MEM-Q is a Greek-Russian bilateral joint research project focusing on the development of quantum nanoelectronic devices for quantum computing and neuromorphic applications. The aim of the proposal is twofold. First is to bring together research teams from both countries with complementary and high-level expertise in the area of quantum nanoelectronics. Second is to develop novel and reliable memristor devices (the new electronic element discovered in our century) to realize information storage and logic elements suitable for high-density memories and unconventional computing paradigms like quantum and neuromorphic computing.

The project gathers six organisations from two different countries. The members of MEM-Q are presented in details below:


National Centre for Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS"

Lab of Nanotechnology and Microsystems

Demokritos The National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” (NCSR “Demokritos”) is the largest multidisciplinary research center in Greece, with critical mass in expertise and infrastructure in the fields of Nanotechnology, Energy & Environment, Biosciences, Particle and Nuclear Science, Informatics and Telecommunications. The Center was inaugurated in 1961 as a state-owned entity under the name Nuclear Research Center “Demokritos”, following the coming into operation of the nuclear reactor research facility. The development of the nuclear reactor introduced a cutting-edge technology to Greece, signifying a major turning point in the development of large-scale research infrastructures and the first step towards the establishment of a national Research and Technology policy. In 1985, it has been renamed as National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos” and became an autonomous Legal Entity of Public Law supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT), while preserving its administrative and financial independence. The NCSR “Demokritos” conducts world-class basic and applied research, for advancing scientific knowledge and promoting technological development in selected areas of national socio-economic interest. The Center also plays a pivotal role in graduate education and professional training and its unique infrastructure is employed for high-technology services to the Industry and the Society. The NCSR “Demokritos” has contributed significantly and in many ways to:

  •  The advancement and world-wide recognition of the Hellenic research activity
  •  The development, diffusion and transfer of high quality know-how to public and private sectors
  •  The reversal of high-caliber scientific brain drain
  •  The provision of highly qualified research personnel to the Greek academic community as well as to the Greek Industry
Research activities are currently coordinated by five (5) Research Institutes:
  •  Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications
  •  Institute of Biosciences & Applications
  •  Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety
  •  Institute of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
  •  Institute of Nuclear & Particle Physics

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lab of Electronics

DUTH Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) was established in July 1973 by Legislative Decree No. 87 of 27 July 1973, and started operating during the academic year 1974-1975. It was named "Democritus" in honor of the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who hailed from the town of Abdera in Thrace. The administration of DUTH is headquartered in Komotini, which is the capital city of the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The University is currently operating eight Faculties and nineteen Schools in four cities of Thrace - eight in Komotini, five in Xanthi, four in Alexandroupolis and two in Orestiada. Overall, more than 15,000 students are studying at DUTH at undergraduate and post-graduate level. The University plays an important role in strengthening the national and cultural identity of the region of Thrace, and contributes to the high level of education in Greece. Relying on the quality of teaching and research level, DUTH has secured a place among the best Greek Universities. As a Higher Education Institution, DUTH is a Public Entity with complete autonomy that is supervised and funded by the State through the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. DUTH has participated/ is currently participating in several EU-funded programmes, such as FP7 actions: (27; of which 4 are MSCA), H2020 actions: (10; one of which is a MSCA and another two are in the Grant Preparation Phase), JUST Action Grants: (2), Life actions: (1), Erasmus+ actions: (2), Jean Monnet Chair (1) etc. Furthermore, the University is participating in several bilateral and multilateral cooperational programmes such as Transnational Cooperation Programmes “MED”,"Black Sea","Balkan –Mediterranean" and cross-border European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece-Bulgaria” etc., as well as national ones".

University of Patras (UoP)

Department of Physics

UoP The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the Academic year of 1966-67, this contributed vastly to the decentralization of Academic Education in Greece. In June 2013 the University of West Greece was incorporated in the University of Patras. The University is a two-city campus, situated both in Patras and Agrinion. The campus in Patras is located 12 km East of the city of Patras, in the suburb Rion, covering a vast area of 2.656 acres. The campus is a self-contained campus located at the foot of Mount Panachaico with a view over the Gulf of Corinth and the mountains of Central Greece across the water. The University of Patras is the third largest University in Greece regarding the size of student potential, the Faculty Members, Administrative Personnel, number of departments, and accredited student titles. The University of Patras includes 24 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 fully equipped clinics. The University of Patras has 28,727 Undergraduate and 3,959 Postgraduate students, a total of 727 faculty members, 146 Teaching and Technical staff and 457 Administrative Personnel. (data of September 2013) Besides its distinguished path in education, the University of Patras has excelled in the fields of Basic and Applied Research. The University of Patras has acquired international prominence for pioneering wide ranging Research in areas such as Environment, Health, Biotechnology, Mechanics, Electronics, Informatics and Basic Science. A number of the Departments, Laboratories and Clinics have been designated as Centres of Excellence, on the basis of International Assessment. The University of Patras has a reputation for quality and innovative research and presents an effective participation in a plethora of Research Projects, Scientific Organizations, and Research Groups.

Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH)

Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT)

FORTH The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT) was established and began operating at Rio-Patras in 1984 as an independent academic institute. In 1987 ICE-HT was incorporated into the structure of the Foundation of Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH). This comprises of a network of six institutes that report directly to the General Secretariat of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The new identity which ICE-HT assumed by its incorporation into FORTH, gave rise to higher operational flexibility and further expansion within the framework of its original aims. In addition to fundamental research, the Institute currently conducts applied and technological research in a great variety of fields and provides specialized services to industry.

Russian Federation

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN)

Memristor Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) consists of 5 institutes – Institute of International Relations and World History (IIRWH), Institute of Economics and Entrepreneurship (IEE), Institute of Biology and Biomedicine, Institute for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies and Institute of Military Training – as well as 14 faculties – those of Chemistry, Radio physics, Physics, Mechanics and Mathematics, Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Philology, Law, Social Sciences, Physical Education and Sports, Preparatory Faculty, Faculty for International Students, Faculty for Regional Personnel Training, Minor Academy of Public Administration and Advanced School of General and Applied Physics.

Kurchatov Institute (KI)

Memristor NRC «Kurchatov Institute» has congregated the research capacities, technological potential and human resources essential for the advancement in new branches of science and technology. The development and implementation of leading-edge technologies based on unique research and mega-facilities and complexes are the top priorities of NRC «Kurchatov Institute». Since its foundation, Kurchatov Institute has been pursuing a full cycle oriented interdisciplinary approach – from fundamental research to ready for use technologies.