The researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science (ICMol) of the University of Valencia José J. Baldoví, leader of the 2D Smart Materials Lab, has been appointed as one of the two representatives of Spain in the management committee of the COST action "Superconducting Nanodevices and Quantum Materials for Coherent Manipulation" (SUPERQUMAP), which brings together centres from 29 countries. Baldoví has been selected by the European Office of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

COST actions aim to create and strengthen scientific and technical collaboration networks in Europe by funding scientific meetings, conferences, dissemination activities and short-term research stays, among other activities. Among its functions is to supervise and coordinate the implementation of the action, which will run until October 2026.

The COST Action Management Committees are composed of two full members from each country. These committees decide on the Work Plan and define the Working Groups. The appointment of the members of the management committee from among the researchers participating in the action takes into account factors such as professional experience appropriate to the action and complementarity between the two representatives of the group proposed for membership of this committee, as well as their belonging to different centres and cities and their experience in this type of international meetings with researchers from different countries.

Specifically, SUPERQUMAP connects researchers from 29 EU countries and their Horizon Europe partners to advance the development of new quantum materials that improve the stability and coherence of superconducting devices.

The action is structured in three main blocks, which are (1) the synthesis and characterisation of quantum materials with new topological properties, (2) the fabrication of sensors and devices that exploit new superconducting functionalities, and (3) the generation and coherent manipulation of superconducting states that can create new opportunities in superconductor-based quantum electronics.

Through an open and inclusive approach, the action brings together expertise and capabilities from across the continent in order to achieve disruptive goals in the field of superconductivity, pursuing the development of new quantum solutions for computing, including sectors such as health and energy.

ICMol's 2D Smart Materials group will contribute to the COST action through its experience in the design of two-dimensional materials and the modelling of their properties through first-principles calculations. To this end, new multifunctional materials based on hybrid heterostructures that combine magnetism and superconductivity at the nanometric scale will be studied from a structural, electronic, magnetic and vibrational point of view.