Cosmics

COSMICS is a H2020/FET-Open project (Future and Emerging Technologies).
COSMICS intends to develop a modelling platform around molecular spintronics and general concepts for efficient strategies to greatly optimize the magneto-transport properties of materials/devices.

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Consortium

Cosmics was born from a fruitful collaboration between European experimentalists and theorists, specialists of molecular spintronics. Today, it brings together six teams of physicists and chemists, including a software development company. The project consists in developing a molecular spintronic modeling platform that will help and stimulate basic and applied research, to bring out new molecular technologies in the field.

Specifically, researchers will combine modeling tools and cutting-edge experiments on well-calibrated systems. Their objective is to elucidate the fundamental mechanisms of spin transport in various systems like thin layers, molecular junctions, etc..., and to validate the associated models. This dual theory-experiment approach must also allow proposing new materials or systems with robust and optimal properties.

Partners:

CEA

 Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé

Group of Modelling & Theory (GMT)

 coordinator

Cyrille Barreteau

 DTU

DTU Nanotech

 Theoretical NanoElectonics

Mads Brandbyge

 SNPS DK

 Synopsys Denmark

Kurt Stokbro

& Troels Markussen

 UPD 

 Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques

STM group

Amandine Bellec

 CAU 

 Christian Albrechts Universitat zu Kiel

STM group

 Richard Berndt

& Manuel Gruber

 UVEG 

The Institute of Molecular Science

 Eugenio Coronado

& José Antonio Real

 

Participants

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CEA is the French Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives). It is a public body established in October 1945. The CEA is active in three main fields: Energy, information and health technologies, and defence and national security. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research. CEA has a workforce of around 15000 employees. The SPEC laboratory (http://iramis.cea.fr/spec/) is a joint research unit affiliated to CNRS and CEA Saclay (UMR 3680) in the domain of condensed matter physics. The Group of Modelling and Theory (GMT) has a strong expertise in ab-initio modelling of nanomagnetism and spin-polarized transport in nanostructures and hybrid (molecule/substrate) systems relevant for molecular spintronics.
 
Persons involved:
Permanents
Cyrille Barreteau (scientific coordinator), Yannick Dappe, Sylvain Latil, Alexander Slogunov
PhD, post-doc
Ludovic Le Laurent (PhD), Suranjan Shil (pdoc)
 
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DTU is one of the biggest technical universities in northern Europe. In 2010, DTU was ranked as No. 1 in Scandinavia and No. 7 in Europe and No. 45 in a list of top 500 Universities in the world. The dept. of micro and nanotechnology (DTU Nanotech) represents an international and cross-disciplinary research environment. Many projects involve collaboration with industry. Strategic areas include nano-fabrication, nano-electronics and photonics, and energy-technology. The Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Graphene(CNG) within DTU-Nanotech has a strong focus on graphene and novel 2D nanostructures and theoretical simulations of nanoelectronics. DTU Nanotech provides extensive support for EU projects (coordinating 6 FP7 projects, 1 H2020 project, two ERC grant holders and 25+ EC projects as partner).
 
Persons involved:
Permanents
Mads Brandbyge
PhD, post-doc
Mohammad Koleini (pdoc), Fei Gao (pdoc)

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Synopsys Denmark ApS (SNPS DK)
As the world's 15th largest software company, Synopsys has a long history of being a global leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. In 2017 SNPS acquired QuantumWise A/S and added the QuantumATK product for atomic-scale modelling to its product portefolio.
QuantumATK is a platform with complementary simulation engines for atomic-scale modelling, comprising first-principles methods, tight-binding methods and classical potentials, and QuantumATK 2018.06 includes the latest innovation in simulations of spintronics devices using Density Functional Theory (DFT), including non-collinear calculations with spin-orbit interactions, MetaGGA functionals, NonEquilibrium Greens Functions (NEGF) device simulations. SNPS DK also has a strong expertise in software engineering and high-performance computing. SNPS DK uses modern software development methods, including the Scrum method for "agile" software development and Git for software version control.
At present, SNPS DK has more than 30 employees, working with developing the code and user support. Most of the employees have a Ph.D. in physics or chemistry, and/or are seasoned programmers with long experience in numerical modeling and GUI development. The company therefore has the expertise to participate in and contribute to advanced research projects.
 
