To investigate and characterize transport properties and slow dynamics in complex phases of ultrasoft particles in quantum and classical matter, including cluster crystals, cluster glasses and gels. To establish rules for controlling the transport properties through tuning the softness of the interactions. To establish common theoretical frameworks, formalisms and tools for data analysis of the slow relaxations of quantum and classical ultrasoft particles.
To expand understanding of self-assembling and clustering properties of ultrasoft particles in quantum and classical matter. To establish rules for controlling the formation of complex phases (cluster crystals, cluster glasses, anisotropic clusters, percolating networks) by tuning the softness and anisotropy of the interactions. To investigate the effect of dimensionality and (commensurate/incommensurate) confinement on the phase behaviour.
To understand quantum and classical phases of ultrasoft particles in driven and open systems. To investigate how driving the system out of equilibrium leads to the emergence of new phases and material properties. To characterize and understand the emergence of spatial and temporal correlations under driving. To control and reduce decoherence in ultrasoft quantum systems. To explore the responses to external stimuli and develop experimental toolboxes to probe them. To provide guidelines for designing systems/processes by linking materials properties with structural and dynamic features.
Training of the Doctoral Researchers through research, schools, workshops and conferences.
Dissemination of QLUSTER research through top-quality peer-reviewed publications, scientific workshops and conferences. Communication of QLUSTER activities to school students, undergraduates and the general public through media, social networks and public engagement activities.
Administrative tasks and financial management. Communication and Reporting to EU. Data management.