The aim of IDEM COST Action is to increase the scientific understanding and technical knowledge of the emerging field of integrating devices and materials for new instrumentation in ICT by exploring and developing the combination of novel nanostructured materials, preparation methods, techniques and devices. The resulting materials and devices are envisioned as an indispensable part of the future ICT equipments and instrumentation.

The main objectives of this COST Action are:

  • O1 European coordination of research of excellence in the emerging field of ICT devices, which are based on novel nanodoped and nanostructured materials.
  • O2 Improvement of the technology transfer to gain competitive advantage for ICT European industry.
  • O3 Establishment of an international reference network of interdisciplinary experts in the field of novel materials for ICT applications.
  • O4 Early integration of young researchers to facilitate their incorporation to the industry as well as their promotion to senior researchers.

How networking within the Action will yield the objectives?

To achieve the previous objectives, different tools will be employed inside the consortium:

  • Working Group Workshops
  • Interdisciplinary Seminars
  • Coordination visits
  • Short-term scientific mission for researchers
  • Early-stage researchers meeting
  • European summer school
  • Industrial interdisciplinary technologies days
  • Handbooks, dissemination and exploitation
  • Patents and their subsequent exploitation


Potential impact of the Action

The benefits of the IDEM COST Action are tightly linked to the main objectives outlined and will rebound in three different lines. The achievement of O1 and O3 objectives will contribute to the establishment of an international expert network in the next research areas.

  • New Liquid Crystalline materials for microwave and nanophotonic applications, sensors and optic communication devices based on nanodoped and nanostructured LC.
  • Sensors and biosensors based on bulk acoustic wave resonators (BAW).
  • New multiferroic materials based on nanoheterostructures.

Young researchers will also benefit from the excellent interdisciplinary education derived from this expert network. The progresses derived from O2 will result in new possibilities for European industry, with the technology transfer from the academic world, in the battle with far East. The ICT industry is one of the European strategic goals from the social and financial points of view for the next decades. Development of novel and efficient communication technologies resulting from integrated research activities made possible with this COST Action will be a main enabler for future-generation electronic devices based on emerging materials. Finally, a very important impact is the creation of a breeding ground of young researchers and engineers that the ICT industry will need (O4) and at the same time offer to new graduates the opportunity for a highly skilled work. Collaboration with European industries shall be a keystone of the Action. An Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) created within the Action will be the interface between the industrial thread and the partners.


Target groups/end users

The identified stakeholders among the ICT characters are very diverse going from Biotechnology companies to electronic components developers through health centres. Different companies have been consulted for the preparation of this COST Action:

  • Bioapter, S.L. (Spanish Biotech company)
  • Suseo, S.L. (Spanish photonic components SME)
  • Visual Display, S.L. (Spanish Display SME)
  • Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Pathogens (UK Health Protection Agency)
  • CaLCTec s.r.l., (Calabria Liquid Crystal Technology, IT)
  • Lasertex (R&D Polish company specialized in advanced laser interferometers)

A number of companies will be invited to participate in the above mentioned Industrial Advisory Board (IAB).
Finally, the entire population is the potential end user of the proposed devices, since the Action is focused to a number of devices, from biosensors to communication components, having an ample range of application.