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Canadian European Research Initiative On Nanostructures - 2

Objective

Nano-technology is one of the most promising and enabling technologies. The rapid increase in cost for performing state-of-the-art research in nano-technology and multidisciplinary dimension necessitates that international resources, facilities and expertise are pooled. This Working Group (WG) aims to develop and strengthen collaborations between Europe and Canada in the area of nano-technology. Cerion-2 builds on the successful Cerion WG. The collaborations are designed to benefit from the complementary facilities, techniques and expertise of the partners. A new dimension of CERION-2 is its emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of nano-technology expected to promote cross fertilisation of ideas and concepts. Topics such as semiconductor spintronics and quantum information are accompanied by approaches involving biological and polymer nano-structures. Nano-technology is one of the most promising and enabling technologies. The rapid increase in cost for performing state-of-the-art research in nano-technology and multidisciplinary dimension necessitates that international resources, facilities and expertise are pooled. This Working Group (WG) aims to develop and strengthen collaborations between Europe and Canada in the area of nano-technology. Cerion-2 builds on the successful Cerion WG. The collaborations are designed to benefit from the complementary facilities, techniques and expertise of the partners. A new dimension of CERION-2 is its emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of nano-technology expected to promote cross fertilisation of ideas and concepts. Topics such as semiconductor spintronics and quantum information are accompanied by approaches involving biological and polymer nano-structures.

OBJECTIVES
The CERION-2 Working Group will consist of a European-Canadian consortium of members conducting research in various fields of nano-electronics, including quantum transport in nano-devices, quantum information, nano-photonics, spintronics, molecular, electronics, bioelectronics as well as the underlying nano and self assembly technology. The following long-term goals are envisaged:
- the creation of new collaboration links;
- to intensify existing collaboration links from CERION-1 that comply with CERION;
- to exchange all scientific and strategic information of common interest between all CERION-2 members;
- to disseminate public information on the CERION-2 activities.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
In order to meet the goals and objectives of the CERION-2 working group, the activities of the transatlantic research collaboration links will be grouped into five work packages (WPs) that have a one-to-one relation to the main research areas in which the participating institutes are involved:
WP1: Quantum information and decoherence in coupled nanosystems;
WP2: Nano-photonics;
WP3: Magnetoelectronics and spintronics;
WP4: Bio and molecular electronics;
WP5: Overall management.
Work package WP1 to WP4 are covering the scientific activities of the CERION-2 working group. Many of the participating institutes are active in one or more areas corresponding to these work packages; Work package WP5 deals with management and administration issues, including the day-to-day management activities of the management board (consisting of IMEC Leuven on the European side and NRC-IMS, Ottawa on the Canadian side), dissemination of information (through the annual workshops, the CERION-2 web site), monitoring and possibly reorienting research progress, the appointment of new member institutes and all reporting to the European Commission.
All long-term goals of CERION-2 are reached by the end of the project:
1) The scientific results of the CERION-2 related research has led to numerous publications in refereed journals, invited talks and contributed conference papers. The 2003 Herzberg Memorial Prize and Fellowship, awarded by the The National Research Council of Canada to Dr. Marek Potemski (CRNS-High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Grenoble) deserves special mention as in indirect but prominent side-effect of CERION-2;
2) The collaborations existing from the previous CERION project, that are also part of CERION-2 have either been kept on the same intensity level or have been intensified. Moreover, four new collaborations have been reported that were not originally planned in the CERION-2 project proposal;
3) During the CERION-2 project eight CERION-2 members have applied for participation in the PHANTOMS Network of Excellence on nanotechnology. Moreover, non-confidential scientific and project related information provided in the eight topical reports has been published (and will further be published) in the PHANTOMS Newsletter issues as regular research papers and dedicated articles;
4) The unique transatlantic collaboration scheme established by the CERION-2 consortium has considerably strengthened the bilateral cooperation between Europe and Canada in the wide area of nanophysics, chemistry and technology.

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