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The Q-NET project

presThe “Quantum Nano-Electronics Training” project, with acronym Q-NET, will create a European network of experts providing state-of-the-art training for young researchers in the general field of experimental, applied and theoretical Quantum Nano-Electronics.

Improving our conceptual understanding of quantum electron transport at the nanoscale is needed for enabling the emergence of “Beyond C-MOS“ nano-electronics devices. This implies a combined effort in the topics of spintronics, molecular electronics, single-electronics, quantum dots and nanowires, nano-cooling. Rapidly-progressing studies on Quantum Nano-Electronics rely on state-of-the-art technologies of nanofabrication, electron and near-field microscopies, transport measurement under extreme conditions (low temperatures, magnetic field, radio-frequency irradiation) and theoretical calculations.

Quantum Nano-Electronics provides a challenging and innovative framework for training young researchers with excellent prospects for a career either in the industry or in academia. At present, an estimate of 1000 researchers is active in the field and about 150 PhD students are graduating every year. This small number of PhDs needs to be increased in order to meet industrial needs in terms of highly skilled scientific staff in the micro- and nano-electronics industry. There is also a strong demand for such trained researchers from the industries of instrumentation, metrology, gas handling, telecommunication, and space.

Q-NET’s general objective is to increase the training level of the European researchers in the field of Quantum Nano-Electronics. In order to reach that objective, Q-NET will:
- Recruit and train young researchers at the highest level in an all-inclusive way.
The recruited 14 PhD students and 2 post-docs will receive training on a wide set of carefully identified expertises at a level that will be defined within a personal career development plan. Q-NET training will include scientific and technological expertise in the general field of Quantum Nano- Electronics and a full set of complementary expertise. The complementary training program will aim at equipping Q-NET trainees with entrepreneurial mindsets, thus enhancing their employability in both the industry and academics.

- Make new S&T advances in the Quantum Nano-Electronics field.
Q-NET will contribute to a deeper conceptual understanding of quantum devices based on individual nano-objects and phase-coherent phenomena. New concepts, new materials and new approaches will be developed, investigated and applied. Q-NET aims at both improving the specifications and performances of existing devices concepts and developing new kinds of nano- structures with exciting new features.

- Provide world-class S&T training sessions in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies.
Q-NET will organize four sessions of the European School On Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (ESONN) devoted to Quantum Nano-Electronics, combining both theoretical and practical training, and open them to young researchers outside the consortium.

These objectives will be reached through a comprehensive set of collaboration schemes between the consortium’s partners, with carefully defined research objectives. Systematic secondments of recruited researchers from one partner to several others will be organized, including for every researcher a secondment of at least two months to a private sector partner. This placement scheme carries the double objective of training the seconded researchers and of fostering the S&T objectives achievement.

A Supervisory Board will closely endorse Q-NET training with a strong involvement from the 2 private sector partners, who will also contribute to training by lecturing at complementary Special Training Sessions.

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