Transition-metal-oxide-based films and heterostructures are at the core next-generation nanoelectronic, microelectromechanical and macroelectronic devices expected to revolutionize fields of major social relevance as digital information and communication technologies, microactuation/microsensing and energy conversion. Such class of materials is characterized by an unprecedented wealth of functionalities, often being relevant to different fields of application, found in compounds that are extremely similar to each other in terms of chemistry, crystal structure and fundamental mechanisms. The necessity to handle the unprecedented complexity of these materials rescales efforts of solid state scientists to a higher level and poses challenges that no individual Institution or Nations can face.
The approach of the Action is based on the belief that fundamental and technological unsolved issues lie on grounds that are common to all transition metal oxides. The know-how progress should therefore not be addressed independently by separate communities concentrating on understanding single phenomena or exploiting single functionalities, but resorting, in view of the above mentioned similarities, to a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach.
The TO-BE Action will network nationally- and EU-funded researches active on synthesis, analysis, modelling and applications of transition metal oxides within the European Research Area (ERA), allowing to: define targets, strategies and methods; reduce fragmentation; aggregate communities with complementary know-how; attract and train a new generation of researchers; establish a regular know-how transfer with private corporations and other stakeholders; built the future oxide electronics community by fostering the participation of early stage researchers and tackling gender unbalance. The success of the Action will strengthen the innovative capacity of EU industry by making qualitatively new enabling technologies accessible for commercial exploitation.