The aim is to recruit high level scientists of any nationality in Grenoble, and in addition to their salary, to provide them funding to employ Ph. D. students and Post-Docs and to buy some equipment for their hosting laboratory.
Two types of proposals are eligible:
This project utilizes the natural ion-selectivity of cell membranes in a biologically-inspired approach to developing novel nano electrochemical energy sources. It will allow harvesting of energy from a living organism to provide a permanent energy supply to micro- or nano-systems designed to perform diagnostic or therapeutic actions.
Joaquin Fernandez-Rossier is Professor at the University of Alicante. The aim of the project is to understand the spin relaxation dynamics of the single Mn atom, to establish laser pulse protocols to control the Mn spin in a chosen quantum state, and to study how far the exchange interaction of the Mn atom to carriers can be increased.
Prof. Leonid Glazman is a leading theorist in the field of quantum coherent phenomena in mesoscopic and nanoscopic systems.
The research developed is focused on superconducting and quantum-coherent devices and coherent spin evolution and spin structure factors in low-dimensional and nano-scale systems .
Michael Roukes is one of the best specialists worldwide on NEMS, and hosting him in Grenoble will contribute to create strong dynamics on that topic. This project takes place in the general framework of a ongoing collaboration between LETI and CALTECH to explore the opportunities of Very Large Scale Integration of such components with industry-like foundry processes, enabling the transition from nanocraft to real nanotechnology.
H.S. Philip Wong
Pr Philip Wong is internationally renowned for his work on novel concepts of devices for integration in a CMOS compatible platform. The objectives of the project are the development of simulation tools for quantum transport in core/shell heterostructures accounting for surface roughness and localized Coulomb defects, and of transport parameter extraction methodologies for efficient characterization of Si nanowires with diameters and gate lengths in the 10nm range.
Professor Holy is an internationally renowned specialist of X-ray scattering on nanostructures. He will work with the network groups that are using X ray lines at ESRF to set experiments and data acquisition methods well adapted to the study of nanostrutures.
Vincent Bayot is a specialist of thermodynamics and quantum transport in two dimensional electron systems and semiconductor nanostructures made of GaAs/AlGaAs or InGaAs/InAlAs heterostructures or of Silicon-on-insulator (SOI). The project is focused on Imaging and controlling coherent and ballistic transport in semiconductor devices and on coherent and spin-dependent transport at very low-temperature.
Mairbek Chshiev is a specialist of the theory of spin-dependent electronic transport phenomena in nanostructures. His is developing a group that strengthens theoretical research activities among Grenoble Laboratories to help clarify fundamental transport mechanisms necessary for developments of future spintronic devices.
Tetiana Aksenova is a leading expert in the field of machine learning and real time signal processing. Its project is the development of online system for brain signal decoding providing self-paced adaptative Movement Related Brain Computer Interface, a non-muscular channel to send the command to the external world using the measures of the brain functions.
Alexander Zaslavsky conducts research on devices that could supplement the current silicon transistor-based microelectronics technology. The project is to pursue quantum tunneling-based nanodevices compatible with the semiconductor-on-insulator platform that can outperform standard end-of-the-roadmap transistors
Leonardo Fonseca is an expert in theory and modeling of nanostructures. The program is to perform first principle simulations of low (SiO2) and high permittivity (HfO2) oxides on graphene focusing on interface issues, as well as quantum transport calculations of ultra-thin transistor channels using graphene on insulator model structures. The aim is to provide a clear understanding of such devices behavior at the atomic level.
Marcelo Franca Santos
Marcelo Franca Santos is a theoretician specialized in quantum optics and cavity QED. The aim of the project is modeling the emission and absorption properties of the model system provided by a single QD coupled to a solid state cavity It will contribute to develop the interface between the quantum optics and the solid state physics communities.
John R. Kirtkey
John R. Kirtley, one of the world’s leading experts on Josephson junction devices and superconductivity, will join this project aimed at the study of the physical properties of high quality superconducting films and their integration into quantum nano-devices. Epitaxial superconducting films will be grown by MBE and characterized at the nanoscale at room temperature as well as at very low temperature. The epitaxial trilayers will be patterned into phase qubits. Novel nanoSQUID microscopy techniques will be employed to image the high quality circuits.
The core of this project is the true integration of Professor Normand Mousseau from the Université de Montréal into a local organization regrouping both physicists and computer scientists belonging to all the 4 institutions in Grenoble, CNRS, CEA, INPG and UJF, and working on condensed matter and nanostructures. Through the study of three prototype systems motivated by the experimental community, multiscale simulations are expected to advance our fundamental understanding of the key issues governing the formation and stability of semiconducting quantum dots, silicon nanowires and graphene sheets.
Yong Zhang is an expert in both optical spectroscopy and electronic structure computation, and is involved in optoelectronic applications of materials (e.g.,solar cell, solid state lighting, thermoelectrics).
The goal of the project is to validate and combine new ideas for solar cells along three axis: 1/Type II band alignment at the interfaces, 2/1D architecture, using arrays of II-VI wires, 3/Direct band gap II-VI semiconductors. It will be done by exploring a new class of photovoltaic cells, based on core/shell nanowires architecture with type II band alignment such as ZnO/CdTe and ZnTe/CdSe.
