The PHENOMEN Consortium is made up by:

  • 3 leading research institutes
  • 3 universities with an internationally recognised track-record in their respective areas of expertise
  • 1 industrial partner bringing to the project their photonics, phononics, optomechanics, electrical engineering, integration, nanofabrication, theory, multi-physics/multi-scale modelling, instrumentation and application of detectors.

The basic know-how of the present project was partly defined during the FET Open project TAILPHOX. The collaboration dynamics among the groups from UPVLC, ICN2 and USTL present in this proposal resulted in excellent design and experimental verification of the basic structures upon which this project is conceived. The rest of partners of the project have an excellent collaboration track record with consortium members.

The partners of PHENOMEN are:

Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2)

Project Coordinator

ICN2 is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. They cover new material properties resulting from their aggregation at the nanometric scale; the development of methods for nanofabrication, growth, analysis, characterisation and manipulation of aggregates and structures of nanometric dimension for nanoelectronics, spintronics, nanophotonics and nanophononics. ICN2 was awarded the coveted label of Excelencia Severo Ochoa by the Spanish Government, acknowledging its research excellence, and is a founding member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). The institute is the home of several ERC award holders and has an active technology transfer department.

Team members:

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)

CNR – NANO (sede Pisa) is integrated in the National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST), which is experimental center for solid state physics in Pisa. The facilities/personnel/infrastructures are shared with Scuola Normale Superiore and IIT, leading to a rich and stimulating environment in which outstanding research can be carried on. NEST field of expertise ranges from charge transport in various systems, from semiconductors (S. Roddaro, S. Heun), in particular nanowires, grown with the on-site CBE facilities (L. Sorba) to superconductors (F. Giazotto) to novel materials such as graphene (V. Pellegrini). An activity on surface acoustic waves (V. Piazza) offers a great experience on high-frequency electric signals. A theoretical division (QTI – R. Fazio and V. Giovannetti) studies quantum information in solid state physics and has recently started to develop an interest for quantum optomechanical systems.

Team members:

VTT Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus (VTT)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the largest multitechnological applied research organisation in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. VTT Micronova building houses moust of VTT micro and nanoelectronics research. Micronova Cleanrooms are defined as a National Research Infrastructure by the Ministry of Education, maintained by VTT and Helsinki University of Technology.

Team members

  • Prof. Dr. Jouni Ahopelto’s (Researchgate)
  • Dr Mika Prunnila
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPVLC)

The Nanophotonics Technology Centre (NTC) at the Universitat Politècnica de València is a Silicon nanophotonics facility in Spain, which has been created as a hub for scientific research, technological development and innovation in the field of advanced optical technologies and photonic systems for telecommunications, sensing and processing. Its mission is to generate new knowledge in silicon nanophotonics as well as to properly bridge the science-to-industry gap by offering fabrication services through its unique infrastructures in Spain. The NTC has also state-of-the-art facilities and knowledge on photonic packaging and integration.

Team members:

  • Dr Alejandro Martínez (personal webpage)
  • Dr Amadeu Griol
  • Dr Todora Angelova
  • Alba Espinosa Soria
  • Dr Borja Vidal
Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM)

The Università Politecnica delle Marche is located in Ancona, Italy. All the participants to the project are working with the “Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione” (DII).

Team members:

  • Luca Pierantoni (Google Scholar)
  • Davide Mencarelli (Google Scholar)
  • Dr Marco Farina
  • Dr Andrea Di Donato
  • Dr Antonio Morini
  • Dr Giuseppe Venanzoni
Université des Sciences et Technologie de Lille (USTL)

The “Institut d’Electronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechnologie at Université des Sciences et Technologie de Lille (USTL)” has a total staff of over 500 persons, half of them being permanent. The research activity covers a broad area from the physics of materials and nanosciences to instrumentation with five major interconnected topics: Materials and nanostructures, Micro-technology and Microsystems, Micro-nano and opto-electronics, Telecommunications, Acoustics. The research area includes long, medium and short term researches as well as industrial collaborations. The institute is in possession of several facilities for design, fabrication and characterization of micro and nanostructures (in particular 1600m2 of clean-room).

Team members:


MENAPIC is a leader in ultra-thin coatings analysis. Ultra-thin coatings are used to bring added-value in standard products for several industries such as ophthalmic glass, aerospace, mobile communications, luxury or photovoltaics. We believe that “a good product is a well assembled product”, which assembly is dictated by the adhesion between the coatings and substrates. MENAPIC provides equipment that enables non-contact analysis of coatings’ adhesion with superior repeatability. MENAPIC works with research institutes, SME and Tier-1 in semiconductor, glass, photovoltaics, aerospace industries. MENAPiC partners come to diminish their design cycles for innovative products and/or to have a repeatable analysis for quality control, driving down the time to market and costs improvements in manufacturing of thin film based products. A customer-oriented service has been set up at the beginning of 2014 to implement a recurring use of MENAPiC technology.

Team members:

  • Dr Arnaud Devos
  • Dr Patrick Emery