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Energy Filtering Non-Equilibrium Devices

Objective

This project aims for revolutionary energy filtering nano-devices for information and communications technology (ICT). It is at the intersection of phononics, photonics, nanoscale electro-thermal devices and molecular engineering. By building new energy filtering devices down to molecular scales we aim to generate new knowledge and understanding of the electronic, phononic and near-field energy/heat fluxes at the fundamental limits of nano-scale energy management, and to demonstrate novel proof-of-concept non-equilibrium phonon engineered electro-thermal devices in real applications. The efficient nano-scale thermal management necessitate developing new theoretical and experimental tools for understanding and mastering the individual non-equilibrium energy/particle channels and inter-channel couplings. Control of the physical mechanisms behind non-equilibrium electronic energy filtering effects will be firstly addressed by non-linear transport in molecular junctions by developing new research tools that combine state-of-the-art molecular synthesis, bolometers, scanning probe microscopy technologies and theoretical modelling. In parallel with the molecular bottom-up approach, we will work with scalable thermionic nano-junctions, which not only have great technological potential of their own but also serve as a model system for the molecular devices. By employing non-linear out of equilibrium electro-thermal effects in molecular and scaled-down junction systems, we pursue the realization of proof-of-concept ICT devices utilizing these technologies within the time span of the project. This project will combine synergies in theory, experiment and technology-development covering different fields from chemistry to electronics. The project partners, who are leaders in their respective fields, form a consortium that is uniquely positioned to achieve the ambitious objectives.
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Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

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Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 847 295

Participants (4)

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CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 565 750

UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 405 253,75

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 502 838,75

IBM RESEARCH GMBH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 597 900

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 766853

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    30 June 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 919 037,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 919 037,50

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland