Starting its operation on September 1, 2013 (as an EC-supported FP7-REGPOT-2012-2013-1 project; Project number: 316165), the Crete Center for Quantum Complexity and Nanotechnology (CCQCN) has actively pursued high-caliber theoretical, experimental and computational research in promising areas of Condensed Matter Physics and applications.

The CCQCN is located at the premises of the Physics Department of the University of Crete and its members are professors of the Physics Department of the University of Crete, pursuing research in areas such as:

  • Josephson junctions (theory)

  • Ultrafast phenomena (theory)

  • Magnetics (theory)

  • Quantum metamaterials (theory)

  • Holographic models for strongly correlated electrons

  • Graphene (experiment)

  • Nanoelectronics, flexible semiconductors (experiment)

  • Measurements, atomic physics(experiment)

  • Superconductivity (experiment)

  • Computational condensed matter physics.


CCQCN members and hired senior-experienced researchers (SERs) and experienced researchers (ERs) interact closely with researchers, via twinning links, in 9 leading institutions, namely the:

  • Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen

  • Institute for Solid State Research (IFW), Dresden

  • Cambridge University, incl. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) Cavendish Laboratory and Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics including specialized scientists in the focus areas in other UK institutions

  • Leiden University

  • Laboratory of Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse

  • Institute of Solid State Physics, Technion, Haifa including I-Core collaboration and scientists in Israel

  • Cologne University

  • Physics Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • Laboratoire de Physique Theorique de l’Ecole Normale Superieure (LPT ENS), including scientists of the Paris area.


CCQCN has successfully followed, as planned in the Description of Work (DoW), the procurement of a state-of-the-art high-performance computational facility (HPC) and experimental equipment (to enhance its low temperature and micro-nanoelectronics facilities), thus enabling its large number of hired young experienced researchers to advance collaborative research work in the focus areas. The interaction (twinning) with the leading European institutions and the strong visitors/workshops/conference-organization program of the Center has enabled major advancements in research and have turned CCQCN into a Center of Excellence with long term viability.