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Artificial permittivity and permeability engineering for future generation sub wavelength analogue integrated circuits and systems

Project description

High-performance electronic components based on metamaterials

Metamaterials are artificially crafted composite materials that display properties that are not found in naturally occurring materials. Amongst the most sought-after properties of metamaterials is the negative refractive index. The refractive index depends on the electric permittivity and the magnetic permeability of the material. The EU-funded NANOPOLY project focuses on controlling the impedance and parasitic elements in metamaterial-based integrated circuits by independently tuning electric permittivity and magnetic permeability to values impossible to achieve in natural materials. The project will also add 2D materials in the electronic components. The result will be a new class of smaller, faster and more efficient electronic components.


NANOPOLY proposes a ground-breaking yet cost effective method to extend our control over impedance and parasitic phenomena in monolithic circuit components by independently tuning electric permittivity and magnetic permeability of the integrated layers to values far beyond what nature can provide. This approach will re-define all components used in existing analogue circuit design regardless of technology. NANOPOLY will implement this concept on existing technology such as SiGe and will also employ novel two dimensional materials characterized by high mobility in order to complement minimal thickness and transferability with impedance engineering obtaining unprecedented performance of electronic components. This scheme, i.e. the meta-layers complemented with 2D materials aims at providing an entirely novel concept that of meta-electronics that promise a nano sized circuit platform with a new performance envelope, useful in all future analogue applications such as miniaturized consumer electronics, health monitoring, high-end THz applications e.t.c. As a proof of concept, NANOPOLY will develop a new technological platform, the associated software tool-kit and re-define the existing paradigm of analogue electronic integrated circuits regardless of material family. NANOPOLY will also create i) a set of components and their models exhibiting minimal cross talk and reduced footprint for use in high density analogue design of miniaturized RF circuits, ii) a proof of concept mmWave, 2D material based Rx/Tx (emitting / receiving) module including the antenna with a total footprint of λ/20 and state of the art performance and iii) A THz range SiGe based Rx/Tx module with improved performance to showcase the broad applicability of the proposed technology.

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Net EU contribution
€ 807 850,00
92190 MEUDON

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 807 850,00

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