by protein pair formation. The ARTEMIS project gathers biologists (IBBMC Orsay and ESPCI Paris), chemists and physicists (SCR Rennes and CEMES Toulouse) who will develop together the protein design, selection, synthesis and self-assembly, exploit the inorganic growth control of proteins to produce protein-coated metallic nanoparticles with defined morphologies and couple plasmonic and/or luminescence behaviours using the selective affinity of the protein pairs.

Partners : IB2C CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), .

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NanoFluidyn (2015-18, Coord. T. Ondarçuhu)

The aim of the ANR project NANOFLUIDYN is to address open questions in physics of fluids related to the origin of the characteristic lengths governing the behavior at nanometer scale. It federates four partners with complementary expertise (CEMES, LPENSL, CBMN and IMFT), involved in the development of non-conventional atomic force microscopy AFM-based methods applied to fluids. The combination of original techniques and probes together with unique theoretical and numerical models will allow us to investigate confined fluids and interfaces under unprecedented solicitation conditions.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr),CBMN CNRS Univ. Bordeaux (Fr) ; IMFT CNRS Univ P. Sabatier Toulouse (Fr) ; LPENSL ENS Lyon (Fr) .

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PlaCoRe (2013-18, Coord. E. Dujardin)

The ANR PlaCoRe project proposes an alternative strategy that lies on the development of plasmonic components designed from highly crystalline and mobile colloidal assemblies. Indeed, coupling elementary plasmonic building blocks increases the number of available plasmons states, and by consequence, modifies the Surface Plasmon Local Density of States (SP-LDOS) supported by the structures. In this way, novel plasmonic information processing and original applications can be imagined by controlling this quantity in designing two-dimensional geometries of colloidal assemblies on a dielectric surface. In addition, the control and the “on-demand” modification of the SP-LDOS will allow the access to new functionalities including (i) plasmonic transmittance between two selected locations (input-output concept), (ii) routing of the signal, (iii) coupling with quantum systems (fluorescent nano-emitters), and finally (iv) a new concept of plasmonic logic gates working even at the single photon-plasmon level.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr) ; ICB UMR 6303 CNRS Univ. Bourgogne France-Comté, Dijon (Fr) ; Inst. Néel CNRS UPR 2940, Grenoble (Fr).

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HybNaP (2017-19, Coord. E. Dujardin)

HybNaP is a ANR-NRF project comprising five French and Singaporian partners. It aims at building hybrid emitter-metal structures with nanometer controlled geometries by combining colloidal synthesis and self-assembly with advanced templating effects of sub-10 nm patterned substrates structures. The partners will study the hybrid structures with 1-nm resolved electronic probes to locally excite and characterize their optical response. Theoretical modeling and numerical simulations will be implemented to interpret the experimental data.

Partners : CEMES CNRS Toulouse (Fr), SCR UMR 6226 Rennes (Fr), IMRE AStar (Singapore), IHPC AStar (Singapore), SUTD (Singapore).

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MQWire (2017-19, Coord. A. Gourdon)

The objective of MQwires is to synthesize and study directly on a surface under ultra-vacuum polyaromatic molecular threads comprising metal centers carrying a spin. The project involves two teams from Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, specialists in near-field microscopy under magnetic field and surface spectroscopy techniques (PES and ARPES at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center) and the CEMES Nanosciences team in Toulouse, specialist in the design and synthesis of molecules for single-molecule experiments and near-field microscopy (ST and NC-AFM) under ultra-low vacuum.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), NTHU (Taiwan)

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MANA (2013-23, Coord. C. Joachim)

The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) was one of the nine research centers sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the World Premier International Research Center Initiative(WPI). The aim of the WPI is to create top world-level research centers sufficiently attractive to outstanding researchers from around the world. MANA has been called one of Japan’s best research institutes not only for its research output, but also for its efforts to internationalize and establish effective programs for training young researchers.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), NIMS (Japan)

Website : http://www.nims.go.jp/mana/index.html


NAIST (2014-21, Coord. G. Rapenne)

Established in Oct 2014, this international collaborative laboratory for Supraphotoactive Systems raises fundamental questioning about controlling molecules behavior after light excitation, in particular when atomic motion is expected. We develop leading research in the field of light-triggered supramolecular motions. By gathering physicists and chemists, we intend to design and to study novel supramolecular systems in solution state and as single objects on surfaces or embedded in molecular assemblies onto surfaces.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), Nara Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)

Website : http://rvlab.naist.jp/sslab/




ICMADS (2012-15, Coord. A. Gourdon)

The ANR-DFG ICMADS project ((In-situ Chemistry of Molecular Assemblies on Dielectrics) explored for the first time on-surface chemistry for creating molecular structures on dielectric surfaces. It has allowed the preparation, directly on a bulk insulator, of 1D or 2D nanostructures for which the chemical, electronic and magnetic properties are not be perturbed by electronic coupling with the substrate. Two fundamentally different strategies for on-dielectrics chemistry have be investigated on two model surfaces, namely calcium fluoride and calcite.The project included the design and synthesis of tailor-made molecules, their activation and a detailed surface and molecular characterisation by direct imaging using variable-temperature non-contact scanning force microscopy and UPS and MIES spectroscopies. Simulations have been performed for gaining insights into the molecular structures and to investigate reaction pathways.

Partners : CEMES-CNRS Toulouse (Fr), Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (G)

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