The new expertise in microwave quantum optics and dynamical Coulomb blockade brought by Max HOFHEINZ is at the core of this project that will include the development of various specific devices and circuits - based on his experience with superconducting quantum circuits (phase qubits and microwave resonators).
Yoshio NISHI and his team at Stanford have a strong expertise in the field of MOS devices and technology and have made recent breakthroughs in the technology of Ge channel NMOS devices. The know-how of Prof. Nishi regarding Ge material, Metallic source and drains MOSFET will strongly benefit to the local community and will allow making significant progress in terms of technological and scientific aspects.
Harold BARANGER has a track record of making connections between theorists working with computational techniques and those making analytic progress. He will bring specific expertise in several computational and theoretical areas: path-integral quantum Monte Carlo simulation, molecular electronics using DFT combined with one-body Green function and in particular one of the first applications to spintronics.
He is a specialist in the field of Dynamic Molecular Simulations (MDS) applied to plasma-surface interactions. The aim of this project is to determine under which conditions graphene layers can be etched without being damaged. This project could provide a technology for obtaining the very high quality samples required for the fundamental study of the properties of graphene, as well as the possibility of engraving large wafers for industrial applications.
Jian Min Zuo
At University of Illinois, Prof. Jian Min ZUO has dedicated the past 8 years on the development of electron Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI) for structure characterization of nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes. This project on semiconductor, oxide nanowires, and organic nanostructures provides a further opportunity to broaden the application of electron CDI and to improve this technique with comparison with synchrotron.
His project in the field of quantum optics and plasmonics concerns the production of indistinguishable photon sources and the development of unique photon detectors based on superconducting wires. The objective of this Chair (2/3 of the time over 3 years) is to benefit in Grenoble all the knowledge and techniques developed by the Val ZWILLER team at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft.
Coming from the San Sebastian CIC in the Spanish Basque Country, Ralf RICHTER is an expert in the design and characterization of multifunctional biomimetic surfaces. With the equipment of Grenoble, he will develop his scientific approach to establish a model to elucidate the mode of operation of a particular family of polysaccharides - glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). The challenge is important because GAGs direct cell migration at the heart of the mechanisms: physiological (development and regeneration of tissues, immune response …) or pathological (cancers …).
Graduated from Harvard University, Dillon FONG is an expert in surface physics and crystal growth - in particular ultra-thin layers of oxides - at the National Laboratory of Argonne (APS). Dillon and his collaborators will develop a growth chamber in Grenoble dedicated to vapor deposition (MOCVD and ALD). It will be installed later on the SIRIUS light line of the SOLEIL synchrotron - for in-situ studies by X-ray diffraction.
Teacher researcher in materials physics, Jean-Louis BARRAT is a specialist in complex fluids. With his team, they are looking to equation and numerically study the universal aspects of the rheology of complex fluids and glasses.
Sergey is an experimentalist in the field of condensed matter physics. He studies the electrical properties of objects of nanometric size. In 2012, Sergey joined the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor where he set up a laboratory for low-temperature quantum transports.
Theoretician, Youli wants to better understand the nano particles at low concentration. He studies the methods for the active control of the population of the latter. Its ultimate objective is to confront these methods
Experimentation, whose results can revolutionize nano superconducting devices.
Coming from the University of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, David CEPERLEY is a theoretical physicist. He is an expert in the development and application of quantum Monte Carlo methods for the accurate calculation of the ground state and spectral properties of increasing complexity models.
Specialist in signal analysis obtained by NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems), Eric COLINET brings its skills here with multi-sensor NEMS using gas chromatography. He has worked in the field of control theory, signal processing and design of integrated circuits for NEMS. Eric COLINET co-founded APIX (Analytical Pixels Technology) in December 2011, where he is now R & D Director
Associate Professor of Materials Science, Physics and Applied Mathematics, William BAILEY is a specialist in the deposit and properties of ultra-thin magnetic films. he is specialized in the examination of new magnetic properties for applications in the emerging spintronics domain (electronics domain in which the electron spin is precisely manipulated). He is particularly interested in the design of low energy loss magnetic materials for their use in the computer field.
Expert in biomaterials, Amy WAGONER JOHNSON’s work sets the scientific basis for the design of synthetic bone substitute materials and systems that could eventually replace bone grafts - currently harvested from patients themselves or from donors
Within this project, Jukka Pekola, Professor at Aalto University in Helsinki, will work with severalexperimental and theoretical groups in Grenoble. The key scientific topics are all related to the field of quantum nano-electronics, with an emphasis put on thermal transport in quantum dots and temperature fluctuations in mesoscopic devices, as well as electron pumping in Si-quantum dots and quantum trajectories in qubits.
Prof. Michel W. Barsoum is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He is an internationally recognized leader in the area of MAX phases and more recently the 2D solids labeled MXenes derived from the MAX phases. Most recently he also discovered a new micromechanism – ripplocation - in the deformation of layered solids. With over 350 refereed publications and a h index > 65, his work has been highly and widely cited. He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Society of Engineering Sciences, fellow of the American Ceramic Soc. and the World Academy of Ceramics.
Paul NEALEY is a professor at the University of Chicago, creator of "The Institute for Molecular Engineering", a pioneer in direct self-assembly of copolymers, a strategic strategy for nanoelectronics.