Postgraduate Research on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics

An EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network

CAPPA are a partner in the €4M European training network, PROMIS – Postgraduate Research on Dilute Metamorphic Nanostructures and Metamaterials in Semiconductor Photonics, coordinated by Lancaster University, UK. The PROMIS network brings together a carefully-chosen, well-balanced consortium of 8 academic partners, 2 industry partners and 8 associated partners, with European and worldwide reputations as leaders in their fields. The network will train a cohort of 15 early stage researchers in the full range of skills required for a career in photonics, including materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory, and commercialisation.

These skills will be applied in developing advanced photonic materials and devices for four application areas: Information and Communications, Security, Energy and Environment. Each researcher will experience both academic and commercial environments thanks to the strong industrial involvement, resulting in multi-skilled, industry-focused graduates.

  • 18 European partners
  • 10 academic, 8 industry partners
Beneficiaries (Full Partners)
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Lancaster University
Lancaster, UK
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, UK
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK
Tyndall National Institute
Cork, Ireland
Marcoussis, France
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Universidad de Cadiz
Cadiz, Spain
Université de Montpellier
Montpellier, France
Sapienza Università di Roma
Rome, Italy
Philipps Universität Marburg
Marburg, Germany
Madrid, Spain
Partner Organisations
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IQE plc.
e2v Ltd.
GSS Ltd.
U. Madrid Logo NAsP Logo idQuantique Logo CIT_Full_lrg
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
idQuantique SA
Cork Institute of Technology


The research skills which the cohort of young researchers are learning range from theory & design to growth and fabrication, through structural and device characterisation and up to industrial applications. The strong industry involvement in the consortium ensures an application specific, end-user target for the researchers’ training, and gives each network fellow experience of the industry workplace. The core skills in developing cutting edge dilute nitride nanostructured and metamorphic semiconductors can be applied through photonics to enable a wide range of applications, and this will be demonstrated by leveraging the same fundamental skills to enable specific applications in each of the four diverse areas.

Materials for ICT
Single photon sources and detectors
Materials for Security
Mid-infrared and X-ray detection and imaging
Materials for Energy
Concentrator photovoltaic cells
Materials for Environment
Mid-infrared sources for gas sensing


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, grant agreement No 641899.

A Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.


About the Marie Curie Actions

The Marie Skłodowka-Curie Actions are the EU’s funding mechanism for supporting the mobility and career development of researchers across Europe. (In FP7, they were known as the Marie Curie Actions). Named after the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist famed for her work on radioactivity, the Actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Since 1996, they have helped thousands of researchers of all ages, nationalities and disciplines develop their careers and realise their research dreams – no other scheme in the world offers such a wide variety of opportunities to such a broad range of researchers. By doing this, the Marie Skłodowka-Curie Actions also promote the transfer of knowledge and skills across national and sectoral borders, and crucially, advance excellence in research and innovation across Europe.

The Innovative Training Networks are one particular Marie Skłodowka-Curie Action, which supports early stage researchers. Each network consists of a consortium of research partners and industry, with an integrated training programme in a particular topic. The Marie Skłodowka-Curie Actions then fund a number of early stage researcher positions within the network.

For more information on the Marie Skłodowka-Curie Actions, see