As the main objective of COST NanoSpectroscopy, a multi-site, multidisciplinary European training and collaboration network will be established, which will cohesively combine aspects generally addressed as separate topics in the field of nanospectroscopy: improving spectroscopic techniques and instrumentation towards (ultra-)high resolution and sensitivity as well as user-friendly (turn-key) techniques, engineering molecular structures or nanoparticles, applying them for gaining basic knowledge on light-matter-interaction and for improving optical applications/devices, and theoretical modelling. The main objective is to make nanospectroscopy available to a broader range of topics, materials, and end users. As scientific objectives, organic layers and molecules with novel properties will be created by molecular engineering, and novel hybrid nanosystems (organic-inorganic, semiconducting-metallic, metallic-metallic) will be fabricated using nanotechnology. These nanosystems will be spectroscopically investigated. A particular focus will be on analyzing energy and charge flow and light harvesting at the nanoscale, to improve materials for applications e.g. in photovoltaics or sensing/medical diagnostics.
Outreach activities will make the new developments accessible to a wider audience. The COST Action will serve as a nucleus for developing joint proposals, from bilateral collaborations to European projects.
Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be trained in joint research projects, Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs), hands-on training, and training schools organized by ESRs for ESRs. Stronger links between industry and academia are expected to trigger joint instrumentation development. A list of current open issues in nanospectroscopic instrumentation and data analysis development will be drafted in communication with industry and disseminated via the Action's public website. Each year, one joint COST NanoSpectroscopy workshop will be organized. The objectives of these activities are synergies from interdisciplinary work between Experts from different areas. Well-trained ESRs will be able to identify the next generation of scientific topics. A coherent textbook on nanospectroscopy will be written and published by the Participants. The COST framework is ideally suited to reach the above objectives, since it enables reducing fragmentation in the field of nanospectroscopy and connecting groups using different techniques with groups working on different model systems in a concerted Action. It constitutes a logical extension of the applicants' existing informal network to the European level.