Selectively activated INFOrmation technology by hybrid Organic Interfaces

H2020 FET- OPEN project



SINFONIA is an interdisciplinary research project that envisions a technology allowing to store and transport information on the nanometer length scale and at operational frequencies in the THz regime. Such a technology will be realized through an optical manipulation of hybrid molecular/antiferromagnetic interfaces, which will enable a selective activation of information emitters and detectors. Such a selectivity will be ensured by the local nature of the hybridized electronic states that develops at the interface between an antiferromagnet and a molecular system.


The main objective of SINFONIA is to exploit the hybridized states created at the interface between an antiferromagnet and a molecular system to couple an external optical stimulus to the propagation of magnetic perturbations (namely spin waves) in the antiferromagnetic layer. This way, SINFONIA proposes a completely new approach to information technology, based on hybrid organic/ inorganic low-dimensional systems.


SINFONIA brings together interdisciplinary scientific and technology oriented partners in an early-stage research towards the development of a radically new technology. The work plan of the project is organized in 6 Work packages:

  • WP1 Management
  • WP2 Preparation and characterization of hybrid organic/antiferromagnetic interfaces
  • WP3 Optical coupling of hybrid organic/antiferromagnetic nanosystems
  • WP4 Propagation of Spin Waves through low-dimensional hybrid systems
  • WP5 Theoretical development of hybrid organic/antiferromagnetic interfaces
  • WP6 Communication, dissemination and exploitation activities


The SINFONIA ambition is to develop new technology for low power consumption (no electrical currents), high-frequency responses (ensured by antiferromagnetic materials), tunability (ensured by molecular materials), scalability and miniaturization, on account of the intrinsic low-dimensionality of our interface-based approach.

Project timeline

  • April, 1st 2021

    Project start

  • April, 22nd-23rd 2021

    Kickoff meeting

  • March, 1st 2022

    External advisory board Meeting

  • April, 1st 2022

    Second year starts

  • May, 19th 2022

    Review Meeting


SINFONIA consortium is based on the synergy between academic institutions and industrial partners that master experimental and theoretical physics, chemical physics, surface science, molecular nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Politecnico di Milano
Technische Universität Dortmund
Universidad de Valencia
Università degli Studi di Milano
THATec Innovation GmbH
National Centre for Scientific Research



Prof. Alberto Brambilla

Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano
piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano

+39 02 2399 6170

Administrative Research Office

Patrizia Guida

Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano
piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 20133 Milano

+39 02 2399 2487