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This area targets frontier experimental work, with special emphasis on nanoscale manipulation and fundamental understanding of materials, surfaces, and interfaces, as well as their impact on emerging technologies. Close interactions with theoretical and computational work is always present.


(a) Experimental methods and techniques: bottom-up growth by epitaxial methods (a1); e-beam and other lithographic techniques (a2); direct nanofabrication by electron and ion beams (a3); growth of size selected nanoparticles and magnetron sputtering based methods (a4); electron microscopies (a5) and spectroscopies (a6); scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (a7); atomic force microscopy in different environments and operational modes (a8); optical and vibrational spectroscopies, including ultrafast (a9); synchrotron radiation based techniques (a10); ultra-sensitive magnetometry, low temperature electron paramagnetic resonance (a11).
(b) Phenomena and properties: structural and vibrational properties (b1); electronic and optical properties (b2); transport (b3); friction, wear, wetting (b6); thermoelectrics (b7); nanomagnetism and spintronics (b8); quantum sensing (b9), absorption and desorption (b10).
(c) Systems: soft organic matter, polymers, fibers (c1); biomolecules and biosystems (c2); surfaces and nanoparticles, including functionalization (c3); confined semiconductor materials: quantum wells, wires, dots (c4); Carbon based nanomaterials, incl graphene, nanotubes, nanoribbons, nanoflakes (c5); other low dimensional and van der Waals systems (c6); hybrid organic/inorganic systems (c7); molecular nanomagnets (c8); oxides (c9); hybrid organic/inorganic systems (c10); molecular nanomagnets (c11).
(d) Impact: ICT including quantum state technologies (d1); mechanics and manufacturing (d2); biomedicine (d3); energy storage and conversion: fuel cells, thermoelectrics (d4), energy efficiency: tribology (d5); energy from the sun: photovoltaics, photocatalysis (d6), hydrogen storage (d7).


Some of the main efforts planned for 2017-2019 are listed below:


     1. Hydrogen Storage in Graphene

     2. Frontiers of thermoelectrics in semiconductor quantum wires

     3. New oxide-based materials.

     4. Plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles.

     5. Nanotribology at surfaces.

     6. Quantum electron microscopy and characterization.

     7. Materials and strategies for 4D printing.

     8. Fibers and soft-matter nanotechnology for photonics and energy harvesting.

     9. Ultrafast thermodynamics at the nanoscale.

    10. Hybrid interfaces for molecular spintronics.

    11. Atomically-controlled graphene nanostructures and ribbons.

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