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Emerging Nanoelectronics (ENANO)
Proactive Initiative in the 6 th Framework Programme


  • 2nd Cluster Review Meeting for FET Emerging Nanoelectronics projects (ENANO )
    13-16 November 2007 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES)
  • FP7 1st call for proposals for ICT, including FET Proactive Includes an initiative on " Nano-scale ICT devices and systems "
    An information day was held in Brussels on 24 January 2007 .
  • Assessment of FP5 Nanotechnology Information Devices (NID)
    NEW BROCHURE now available ( PDF, 600kb )
    You can order a paper copy by sending an email to Amanda Esposito: mention clearly in the subject line: "Brochure NID" .
  • 1st Cluster Review for FET Emerging Nanoelectronics projects (ENANO-1) - Lund, SE, 6-9 November 2006
  • The European Forum on Nanosciences 19-20 October 2006 - Brussels (BE)  is co-organised by COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research), the European Commission (EC), the European Parliament / Scientific Technology Options Assessment (EP/STOA), the European Science Foundation (ESF), and the ERA-NET Consortium on Nanoscience in the European Research Area (NanoSci-ERA). It promotes a converging approach across disciplines. One of the 4 sessions of the conference is devoted to “How will converging nanosciences transform information society?”
  • Nanoelectronics Days" Workshop 11-13 October 2006 - Aachen (DE)
    The workshop will focus on novel material issues, new approaches and novel devices for nanoelectronics. While keeping separate invited talks for each topic, all topics are bridged by plenary keynote presentations. The Nanoelectronics Days are jointly organized by the Center of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology (Research Center Jülich) and the RWTH-NanoClub (RWTH Aachen).
  • Nanoelectronics 2015" towards and beyond ( PDF ) - 22 September 2006 - Montreux (CH)
    joint MEDEA+/ENIAC workshop - following ESSDERC conference
    The workshop will combine a public presentation of the report of the MEDEA+ scientific committee working group on "towards and beyond 2015", with a presentation of the ENIAC Strategic Research Agenda and presentations of invited speakers from Japan and the US. Il will also include discussions on how to match research agendas with visions and how to organise European research in nanoelectronics.
  • 1st International Conference on Nano-Networks (Nano-Net 2006) - Lausanne (CH) 14 -16 Sept. 2006
    The Nano-Net conference positions itself at the intersection of two worlds, namely, emerging nanotechnologies on one-side, and network/communication theory on the other side. The standing question that this conference will address is: What are the new communication paradigms that derive from the transition from micro- to nano-scale devices? The related degrees of freedom and constraints associated with these new technologies will change our notions about efficient network and system design. Nano-Net provides a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of new techniques in modeling, design, simulation, and fabrication of network and communication systems at the nano-scale.
  • The "Trends in Nanotechnology" (TNT2006)   - 4-8 September 2006 Grenoble (France)
    The TNT2006 edition is organised out of Spain for the first time;  - to emphasise the importance at the European level of the launch of the Centre of Innovation in Micro and Nanotechnology, MINATEC. Travelship bursaries for PhD students will be available (around 80)
    A special session on projects in Emerging Nanoelectronics will be organised at this conference.
  • 6th International Workshop on Future Information Processing Technologies (IWFIPT) - August 29 to September 1, 2005, Asheville (USA)
    Report ( PDF, 73kb )- W. Steinhoegl (Eur.Commission)


What is Emerging Nanoelectronics (ENANO)? (Workprogramme text)

This initiative complements mainstream IC developments with advanced research in hybrid and molecular electronics, and prepares the bases for an extension of integrated circuit technology beyond the limits of CMOS scaling. This initiative covers a time horizon beyond 2009, corresponding to that covered in the "Emerging Research Devices" (ERD) section of the ITRS roadmap. The scope is however limited to a number of non-CMOS options listed in the ERD document.

Many effects characteristic of molecular and other nanometer-scale structures have recently been discovered or demonstrated, paving the way for technological developments complementing those on the mainstream semiconductor platforms. The emerging nanoelectronics initiative aims at consolidating and further advancing this research and to prepare the bases for industrial research and development programmes on non-CMOS nanometre technologies in information society applications.

Three long-term directions are proposed to focus European-level research.

  1. Hybrid molecular electronics to develop new functions or to improve the implementation of known functions, by incorporating new molecular-scale developments on appropriate submicron scale semiconductor platforms.
  2. One-dimensional structures such as nanotubes or nanowires for the development of devices, functions, interconnections, etc.
  3. Single molecules for the development of reproducible functions and to compose circuits. This research is likely to require progress on the understanding of electrical characteristics of single molecules and contacts. Special interest is given to organic molecules, their potential for self-assembly and the multidisciplinary research they would motivate.

Each proposal is expected to include elaboration of recent breakthroughs into reproducible physical prototypes and accurate simulations, forward looking research into circuits and architectures, as well as more basic research into topics such as self- or directed assembly. Proposals should identify long-term aims and expected objectives within the duration of the project. They should propose merit criteria where the proposed developments would compete with mainstream approaches or complement these.

Proposals for multidisciplinary integrated projects are expected for each of the research themes described above. These are expected to include, beyond the research work, also contribution to roadmaps, training, dissemination and exploitation activities. Industrial participation is welcome as research performers or, in the case of upstream projects, as advisers for success criteria and their implementation. Proposals for networks of excellence would complement the integrated projects and could, among other integration activities, address the requirement for access to a modelling infrastructure and to advanced experimental facilities open to non-standard processes.

This initiative was called as part of IST Call 3, which is now closed.

A consultation meeting was organised in Brussels on 16 December 2004 and aimed to provide a fresh look at the requirements and opportunities for European research in emerging nanoelectronics, taking into account the last revision of the ITRS roadmap on "Emerging Research Devices".  Report (( PDF ), 146KB) of this meeting

A FET Infoday was organised in Brussels on 3-4 June 2004.


Graphical representation of PROJECTS resulting from the ENANO-initiative

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Timetable - ENANO - IST Call 3

  • FET Infoday : 03-04 June 2004, Brussels
  • Call launched: 15 June 2004
  • Call closed: 22 Sep 2004
  • Deadline for pre-proposals: 01 July 2004
  • Deadline for proposals: 22 Sep 2004, 17:00
  • Start of projects: 1 September 2005