Persons involved:
Permanents
Troels Markussen, Kim Pedersen
PhD, post-doc

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University Paris Diderot (UPD) is the only multidisciplinary University in Paris that offers a wide range of degrees in the Humanities, Medicine and Sciences. With its 26,000 students, 20% of whom are international, its 2,000 faculty and its 15 departments that include 92 research laboratories, it is a major actor in European higher education and research. The University has acquired an international reputation for the excellence of its standards of research in all the fields in which it is active, namely science, medicine, dentistry, art and humanities and social sciences. In the sciences section, the main disciplines represented are Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Sciences. The physics department comprises 15 laboratories dedicated to several fields of science including quantum physics, solid state physics, complex systems, energy, and astrophysics.
The laboratory “Materials and Quantum Phenomena” (MPQ), that belongs to the physics department, is an interdisciplinary research laboratory (physics, engineering and chemistry) of CNRS and University of Paris Diderot. It comprises 85 members, including 40 scientists and more than 40 PhDs, postdoctoral fellows and visitors. Research activity concerns the study of quantum phenomena in nanomaterials down to the atomic scale. It is centered on three themes: nanomaterials, electronic properties and quantum optics, bringing together several communities with both experimentalists and theoricians. Main motivation is the elaboration of quantum devices based on this fundamental research. Research at MPQ benefits from the development of state-of-the art equipments. Technological facilities are located at MPQ such as a Clean Room and a High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HRTEM).
The STM team is expert in nanomagnetism and molecular electronics and has developed the Spin Polarized STM technique, applied to single molecules studies. The team has three ultra-high vacuum STM setups (two variable temperature and one low temperature) placed on a 100 m2 low noise basement. A second low temperature instrument will be installed at the end of 2017.

Persons involved:
Permanents
Amandine Bellec, Vincent Repain, Jérôme Lagoute
PhD, post-doc
Yongfeng Tong (pdoc), Mehdi Bouhatou (PhD)

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Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) is a university owned by the German State of Schleswig-Holstein. At its eight faculties it currently teaches about 23.000 students, with 1.165 scientific staff involved both in teaching and research. In research, CAU is well-profiled, it currently holds 3 projects funded by the German “Excellence Initiative” and is member in 8 Collaborative Research Centers funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
The Berndt group is a part of the Institut für Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik (IEAP). The group currently comprises 9 PhD students, 6 postdoctoral research associates, 3 Bachelor and Master students. There is support from 2.5 technicians. There is further backing by a sizeable mechanical workshop, an electronics laboratory, and a computing center that are jointly run by all members of the IEAP.  The group is currently involved in 2 “Sonderforschungsbereiche”, collaborative research projects of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, investigating nanoscale magnetism and molecular machines. Prof. Berndt and the group developed and used low-temperature STM since 1992 to investigate metallic and organic nanostructures with respect to their electronic and magnetic properties.  They pioneered STM-induced light emission and molecular contacts in STM.  Their recent work is focussed on controlled single-molecule contacts, magnetism of ultra-small clusters, graphene and fluorescence.

Persons involved:
Permanents
Manuel Gruber, Richard Berndt
PhD, post-doc
Ling Fu, Denis Savelev

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The University of Valencia (UVEG) ranks third among Spanish universities in indexed scientific production. According to the ISI Essential Sciences Indicators data, UV is ranked in Chemistry among the 50 best Universities on a world scale. Such a remarkable position has been possible thanks to the work developed at the Molecular Science Institute (ICMol), which has produced more than the 90% of the highly cited papers in Chemistry and Materials Science of the UV. The research of ICMol (www.icmol.es) is focused on molecular nanoscience and includes the design and study of new functional materials using a molecular approach. Located at the Scientific Park of the UV, ICMol employs more than 100 scientific researchers and houses the most advanced systems for the preparation, characterization and study of molecules, molecular materials and molecular devices. ICMol is one of the few Spanish research centers that has been distinguished by the Spanish MINECO as “Research Unit of Excellence”. The excellence of this institute is also demonstrated by the fact that 4 of its researchers have been awarded with an ERC grant.
The research in Valencia will be performed by two groups of the ICMol, namely the group of Molecular Materials led by Prof. E. Coronado and the group of Switchable Molecular Materials led by Prof. J. A. Real.

Persons involved:
Permanents
Eugenio Coronado, José Antonio Real Cabezos, Juan Modesto Clemente, Ana Belen Gaspar, Sacramento Ferrer, Miguel Clemente, Alicia Forment
PhD, post-doc
Carlos Bartual