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LION - Quantum matter redesign through LIght-matter interactiON
DYNAMO - DYnamic control in hybrid plasmonic NAnopores: road to next generation multiplexed single MOlecule detection
In the quest to develop platforms to decipher the information in biomolecules there is an increasingly demand for techniques that are capable of identifying specific biomolecules at the smallest possible concentration, controlling their capturing and movement at the nanoscale. Nanopore sequencing is… Read more a key technology to drive this progress, and solid-state nanopores can be a major technological player. In the field of solid-state nanopores, many challenges remain in particular toward i) design and fabricate nanopore with size comparable to biological pores, ii) dynamic control of single molecule translocation, and iii) multiplexed read-out. Progress toward integrated platforms where both solid-state and biological nanostructures are implemented has been brought by the development of functional nanomaterials and DNA nanotechnology, able to address the importance of nanoscale precision in nanopore platforms with the potential to surpass the performance of biological nanopores. Yet, the integration of biological and synthetic nanomaterials is technically challenging, and their use to fully control and measure single molecule is far from real-world applications. DYNAMO is designed as an innovative research and training network, where we will recruit 10 Researchers to work toward the ambitious goal of developing the next-generation single molecule technologies exploiting hybrid DNA and metallic nanostructures. The network brings together a unique team of 8 world-leading academics and 1 high tech innovative company at the forefront of optical spectroscopy, DNA nanostructures, nanopore technology developments, single molecule detection and control, and biotech real-world applications. DYNAMO will establish an intersectoral training and research programme at the physics/chemistry/biotech interface with partners from 6 EU countries, aimed at creating the next generation of skilled well-connected scientists that will pioneer the ‘single molecule science of tomorrow’.
KIC _BattValue - Skilled learners for battery value chain in Europe
BattValue aims to develop four-level course modules of introductory, basic, intermediate and advanced courses, as well as trainings, in the battery field for industrial stakeholders working in the battery mineral/metal processing and refining, in battery (chemical) production and recycling, in technology development companies,… Read more in energy sector, in automotive industry and related areas. BattValue, is a demanddriven project, based on the industrial needs1,2 . Indeed, it touches the key aspects of the battery supply chain, based on the core competences required in companies, and will contribute to educate new professionals for new, high level jobs, including tools which promote more efficient use of resources with the aim of minimising the environmental impact of batteries (Battery Passport). Key outcomes of the project are achieved by detailed planning and marketing of the project during the first year.
MIRAQLS - MID-INFRARED QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY FOR SENSING
To increase our ability to sense the changes in the environment around us, we must understand how to control the quantum properties of light and matter at the fundamental limits of their interaction. As such, quantum sensing is poised to… Read more bring paradigmshifting transformations to how precision measurements are performed. Given the central role that MIR spectroscopy plays on many of the pressing issues facing modern society, there is an urgent need for systematic investments into the innovation and development of MIR quantum technologies for sensing applications. MIRAQLS brings together an interdisciplinary team of Canadian and European researchers, together with industry partners, who share a long-term vision for the development of MIR quantum photonic technologies for sensing applications. Our team combines expertise in quantum photonics, materials science, optoelectronic component development, MIR laser science and spectroscopy, biophotonics, photonic inverse design, quantum optics theory, and quantum information science, and quantum technologies. MIRAQLS aims to tackle some of the biggest challenges that have hampered the development of MIR quantum technologies, while at the same time delivering concept demonstrators, such as quantum-enhanced Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer (q-FTIR), quantum-enhanced optical coherence tomography (q-OCT) and SU(1,1) interferometry. By manipulation of quantum statistics of the input states, e.g. squeezing and entanglement operations, we aim to achieve better sensitivity bounds in comparison to the classical technology, limited to the operation at the standard quantum limit (SQL). Improvements in MIR sensing will directly translate to increased societal well-being, safety, and prosperity; it becomes indispensable in the context of the global fight against the looming climate crisis.
