Q-SORT project, the electron microscopy revolution begins
The European project Q-SORT-The Quantum Sorter: A New Measurement Paradigm in Electron Microscopy marks the beginning of a new era in electron microscopy. The project introduces a revolutionary concept: the transmission electron microscope - TEM becomes a real Quantum Sorter, a device that is able to pick out and display detailed information about electron quantum states. This process will provide researchers with previously unavailable information about the sample being examined.
Funded with 3 million euro by the European Commission under the competitive Future and Emerging Technologies programme (FET), the Q-SORT project is coordinated by the Institute of Nanoscience of CNR – CNR-NANO and will run for 42 months. The project is of strategic importance since it will have applications in the fields of physics, biology and biochemistry and a wide-ranging impact, thanks to the diffusion of TEM and STEM microscopes in many disciplines.
A distinctive feature of the Q-SORT project is its intrinsic interdisciplinary nature, which involves a multi-year collaboration between physicists and biologists. For this reason the project has significant potential for industrial applications for future TEM/STEM machines and the consortium of partners includes FEI - Thermo Fisher Scientific, a world leader in this field.
The Scientific Coordinator and Principal Investigator of the Q-SORT project is Vincenzo Grillo, a researcher at CNR-NANO. The partners of the Q-SORT project are: Jülich Research Centre (Germany), FEI - Thermo Fisher Scientific (the Netherlands), Max Planck Institute (Germany), University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), QED Film & Stage Productions Ltd. (United Kingdom), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), and Maastricht University (the Netherlands).
The Q-SORT was presented to the public on 2 October 2017 in Modena at Palazzo dei Musei with an event organized by CNR-NANO and in collaboration with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.