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Quantum Interference Enhanced Thermoelectricity

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Project "QuIET" data sheet

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Organization address
city: MADRID
postcode: 28049

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙118˙272 €
 EC max contribution 3˙118˙272 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.2.1. (FET Open)
 Code Call H2020-FETOPEN-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-01   to  2021-07-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID ES (MADRID) coordinator 463˙750.00
2    IBM RESEARCH GMBH CH (RUESCHLIKON) participant 448˙062.00
3    UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM UK (DURHAM) participant 442˙597.00
4    UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER UK (LANCASTER) participant 441˙826.00
5    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) participant 441˙803.00
7    UNIVERSITAT BASEL CH (BASEL) participant 440˙073.00


 Project objective

Our vision is to demonstrate that room-temperature quantum interference effects, measured recently in single molecules, can be exploited in massively-parallel arrays of molecules and used to design ultra-thin-film thermoelectric devices with unprecedented ability to convert waste heat to electricity using the Seebeck effect and to cool at the nanoscale via the Peltier effect. Although the dream of high-performance thermoelectric devices has been discussed for many years, evidence of the room-temperature quantum interference effects needed to realise this dream was achieved experimentally only recently. Building on these indirect demonstrations of quantum interference in single molecules using non-scalable set ups, we anticipate that the next breakthrough will be the implementation of QI functionality these intechnologically-relevant platforms. We shall design molecules with built-in quantum interference functionality, which can be used to engineer the properties of ultra-thin molecular films. Molecules will be designed with robust anchors to metallic and carbon-based nano-gap electrodes, which enhance electron transport and eliminate unwanted phonons.This contacting strategy is scalable from a single junction, with the potential to be replicated billions of times on a single substrate. The ability to exploit quantum interference at room temperature will enable new thermoelectric materials and devices with the ability to scavenge energy with unprecedented efficiency.

QuIET is a highly interdisciplinary project that brings together internationally leading scientists from four different countries with proven expertise on synthesis, transport measurements and theoretical modelling.


List of deliverables.
Hot-wire setup Documents, reports 2019-07-24 18:27:31
Selection of molecules Documents, reports 2019-07-24 18:27:31
Project synopsis, logo, posters, flyers Other 2019-07-24 18:27:32
Simulation of electrode and molecular phonons Documents, reports 2019-07-24 18:27:31
Initial molecules Documents, reports 2019-07-24 18:27:32
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2019-07-24 18:27:31
Public QuIET webpage Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-07-24 18:27:31

