The ambition of COSMICS is to develop a modeling platform around molecular spintronics and general concepts for efficient strategies to optimize the magneto-transport properties of materials and devices.

COSMICS is the result of a collaboration between chemists, experimental physicists and theorists from France (CEA/Université de Paris), Denmark (DTU, Synopsis), Germany (University of Kiel) and Spain (University of Valencia).

This project has received funding from the European Union under the “Horizon 2020” research and innovation program.


A European project driven by modelling

Cosmics was born from a collaboration between European experimentalists and theorists, specialists of molecular spintronics. It brings together six teams of physicists and chemists, including a software development company.

The COSMICS project is driven by theoretical and computational modelling. It aims at providing state-of-the-art and user-friendly modelling tools to a broad scientific academic and industrial community. COSMICS’ ambition is to develop a modelling platform around molecular spintronics and general concepts for efficient strategies to allowing to optimize the magneto-transport properties of materials and devices.

An interdiscipinary approach

The project is based on an interdisciplinary collaboration that involves expertise from theory-modelling groups, a software company, as well as experimental physicists and chemists. The approach will be to set up the basis for new spin-based nano-devices paradigms and materials with robust and enhanced properties that will fuel new ideas in the field of molecular spintronics.

Concepts and Tools in Molecular Spintronics

The novelty of the project is to combine and develop the most up to date modelling tools with cutting-edge well-controlled and calibrated experimental methods in order to unravel the fundamental mechanisms governing the magneto-transport properties in molecular spintronic systems. The modelling tools developed will further be integrated as a molecular spintronic toolkit into a user-friendly software proposed by a fast growing software company specialized in developing digital applications for the atomistic simulations of materials for technology development.

Have you ever heard about electron spin and its role in magnetism?
How can we use magnetic molecules and play with their spins?
How can we integrate magnetic molecules into electronic components?
How can quantum modeling help us understand existing materials and design new ones?

Find the answers in the video :

Project members : Cyrille Barreteau, coordinator – Service de physique de l’État condensé (CEA), Amandine Bellec – Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques (Université de Paris), Mads Brandbyge – DTU Physics, Troels Markussen – Synopsys Denmark, Eugenio Coronado & José Antonio Real – The Institute of Molecular Science (University of  Valencia), Richard Berndt & Manuel Gruber – STM Group (University of Kiel).


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