POLLOC is an industrially driven research and innovation project with ambitious, but specific and well-defined technical objectives, designed to deliver on the promise of solving the pressing needs of novel unconventional logic elements. The project consortium has been selected to include the entire technology development chain, comprising a high-quality blend of strong industrial and academic organizations satisfying all possible technological requirements and exploitation paths. In this rationale, the POLLOC team is built for success: It consists of three top universities and research centres (ETHZ, Southampton, CNRS), the European research branch of one of the world’s largest technology suppliers (IBM), and a dynamic SME with an excellent industrial and R&D track-record in the development of nanophotonic technologies (AMO). The partners are originating from 4 countries: Germany, France, UK and Switzerland. There is an optimized complementary mixture between industry and academic research, including one large company (IBM), one SME (AMO), one research institute (CNRS) and two academic partners (SOTON, ETHZ). All partners are world-leading in their respective expertise and complement each other very well with a partial overlap in some areas. Expertise in synthesis and theoretical description through models and simulations is provided by ETHZ and CNRS. Design, fabrication and integration of photonic devices is the expertise of IBM and AMO. Device characterization is the expertise of SOTON and IBM. The partial overlap in capabilities and know-how among partners provides some opportunities for cross-fertilization among partners but is also useful to tackle unforeseen problems or circumvent unavailability of equipment at one partner. The combination of partners with expertise in design and fabrication of nanophotonic devices, partners specialized in synthesis and modelling of novel quantum materials, and partners specialized in optical characterisation is ideal to guarantee an optimum approach towards the goals outlined within this proposal.



ETH Zürich

IBM Research

The University of Southampton