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of QuIET deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Saman Naghibi, Ali K. Ismael, Andrea Vezzoli, Mohsin K. Al-Khaykanee, Xijia Zheng, Iain M. Grace, Donald Bethell, Simon J. Higgins, Colin J. Lambert, Richard J. Nichols
Synthetic Control of Quantum Interference by Regulating Charge on a Single Atom in Heteroaromatic Molecular Junctions
published pages: 6419-6424, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02319
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10/20 2020-02-05
2019 Marjan Famili, Chuancheng Jia, Xunshan Liu, Peiqi Wang, Iain M. Grace, Jian Guo, Yuan Liu, Ziying Feng, Yiliu Wang, Zipeng Zhao, Silvio Decurtins, Robert Häner, Yu Huang, Shi-Xia Liu, Colin J. Lambert, Xiangfeng Duan
Self-Assembled Molecular-Electronic Films Controlled by Room Temperature Quantum Interference
published pages: 474-484, ISSN: 2451-9294, DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2018.12.008
Chem 5/2 2020-02-05
2019 Jie Bai, Abdalghani Daaoub, Sara Sangtarash, Xiaohui Li, Yongxiang Tang, Qi Zou, Hatef Sadeghi, Shuai Liu, Xiaojuan Huang, Zhibing Tan, Junyang Liu, Yang Yang, Jia Shi, Gábor Mészáros, Wenbo Chen, Colin Lambert, Wenjing Hong
Anti-resonance features of destructive quantum interference in single-molecule thiophene junctions achieved by electrochemical gating
published pages: 364-369, ISSN: 1476-1122, DOI: 10.1038/s41563-018-0265-4
Nature Materials 18/4 2020-02-05
2019 Jian-Hong Tang, Yueqi Li, Qingqing Wu, Zixiao Wang, Songjun Hou, Kun Tang, Yue Sun, Hui Wang, Heng Wang, Cheng Lu, Xiang Wang, Xiaopeng Li, Dong Wang, Jiannian Yao, Colin J. Lambert, Nongjian Tao, Yu-Wu Zhong, Peter J. Stang
Single-molecule level control of host-guest interactions in metallocycle-C60 complexes
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12534-6
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-02-05
2019 Zhibing Tan, Dan Zhang, Han-Rui Tian, Qingqing Wu, Songjun Hou, Jiuchan Pi, Hatef Sadeghi, Zheng Tang, Yang Yang, Junyang Liu, Yuan-Zhi Tan, Zhao-Bin Chen, Jia Shi, Zongyuan Xiao, Colin Lambert, Su-Yuan Xie, Wenjing Hong
Atomically defined angstrom-scale all-carbon junctions
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09793-8
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-02-05
2019 Maria El Abbassi, Sara Sangtarash, Xunshan Liu, Mickael Lucien Perrin, Oliver Braun, Colin Lambert, Herre Sjoerd Jan van der Zant, Shlomo Yitzchaik, Silvio Decurtins, Shi-Xia Liu, Hatef Sadeghi, Michel Calame
Robust graphene-based molecular devices
published pages: 957-961, ISSN: 1748-3387, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0533-8
Nature Nanotechnology 14/10 2020-02-05
2019 Wenjun Xu, Edmund Leary, Songjun Hou, Sara Sangtarash, M. Teresa González, Gabino Rubio-Bollinger, Qingqing Wu, Hatef Sadeghi, Lara Tejerina, Kirsten E. Christensen, Nicolás Agraït, Simon J. Higgins, Colin J. Lambert, Richard J. Nichols, Harry L. Anderson
Unusual Length Dependence of the Conductance in Cumulene Molecular Wires
published pages: 8378-8382, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201901228
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/25 2020-02-05
2019 Ali K. Ismael, Colin J. Lambert
Single-molecule conductance oscillations in alkane rings
published pages: 6578-6581, ISSN: 2050-7534, DOI: 10.1039/c8tc05565c
Journal of Materials Chemistry C 7/22 2020-02-05
2019 Songjun Hou, Qingqing Wu, Hatef Sadeghi, Colin J. Lambert
Thermoelectric properties of oligoglycine molecular wires
published pages: 3567-3573, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c8nr08878k
Nanoscale 11/8 2020-02-05
2019 Nicolò Ferri, Norah Algethami, Andrea Vezzoli, Sara Sangtarash, Maeve McLaughlin, Hatef Sadeghi, Colin J. Lambert, Richard J. Nichols, Simon J. Higgins
Hemilabile Ligands as Mechanosensitive Electrode Contacts for Molecular Electronics
published pages: 16736-16742, ISSN: 0044-8249, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201906400
Angewandte Chemie 131/46 2020-02-05
2019 Markus Gantenbein, Xiaohui Li, Sara Sangtarash, Jie Bai, Gunnar Olsen, Afaf Alqorashi, Wenjing Hong, Colin J. Lambert, Martin R. Bryce
Exploring antiaromaticity in single-molecule junctions formed from biphenylene derivatives
published pages: 20659-20666, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr05375a
Nanoscale 11/43 2020-02-05
2019 Nico Mosso, Hatef Sadeghi, Andrea Gemma, Sara Sangtarash, Ute Drechsler, Colin Lambert, Bernd Gotsmann
Thermal Transport through Single-Molecule Junctions
published pages: 7614-7622, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02089
Nano Letters 19/11 2020-02-05
2019 P. Rakyta, A. Alanazy, A. Kormányos, Z. Tajkov, G. Kukucska, J. Koltai, S. Sangtarash, H. Sadeghi, J. Cserti, C. J. Lambert
Magic Number Theory of Superconducting Proximity Effects and Wigner Delay Times in Graphene-Like Molecules
published pages: 6812-6822, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b11161
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123/11 2020-02-05
2019 L. Herrer, A. Ismael, S. Martín, D. C. Milan, J. L. Serrano, R. J. Nichols, C. Lambert, P. Cea
Single molecule vs . large area design of molecular electronic devices incorporating an efficient 2-aminepyridine double anchoring group
published pages: 15871-15880, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr05662a
