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Project Identity

Call identifier

Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union — FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES

Funding scheme

Marie Curie Actions — International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

Project title

FAEMCAR — Fundamental and Applied Electromagnetics of Nano-Carbons


November 1, 2012 – October 31, 2016


Owing to very small dimensions of nanostructures in one or more directions, spatial confinement of charge carriers is fully achieved, providing thereby a discrete spectrum of their energy states. In addition, intrinsic spatial inhomogeneity of nanostructures dictates nanoscale inhomogeneity of the surrounding electromagnetic fields. Therefore, understanding the properties of nanostructures requires to deal with the intricate characters of their atomic structure, electronic structure and electromagnetic environment.

Coming within the scope of this new field of "nano-electromagnetics", the present project aims at understanding how and why carbon nanostructures might have interesting electromagnetic properties. The core of the project is the development, the experimental validation and the exploitation of a consistent theory of the electromagnetic response in radio, microwave and THz frequency ranges of regular carbon nano structures and polymer composites based on nanocarbons.

In particular, the project intends:

– to provide a forum for scientists specialized in different areas of the nanocarbon, and nanocarbon materials synthesis and applications;

– to interpret the experimental electromagnetic data collected;

– to define physical grounds and perform experiments for the design of a new generation of ultra-light materials with controlled electromagnetic properties;

– to explore the possibility of using chemically-modified nanocarbons in "thin" bio-medical and nanophotonics applications.

At this aim, seven teams belonging to three different scientific areas will joint efforts. The partners will equally contribute to the achievements of the objective of this multi-disciplinary project by bringing their expertise in condensed-matter physics, electromagnetic theory, and applied electromagnetism. The research efforts, both theoretical and experimental, are articulated around four work packages all involving strong collaborative links and knowledge transfer across the consortium.