Work plan

The work plan is divided in 14 Work Packages of which ten are scientific and technical work (WP1 to WP10) and 4 are exploitation / application activities (WP11 & WP12) and management / coordination activities (WP13 & WP14).

Quantiheat work plan


Detail of main tasks carried out in work packages: 

  • WP1 (leader THALES) and WP2 (leader NPL): common requirements for the end users of the design rules for heat transfer management in nanomaterials and of the metrology tools to be developed will be provided. Requirements for the design of the SThM experiments and common nanoscale thermal terminology will be also defined. This work will be used as guidance all along the project duration: it will give targets to reach and provide an efficient way of controlling the progress of the project.

  • WP3 (leader VTT): On the basis of the recommendations of WP1 and WP2, passive micro and nanoscale test and reference samples will be designed, fabricated and characterized.

  • WP4 (leader CONPART): this WP is responsible for development of “real” nano-processes and nano-materials relevant for industrial applications, to investigate the relevance of SThM to resolve critical aspects related to manufacturing processes. Application fields include:
    • Nanoimprint lithography
    • Atomic layer deposition
    • Conductive microparticles

  • WP5 (leader CNRS): the simulations of the thermal behaviors of micro and nanomaterials and the modeling tools developed in WP5 will be applied to samples manufactured in SP2. Coupled with the probe-sample modeling (WP6), WP5 aims at reproducing the experimental data and understanding the observed thermal behaviors.

  • WP6 (leader CMI): this WP will revise presently-used numerical models for SThM tip-sample heat transfer and will establish new ones bridging gaps between different scales and heat transfer mechanisms.
  • WP7 (leader FEMTO-ST): the main objective of this WP will be to develop temperature reference devices and heater devices for the calibration of the SThM tip temperature and the analysis of the influence of parasitic heat paths during SThM operation.

  • WP8 (leader GU):  Some new and evolved SThM probes optimized for routine quantitative thermal characterization at the nanoscale and some new modes and equipment combining SThM with other microscopy techniques (electronic and photothermal  microscopy methods) will be developed in this WP.

  • WP9 (leader LNE) and WP10 (leader ULANC): in these 2 WPs, SThM analysis of the new samples (developed in WP3 and WP4) will be performed under different experimental conditions (probe temperature, surrounding gas and pressure, force, probe/sample spacing).  Depending on the results of these exercises, proposals will be made concerning: improvements to the samples and the protocols, the suitability of the selected samples as “reference samples” for calibration of SThM, and which of the developed calibration protocols should be adopted for standardization.

  • WP11 (leader KNT): During the course of the work packages detailed above, the most useful and reliable of the techniques and systems will be identified for demonstration. WP11 will be a phase of demonstration, measuring and evaluating samples from consortium end-users activities, but also samples from external organizations.

  • WP12 (leader CNRS): this WP will aim to achieve maximum impact of the project by disseminating information and results of the project within the partners and outside the project (conferences, workshops, publications, E-Newsletters, etc.) and initiating exploitation transfer plans.

  • WP13-14 (leader CNRS): in these WPs, the scientific coordinator and the project manager will ensure a good coordination of the project and the achievement of the project objectives on time, to cost and at a high scientific quality level.