The goal of Quantimony (Innovative Training Network in Quantum Semiconductor Technologies exploiting Antimony) is to provide high level training to 14 early stage researchers (ESRs) in the overarching field of semiconductors science and technology covering all scientific and engineering aspects from material growth through to industrial exploitation.
Defence, security and space stakeholders have historically driven the development of III-Sb technologies. Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) supply this market with products such as ultrahigh-frequency transistors and high-performance infrared and thermal detectors in small quantities, and with the associated large production costs. Quantimony aims to remove these constraints to unveil the full potential of III-Sb for society. We will achieve this using a three-fold approach of 1) focusing on emerging applications of III-Sb with huge societal and/or commercial gains, 2) combining the most advanced scientific methods to accelerate their development, 3) involving, from the beginning, the industrial agents which can monitor, upscale and exploit this knowledge. Through every step, a cohort of ESRs will acquire highly-demanded skills that will be directly transferable to the ever-growing and continuously-evolving semiconductor industry, and to research and development organizations pioneering future generations of semiconductor technology.
Grant agreement ID: 956548
Status: Ongoing project
Start date: 1 December 2020
End date: 30 November 2024
Funder under: H2020-EU.1.3.1
Overall budget: € 3 769 297,92
EU contribution: € 3 769 297,92
Coordinated by: Agencia Estatal de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
Funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks programme (MSCA-ITN), the Quantimony project will provide PhD-level training to 14 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in the field of III-Sb semiconductor science and technology. ESRs will be trained in and exposed to a variety of scientific disciplines, including solid state physics and technology, semiconductor growth and device processing, material and device characterization, electronic band structure theory, numerical device simulation, and industrial up-scability aspects, with the aim of providing them with the necessary scientific skills and tools to perform scientific and engineering work in this diverse and interdisciplinary domain.
Quantimony is configured as a multi-site network comprising eleven internationally-renowned research teams as beneficiaries: seven universities, one research institute, two large corporations and one SME. It is enhanced by fourteen partner organizations, seven of which are industrial partners, three are large scale research facilities and four are internationally-leading academic groups. The combined consortium spans eleven countries: eight European, plus USA, Taiwan and Brazil.
Via Quantimony, the beneficiaries and partner organisations will cooperate to prepare a new cohort of researchers to jointly instigate the transition of III-Sb materials from their current status of high-performance, high-cost niche application towards scalable and industrially relevant technologies.
Quantum Semiconductor Technologies exploiting Antimony are set to play a key role worldwide in the 21st century. Semiconductor science and technology is a cross-sector multidisciplinary knowledge domain highly relevant to many economic areas such as computing and storage, telecom, automotive, robotics, energy, environmental, healthcare, aerospace, defence and security. Prognoses and demand evolution of these markets, show a dramatic increase in the significance of compound semiconductors in general, and III-Sb in particular. In both emerging and established applications, making qualified staff is an urgent precondition for the effectiveness of associated research and production.