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Network Members
Network Purpose

 Network purpose

The Network (funded by the European Commission (IST programme): December 01, 2000 - November 30, 2004) was of a truly interdisciplinary character (members came from government, universities and industry at the top of their fields in Europe) and involved 238 partners from 30 different countries worldwide (see Fig.1 and 2).

Figure 1. Group members per country. Total number of groups: 238.

Figure 2. People working in Phantoms groups per country. Total number of people: 2139

Thus linking research strategies in a consortium of participants coming from different fields and promoting exchange of researchers fostered the understanding between the groups coming from different directions. This was a crucial point that helped to ensure the competitiveness of Europe in this fast emerging field.

The research areas addressed by the Phantoms Network were the following:

Nanoimprint/Micro contact Printing
Molecular and Bioelectronics (Fullerenes, biomolecules, etc.)
Nanoscale Optics
Self-assembly/combination of Silicon technology and molecular based electronics

An important objective was to make industry aware of the strategic importance of nanoelectronic research for the future of information technology (IT) in general and of microelectronics in particular. For this purpose, the network promoted intensively industrial participation in the Network activities (11% of the members belong to industry), informing the industry about relevant progresses in nanoelectronics and providing a feedback loop for industrial mid and long-term interests. Other initiatives were launched in collaboration for example with NEXUS: NanoINDEX project funded by the European Commission.

Networks of Excellence such as Phantoms help and stimulate development of an interdisciplinary international community of nanoelectronics researchers.

The key aspect of an emerging technology network is interaction, and this was achieved in the following ways:
  • Exchange of information during workshops organised within the network (MEL-ARI/NID and Phantoms)
  • Scientific exchange between partners by short research visits of scientists and students (Phantoms grants)
  • A WEB based source of information related to nanoelectronics
By the provision of the above, a thriving multidisciplinary network of European universities, companies and laboratories worked together to establish access to world-class nanoelectronic applications for all European citizens.

Management Board Members:
  • Jean-Charles Guibert (CEA/LETI - France): 2000-2004
  • Massimo Macucci (Pisa University - Italy): 2000-2004
  • Jean-Noël Patillon (Motorola - France): 2000-2004
  • Juergen Brugger (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Switzerland): 2002-2004
  • Chris Wilkinson (University of Glasgow - UK): 2002-2004
  • Antonio Correia (PHANTOMS Foundation / CMP Cientifica - Spain) - Coordinator: 2000-2004
  • Clivia Sotomayor Torres (UCC-NMRC - Ireland): 2000-2002
  • Laurens Molenkamp (Wuerzburg University - Germany): 2000-2002
  • Ramon Compaño (EU/IST-FET - Belgium) - Project Officer: 2000-2002
  • Patrick Van-Hove (EU/IST-FET - Belgium) - Project Officer: 2003-2004


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References & Contact Details

For any question regarding the IST Phantoms Network of Excellence (2000-2004), please contact:

Dr. Patrick Van-Hove
European Commission / DG Information Society
IST Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
Tel: + / Fax: +

Phantoms Network Contributions in Conferences

  • Invited talk at the "3rd Meeting of the "Nanociencia" Spanish Network, Oviedo, Spain (26-28 November, 2003)
  • Invited talk at the IV Congreso de la Sociedad Venezolana de Fsica, Isla Margarita (24-28 November, 2003)
  • Invited talk at the "Mesa Redonda sobre Nanotecnología", Centro Español de Metrología (CEM), Madrid, Spain (05 November, 2003)
  • Invited talk at the Forum "Nanotechnology and Nanoscience", Universidad Internacional Menéndez pelayo (UIMP), Valencia, Spain (13-17 October, 2003)
  • Oral Contribution at the IST2003 Conference (Networking Session), Milan, Italy (03 October, 2003)
  • Invited talk at NanoTrends, Cologne, Germany (June 30 July 02, 2003)
  • Invited talk at the ICFPAM 7, Bucharest, Romania (10-15 June 2003)
  • Oral contribution at the IWCE-9 Conference, Rome (Italy), presented by Massimo Macucci
  • Invited presentation at the "Nano2003" Conference, Madrid (Spain): March 24-28, 2003
  • Invited presentation at the "Nanotech2003 + Future" Conference, Tokyo (Japan): February 26-28, 2003
  • Invited presentation at the workshop "Initiatives europennes en nanosciences pour construire l'Espace Europen de la Recherche: rseaux d'excellence, projets intgrs, et centres scientifiques": Grenoble (France), December 16, 2002
  • Invited presentation at the "NEXUS Forum", Brussels (Belgium): November 21-22, 2002
  • Invited presentation at the "International Semiconductor Conference" (CAS2002), Sinaia (Romania): October 08-12, 2002
  • Invited presentation at the "Extended panel session on Networks & Research Centers across Europe" (Marcus Evans Nanotechnology workshop), London (UK): June 13-14, 2002.
  • Invited presentation at the 1st "NanoCiencia Network" Workshop, Madrid (Spain): April 25-26, 2002.
  • Oral contribution at the Trends in Nanotechnology Conference (TNT2001), Segovia (Spain): September 03-07, 2001.
  • Invited Talk at the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), San-Sebastian (Spain): May 25, 2001.
Phantoms Network Contributions in Scientific Journals
  • Contribution to be published in a special issue of Nonlinear Optics, Quantum Optics (NATO ARW).
  • Contribution to be published in Applied NanoScience journal.
  • "Phantoms: Nanotechnology Network for Information Processing and Storage", Nanotechnology 12 (2001) 89
  • "Phantoms: Nanotechnology Network for Information Processing and Storage", Phantoms Newsletter 1, (2001) 2.

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