TOCHA project consortium map

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (COORDINATOR)


The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), carries out research into the behaviour of materials at nanoscale. The institute creates basic knowledge and develops devices in a wide range of fields, from life sciences (medicine, health and the environment) to energy and information and communications technologies. This cutting-edge research has enormous potential to change everyday life.The trustees of the ICN2 include the Generalitat of Catalunya, the Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) and the Universitat Autònoma de  Barcelona (UAB). The institute was recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence for the development of the “Nanodevices for social challenges” programme (2014-2018) and has been recognised for a new four year period.

Three ICN2 research units participate in TOCHA:

University of Würzburg


The Institute of Physics of the University of Würzburg, Germany, is a large education and research facility (ca. 200 scientists, 500 students), which has a focused effort concerning solid state physics. More than 10 MBE reactors for a variety of materials, a large  nanostructure laboratory including clean room facilities, and well equipped processing lines (e-beam, focused ion beam) are available. This is supplemented by various groups working on the physics of semiconductor surfaces, transport physics, and the development of optoelectronic devices etc. The department of Prof. Molenkamp (ca 80 researchers is concentrating on quantum transport phenomena, magnetoelectronics and spintronics, and the properties of magnetic semiconductors. These activities are supplemented by MBE facilities for the growth of magnetic III-V and II-VI materials, including a variety of relevant characterisation techniques for optical, structural and electrical investigations.

University of Copenhagen


The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. Ranked as the best university in the Nordic region, the university also ranks highly outside Scandinavia and was ranked 6th in Europe and 30th in the world by the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities – Shanghai. UCPH participates actively in European funding programs and to date participates in 300 Horizon 2020 projects, including 31 ERC grants.

The Niels Bohr Institute (NBI) is the institute for the physical sciences at UCPH. NBI hosts strong research groups within quantum science and technology including quantum optics and quantum electronics. Within the consortium NBI will contribute with expertise within experimental solid-state quantum photonics and theoretical quantum optics and quantum information.

CEA – Spintec


Positioned at the crossroad of science and technology, SPINTEC is one of the leading research laboratories in spintronics worldwide. It is a joint laboratory between three institutions: University Grenoble Alpes; CEA (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission); CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research). From basic science to the proof of concepts and technology transfer, the mission of SPINTEC is widespread from doing fundamental research in spintronics to bridging between new concepts and innovation in companies, some staff participating in both upstream and innovation programs. To achieve this, the laboratory is mainly organized as three sub-divisions: the concept group investigate the frontiers of fundamental knowledge, with the close support of the theory group, and then the device group builds and tests some functional magnetic devices in integrated circuits, with innovation in mind.

Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (C2N-CNRS)


The C2N of the CNRS is one of the major technology platforms in France, and has a recognized expertise in the growth and processing of III-V materials, particularly for semiconductor microcavities. The Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (C2N) was launched as a joint decision of the CNRS and the Université Paris-Sud to merge and gather on the same campus the Laboratory for Photonics and Nanostructures (LPN) and the Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale (IEF). The center develops in the fields of material science, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnologies and microsystems, as well as in nanotechnologies. In all these fields, its research activities cover all the range from fundamental to applied science. Its strong research activity in instrumentation establishes C2N as a key international state-of-the-art player in the development of new advanced tools for nanotechnologies. With these tools, nano-objects are processed, analyzed and measured with an ultimate control and spatio-temporal resolutions. These tools are at the same time developed and launched on the market in partnership with leading manufacturers in the field.

This ultimate control of nanostructures marks the C2N/CNRS as a key player to address new topological functionalities and combine different platforms including optics, phononics and electronics.

Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies


The Institute of Optical Materials and Technologies (IOMT) “Academician Jordan Malinovski” at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is established on July 1, 2010 by merging two research units: The Central Laboratory of Photo-processes and The Central Laboratory of Optical Recording and Processing of Information. With about 70 staff members the main research areas of the institute are: fabrication of nanomaterials, thin films and hybrid structures for optical, optoelectronic and photonics applications, investigation of photo-induced processes in micro- and nano-sized layers and structures to develop high-technology novel functional materials and methods for applications in opto-electronics (including flexible and  transparent devices), sensing, biomedicine, non-destructive testing, ecology and cultural heritage protection; training of highly qualified graduates and postgraduates; carrying out interdisciplinary research and joint projects with experts from other research units; implementation of the scientific product through innovation and knowledge transfer to the industry. For the proposal research tasks IOMT could provide expertise and facilities for preparation of various nanomaterials in ultra thin form up to monolayers and their uniformity, thickness, surface quality, structural and optical characterization.



PTB is the National Metrology Institute (NMI) of Germany with scientific and technical service tasks. It realizes and maintains the legal units in compliance with the International System of Units (SI) and disseminates them, meeting the requirements for calibration and testing laboratories as defined in EN ISO/IEC 17025. PTB’s mandate is to ensure a continuously functioning and a reliable and progressive metrological infrastructure which meets both the highest requirements of science and high-tech industry as well as the marginal conditions of legal metrology in everyday life. With about 1900 staff members, PTB works at world class level to make measurements increasingly more precise and reliable and to support the German economy through its research and development. 70 percent of PTB’s tasks are related to research work. Other major tasks include the provision of calibration and measurement services for industry and environmental protection, global cooperation to ensure the uniformity of measurements world-wide, and promoting developing and newly industrialized countries projects for the establishment of a quality infrastructure. As one of the leading metrology institutes world-wide, PTB is highly engaged in fundamental experiments building the basis for the envisaged revision of the SI in 2019.



VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company established by law and operating under the ownership steering of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is an RTO whose activities are focused on three areas: Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and environment. VTT is impact-driven and takes advantage from its wide multi-technological knowledge base to strengthen Finnish and European industrial competitiveness. VTT can combine different technologies, produce information, upgrade technology knowledge, and create business intelligence and value added for its stakeholders. VTT has a staff of 2128, net turnover in 2016 was 162,6M€ and other operational incomes were 86,4M€. Over the years, VTT has gained vast experience from participation and coordination of numerous European projects including R&D Framework Programme projects and other thematic frameworks and programmes. VTT is ranked among the leading European RTOs.

Simune Atomistics


Simune Atomistics S.L. (SIMUNE) is an SME that was created to capitalize the experience and know-how of a group of scientists, international experts in computational simulations of materials ( SIMUNE has been launched as a spin-off from CIC nanoGUNE (, Research Center in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, located in Donostia – San Sebastian (Basque Country, Spain) as part of its strategy to transfer knowledge to industry and to boost the launch of technological spin-offs. SIMUNE’s business is based in offering simulations and customized services in the field of atomic scale simulations, including (but not limited to) ab-initio methods. SIMUNE makes not only use of existing codes developed by its Board of Experts, such as SIESTA ( and ANT, widely used by the academia and other international organizations, but also has the required knowledge of other existing platforms and methods to address other specific materials-related problems.