COMPASS is a project for scientific exchange of researchers between leading academic institutions in Europe and the United States of America, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) in the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union. The scope is to stimulate long-term scientific exchange between different sectors and countries, giving young scientists the opportunity to broaden their horizon in long term stays at host labs, contributing to an interdisciplinary and international education.
COMPASS aims at colloidal nanomaterials and unites key players in Europe and the US to advance this research field and its exploitation in photonics, sensing, energy conversion and medicine. The specific targets of COMPASS are to:
- develop colloidal NCs with desired properties by controlling their size, shape and composition, and to demonstrate routes allowing for large production volumes with nearly identical size and shape;
- develop approaches for nanocrystal self-assembly in ordered superlattices constituting NC solids with novel properties;
- understand the optoelectronic properties of novel NC-based materials by advanced optical and scanning probe spectroscopy methods, and explore pathways for their implementation in light emission, sensing, energy conversion and medicine;
- establish a consolidated network between leading EU and US institutes to provide a stimulating international environment for talented young researchers;
- advance the level of R&D in Europe and the US and foster technology transfer and dissemination;
- raise the awareness of the general public on the prospects of NC materials in future technologies.