The collaboration of some partners began with a CNRS-supported network dealing with micro and nanoscale heat transfer. Measurement by Scanning Thermal Microscopy (SThM) was one of its targets and a think tank was constituted at the French level in 2007 on this topic. This subsequently became part of a larger-scale CNRS-supported network ‘Thermal nanoscience and nanoengineering’ in which there was an Advanced Metrologies group with 8 European partners. This group wanted to widen its participation to the European level, and was willing to extend more opportunities for the exchange of scientific ideas as well as metrology expertise and disseminating the results to the European industry (SMEs and large companies).
The QUANTIHEAT project was born in this context, bringing together 20 partners (7 EU countries, Norway and Switzerland) with complementary technical skills and scientific expertise required for the successful execution of the project. The project started in December 2013 and will end in November 2017.
For further details to go: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/111004/factsheet/en