KIC-IMAGINE 3 - Master Programmes in Sustainable Materials (SUMA)
The EIT-Label is a high, strategic priority for the EIT and EIT RawMaterials, as education EIT Core KPIs can only be achieved through EIT-Label Programmes and Graduates. A strategic high priority for the EIT and EIT RawMaterials higher education activities is to achieve… Read more EIT-Labelled Programme, Graduate and Start-up targets, outlined in the strategic agenda and in the KIC objectives. The SUMA Master Programme is a fully operational and successful EIT-Label Master Programme achieving and exceeding its recruitment targets, thereby delivering 20% of all Label Graduates in EIT RawMaterials. The involvement of Atlantic Copper in a meaningful way as the "SUMA Atlantic Copper Chair", to give industry lectures, provide internships and promote SUMA locally. This was realised by merging the ACCHAIR proposal submitted under KAVA6 into the IMAGINE-III proposal. IMAGINE-3 further evolves the SUMA master programme and its curriculum to include strategically-relevant, interdisciplinary digitalizaiton skills and competences in its curriculum with the addition of "digitalisation" modules in all 9 master tracks. Digitalisation skills and competences will be needed in all industries to drive change in the raw materials sector - including primary and secondary producers (mining companies, recyclers, smelters and refineries), but also raw materials end-users such as the automotive OEMs, renewable energy industries, ICT and infrastructure industries. The demand and need for digital competences has been memorialised in strategy documents, such as the EU New Skills Agenda, the World Economic Forum "Future of Work", and the EU Digital Education Action Plan, to name a few. Extension of the partnership to involve two more universities from RIS regions, strategically in line with the priorities of the EC, Horizon Europe, EIT and EIT RawMaterials, to contribute to increasing the innovation capacity of RIS regions. Moreover, this is fully in line with the Master School strategy, to involve RIS universities as entry universities in their consortium. Intensification of the I&E education and opportunities (in addition to 30ECTS dedicated to compulsory I&E courses) in order to increase the likelihood that SUMA students will hone their creativity and entrepreneurial skills and competences to develop solutions to challenges sourced from industry. This is evidences in the courses now being required at each university where teams of students develop business ideas, as part of compulsory ECTS education.
KIC-RMSchools-4. Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools 4.0
RM@Schools 4.0 is emerging from RM@Schools 3.0, the WSL Flagship programme of EIT RawMaterials, and running in parallel with RM@Schools-ESEE, dedicated to the ESEE region.It is supporting the RawMaterials Academy’s efforts towards young students (11-19 years old) across Europe to promote a wide… Read more dissemination action on RM-related themes in schools and society through strategic European partnerships among research, university, school, and industry
Nanostructured solid acid catalysts for sustainable chemical manufacturing
SMART-electron- ULTRAFAST ALL-OPTICAL SPATIO-TEMPORAL ELECTRON MODULATORS: OPENING NEWFRONTIERS IN ELECTRON MICROSCOPY
Addressing the grand-challenges that the world is facing nowadays in connection with ‘energy’, ‘information’ and ‘health’ requires the development of unconventional methods for unprecedented visualization of matter. SMARTelectron aims at developing an innovative technological platform for designing, realizing and operating all-optical rapidly-programmable phase… Read more masks for electrons. By introducing a new paradigm where properly synthesized ultrafast electromagnetic fields will be used for engineering the phase space of a free-electron wave function, we will be able to achieve unprecedented space/time/energy/momentum shaping of electron matter waves, surpassing conventional passive monolithic schemes and revolutionizing the way materials are investigated in electron microscopy. Such unique high-speed, flexible and precise full-phase multidimensional control, will enable novel advanced imaging approaches in electron microscopy with enhanced features, such as higher image-resolution, lower electron dose, faster acquisition rate, higher signal-to-noise ratio, and three-dimensional image reconstruction, together with higher temporal resolution and high energy-momentum sensitivity. In SMART-electron, we will make such potential a reality by implementing for the first time three beyond-the-state-of-the-art imaging techniques enabled by our photonicbased electron modulators, namely: (1) Ramsey-type Holography, (2) Electron Single-Pixel Imaging, and (3) Quantum Cathodoluminescence. Such new approaches will lead to unprecedented visualization of many-body states in quantum materials, real-time electrochemical reactions, and spatio-temporal localization of biomimetic nanoparticles in cells for drug delivery. By surpassing the current paradigms in terms of electron manipulation, the project has the potential to drive electron microscopy into a new and exciting age where scientists will benefit from new tools with unprecedented performances that were unimaginable until now.
SURFICE - Smart surface design for efficient ice protection and control
Icing affects the operational safety of much of our transport and general infrastructure. Although in the last decade there have been promising advancements in surface engineering and materials science, to achieve an effective and sustainable anti-icing technology requires that the physical processes… Read more involved in icing are better understood and applied to a rational design of anti-icing surfaces and systems. Furthermore, the arrival of hybrid or fully-electric engines, requires that new technologies also be developed for ice protection purposes suited to these new aircraft types. Already today, all new electric urban air mobility and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) developers and start-ups are experiencing difficulties in finding icing and inclement weather specialists. This is because such training is very specialized and the required skills take years to develop. SURFICE will address both aspects. 13 talented early stage researchers will be trained by an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral consortium of experts in materials and surface science, physics and engineering. The project will address three major research objectives: (i) investigate icing physics on complex surfaces to understand and model ice formation, accretion and adhesion; (ii) achieve rational design for anti-icing materials and coatings based on a novel concept of discontinuity-enhanced icephobicity; and (iii) develop new technologies for efficient ice prevention and control. The proposed anti-icing solutions will be directly applied in aeronautics, energy systems and sensor technologies, as well as glass manufacturing and automotive industry through industrial partners. Intertwining surface science and engineering will benefit icing research, but also other innovative emerging technologies, where surface phenomena play a crucial role. Training on scientific, transferable and entrepreneurial skills will complete the CVs of the young researchers providing an innovation-oriented mind-set.