Nanoscale 11/34 2020-02-05
2019 Jan Overbeck, Gabriela Borin Barin, Colin Daniels, Mickael L. Perrin, Oliver Braun, Qiang Sun, Rimah Darawish, Marta De Luca, Xiao-Ye Wang, Tim Dumslaff, Akimitsu Narita, Klaus Müllen, Pascal Ruffieux, Vincent Meunier, Roman Fasel, Michel Calame
A Universal Length-Dependent Vibrational Mode in Graphene Nanoribbons
published pages: 13083-13091, ISSN: 1936-0851, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b05817
ACS Nano 13/11 2020-02-05
2019 Lara Ulčakar, Tomaž Rejec, Jure Kokalj, Sara Sangtarash, Hatef Sadeghi, Anton Ramšak, John H. Jefferson, Colin J. Lambert
On the resilience of magic number theory for conductance ratios of aromatic molecules
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39937-1
Scientific Reports 9/1 2020-02-05
2019 Asma Alanazy, Edmund Leary, Takayuki Kobatake, Sara Sangtarash, M. Teresa González, Hua-Wei Jiang, Gabino Rubio Bollinger, Nicolás Agräit, Hatef Sadeghi, Iain Grace, Simon J. Higgins, Harry L. Anderson, Richard J. Nichols, Colin J. Lambert
Cross-conjugation increases the conductance of meta -connected fluorenones
published pages: 13720-13724, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr01235d
Nanoscale 11/29 2020-02-05
2020 Luke J. O\'Driscoll, Xintai Wang, Michael Jay, Andrei S. Batsanov, Hatef Sadeghi, Colin J. Lambert, Benjamin J. Robinson, Martin R. Bryce
Carbazole-Based Tetrapodal Anchor Groups for Gold Surfaces: Synthesis and Conductance Properties
published pages: 882-889, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201911652
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59/2 2020-02-05
2019 Kevin J. Weiland, Almudena Gallego, Marcel Mayor
Beyond Simple Substitution Patterns - Symmetrically Tetrasubstituted [2.2]Paracyclophanes as 3D Functional Materials
published pages: 3073-3085, ISSN: 1434-193X, DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201900061
European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2019/20 2019-10-07
2019 Maria El Abbassi, Patrick Zwick, Alfredo Rates, Davide Stefani, Alessandro Prescimone, Marcel Mayor, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Diana Dulić
Unravelling the conductance path through single-porphyrin junctions
published pages: 8299-8305, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc02497b
Chemical Science 10/36 2019-10-07
2019 Damien Cabosart, Maria El Abbassi, Davide Stefani, Riccardo Frisenda, Michel Calame, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Mickael L. Perrin
A reference-free clustering method for the analysis of molecular break-junction measurements
published pages: 143102, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.5089198
Applied Physics Letters 114/14 2019-10-07
2019 Pascal Gehring, Martijn van der Star, Charalambos Evangeli, Jennifer J. Le Roy, Lapo Bogani, Oleg V. Kolosov, Herre S. J. van der Zant
Efficient heating of single-molecule junctions for thermoelectric studies at cryogenic temperatures
published pages: 73103, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.5118861
Applied Physics Letters 115/7 2019-10-07
2019 Thomas Brandl, Maria El Abbassi, Davide Stefani, Riccardo Frisenda, Gero D. Harzmann, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Marcel Mayor
Enhanced Separation Concept (ESC): Removing the Functional Subunit from the Electrode by Molecular Design
published pages: 5334-5343, ISSN: 1434-193X, DOI: 10.1002/ejoc.201900432
European Journal of Organic Chemistry 2019/31-32 2019-10-07
2019 Pascal Gehring, Jos M. Thijssen, Herre S. J. van der Zant
Single-molecule quantum-transport phenomena in break junctions
published pages: 381-396, ISSN: 2522-5820, DOI: 10.1038/s42254-019-0055-1
Nature Reviews Physics 1/6 2019-10-07
2018 Ross J. Davidson, David C. Milan, Oday A. Al-Owaedi, Ali K. Ismael, Richard J. Nichols, Simon J. Higgins, Colin J. Lambert, Dmitry S. Yufit, Andrew Beeby
Conductance of ‘bare-bones’ tripodal molecular wires
published pages: 23585-23590, ISSN: 2046-2069, DOI: 10.1039/C8RA01257A
RSC Advances 8/42 2019-07-24
2018 Mohsin K. Al-Khaykanee, Ali K. Ismael, Iain Grace, Colin J. Lambert
Oscillating Seebeck coefficients in π-stacked molecular junctions
published pages: 24711-24715, ISSN: 2046-2069, DOI: 10.1039/C8RA04698K
RSC Advances 8/44 2019-07-24
2018 Gilles Yzambart, Laura Rincón-García, Alaa A. Al-Jobory, Ali K. Ismael, Gabino Rubio-Bollinger, Colin J. Lambert, Nicolás Agraït, Martin R. Bryce
Thermoelectric Properties of 2,7-Dipyridylfluorene Derivatives in Single-Molecule Junctions
published pages: , ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b08488
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2019-07-24
2018 Qingqing Wu, Hatef Sadeghi, Colin J. Lambert
MoS 2 nano flakes with self-adaptive contacts for efficient thermoelectric energy harvesting
published pages: 7575-7580, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C8NR01635F
Nanoscale 10/16 2019-07-24
2018 Víctor M. García-Suárez, Amador García-Fuente, Diego J. Carrascal, Enrique Burzurí, Max Koole, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Maria El Abbassi, Michel Calame, Jaime Ferrer
Spin signatures in the electrical response of graphene nanogaps
published pages: 18169-18177, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C8NR06123H
Nanoscale 10/38 2019-07-24

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