Nanoelec has taken part in 28 European projects since 2012. Eleven are ongoing in 2022.

Photonic Sensors


CEA-Leti and Prophesee, both partners in the Nanoelec consortium, are taking part in the Neoteric project. The Neoteric partners are aiming to develop a reconfigurable photonic circuit to detect cancer cells in a solution (cytometry).

Transceivers (embedded transmitter+receiver)

The EU Masstart project will lead to the production of several Datacom and Telecom demonstrators. It focuses on the development of advanced packaging and test methods for producing very high speed transceivers (800 Gbps and 1.6 Tbps), with reduced form factors (COBO type). CEA-Leti and Almae, partners in the Nanoelec consortium, are contributing to this project. A first generation of circuits was produced using the Silphide Design Kit developed within Nanoelec, and used by the partner Bright Photonics in its Nazca tool.

Neuromorphic computing

The European Prometheus project aims to manufacture a complete neuromorphic
computing chip (set of interferometers using low-consumption BTO-based phase shifters for the synaptic part and pulsed lasers integrated on silicon for the neural part).
The work in 2022 focused on the design of the first circuits and the first prototype BTO phase-shifters and pulsed lasers, targeting start of manufacturing in early 2023.


Nanomechanical materials characterization in industry

NanoMECommons is an H2020 collaborative project focusing on the development of new characterization methodologies tailored to industrial needs in the nanomechanical field. The ESRF is in charge of developing a deformation microscope to be installed on ID01 to complete a suite of instruments which also includes a Raman spectrometer reconditioned with the support of Nanoelec, which will be included in the Nanoelec/PAC-G offering. This tool will support research activities in band-gap design for various microelectronics applications, in particular the study of new materials and substrates for optoelectronic devices.

Addressing key bottlenecks in nanoscience research

NFFA (Europe’s Nano Foundries and Fine Analysis Pilot) is an H2020 collaborative project which prefigures the first distributed research infrastructure within the EU, offering access to high-level instrumentation in the field of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. Within the NFFA consortium, IRT Nanoelec provides access to the ESRF/BM05 synchrotron beamline.

Exploring radiation effects for industry and research

Radnext (for RADiation facility Network for the EXploration of effects for indusTry and research) is an H2020 collaborative project aiming to launch a distributed research infrastructure within the EU devoted to the industrial and university irradiation community. The projet coordinator is Cern in Switzerland. The consortium houses a range of equipment/ installations offering time on different beam families for electronic components. The available beams are : heavy ions, protons, neutrons, lasers, X-rays, electrons, gamma radiation. The collaborations with industry are coordinated by the ESRF, which also heads a Committee of industrial advisers. The Nanoelec/Characterization program teams (ESRF, ILL and Iroc Technologies) are involved and will concentrate on harmonizing the initiative with the operations
to launch the Irradiation competence center.