NanoGUNE will participate in two European projects

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The NanoGUNE Research Center of San Sebastian will participate as of January 2018 in two projects on quantum electronics and hybrid coatings in Initial Training Networks, one of the most competitive programs in Europe. Thanks to this participation, the center will receive almost half a million euros for each project for the next four years.

The Training Networks of the European Union gather universities, research centers and companies from various countries of the world to train a new generation of researchers.

This grant promotes scientific excellence and business innovation, as well as the career prospects of researchers through the development of their entrepreneurial, creative and innovative skills.

These networks are aimed at training young researchers who have not obtained a doctorate degree and are in their first four years of research, which is called ESR (Early Stage Resercher). In 2018, nanoGUNE will host four ESR researchers, who will participate in the QuESTech and HYCOAT projects in the nanoGUNE Nanodispositives and Nanomaterials groups, respectively.

According to Jose Maria Pitarke, Director of nanoGUNE, “these projects bring international prestige, both for the predoctoral researcher and for the host institution”. He also notes that “the fact of being part of these projects opens the doors to other future projects.

It is a strong point highly valued by the European Commission and the reviewers when granting financing. ”
The call to apply for one of these four scholarships is still open on the center’s website These young researchers will be trained in the fields of quantum electronics and hybrid coatings.

The QuESTech (Quantum Electronics Science and Technology Training) project will create a European network of experts to offer cutting-edge training to young researchers in the field of quantum electronics. The main objective of this project will be to build, study and classify quantum electronic devices. To do this, 15 young researchers will be trained in the subfields of spintronics, unique electronics, quantum dots and quantum thermodynamics.

In addition, the individual research projects will include technological developments such as the growth of nanomaterials, nanostructuring, near-field microscopy, transport measurement under extreme conditions and theoretical calculations. Several of the results of QuESTech have already been identified as of commercial interest for the emerging quantum electronics industry.


The objective of the European Training Network HYCOAT, is focused on creating a group of well-trained young researchers who have a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the MLD (Molecular Layer Deposition) technology, as well as a broad vision on the application potential of hybrid coatings. These allow advances in areas such as packaging and encapsulation, electronics, batteries and biomedical applications.

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