Meet the DYNAMITE team

The Dynamite consortium consists of six partners from five EU member states. This project crosses disciplinary boundaries and spans multiple physics subfields. In order to ensure the success of the project, the Dynamte brings together experts with distinct scientific, technical, and operational expertise in high energy physics and condensed matter.

Dynamite project partners


The Institute of Photonic Sciences (coordinating partner) was founded in 2002 by the Government of Catalonia and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, both of which are members of its board of trustees along with the Cellex and Mir-Puig Foundations, philanthropic entities that have played a critical role in the advancement of the institute. Located in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, the institute currently hosts 500 people, organized in 25 research teams in 80 state-of-the-art research laboratories. Research lines encompass diverse areas in which photonics plays a decisive role, with an emphasis on basic and applied themes relevant to medicine and biology, advanced imaging techniques, information technologies, a range of environmental sensors, tunable and ultra-fast lasers, quantum science and technologies, photovoltaics and the properties and applications of nano- and quantum materials such as graphene, among others. In addition to two consecutive accreditations of the Severo Ochoa national program for research excellence, ICFOnians have been awarded 16 elite ICREA Professorships and 42 European Research Council grants. ICFO participates actively in the European Technological Platform Photonics21 and is very proactive in fostering entrepreneurial activities, spin-off creation, and creating collaborations and links between industry and ICFO researchers. To date, ICFO has helped create 11 start-up companies.

Maciej Lewenstein


Leticia Tarruell


Alessio Celi

Associated Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Visiting Scientist at ICFO.

Javier Argüello Luengo

Researcher at ICFO

Sergi Julià-Farré

Researcher at ICFO

Vasily Makhalov

Researcher at ICFO

Julia Bergmann

Researcher at ICFO

Sarah Hirthe

Researcher at ICFO

Ramon Ramos

Researcher at ICFO

Craig Chisholm

Researcher at ICFO

Pierpaolo Fontana

Researcher at ICFO/UAB

Luca Tagliacozzo

Professor at CSIC

Luca Barbiero

Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino and Visiting Scientist at ICFO

Carlos Ramos

Researcher at CSIC

Claudio Iacovelli

Researcher at ICFO and UAB

Judith Salvador

Project Manager

Alina Hirschmann

Science Communication Officer 

Jordi Cortés

Science Communication Officer


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

As one of Europe’s leading research universities, LMU Munich is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in research and teaching. Building on its more than 500-year-tradition of scholarship, LMU covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, ranging from the humanities and cultural studies through law, economics and social studies to medicine and the sciences. 18 percent of LMU‘s 50,000 students come from abroad, originating from 130 countries worldwide. The know-how and creativity of LMU’s academics form the foundation of the University’s outstanding research record. This is also reflected in LMU‘s designation as a “university of excellence” in the context of the nationwide Excellence Strategy to promote top-level university research

Monika Aidelsburger

Professor at LMU

Fabian Grusdt

Professor at LMU

University of Trento

National and international rankings place the University of Trento among the best Italian universities. Founded in 1962, UniTrento has always invested in building relationships and alliances. It is one of the most international universities in Italy and stands out for the quality and quantity of its international relations. Trento is a dynamic university that offers quality education with over 16,000 students, 700 faculty and as many staff members: the ideal environment for study and research in a wide range of disciplinary areas. With 11 departments and 4 university centres, Trento offers 70 undergraduate and master’s degree courses, many first and second level master’s degrees and lifelong education, a school of advanced studies, and 17 doctoral programmes. The University participates in over 450 study and research agreements with universities in Europe and around the world. Trento is home to facilities that develop some of the most advanced quantum devices in Italy through Q@TN, Quantum Science and Technology in Trento. Q@TN was created in Trento in March 2018 through an agreement by the University of Trento, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, the National Research Council, and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics. This joint laboratory, that makes the most of the knowledge and expertise of the members of four research institutions, is a national and European point of reference for research and innovation in quantum science and technologies and an ideal platform to design quantum devices, secure communication protocols, quantum sensors, as well as quantum algorithms and supercomputing prototypes.

Philipp Hauke

Full Professor at University of Trento

Gabriele Ferrari

Associated Professor at University of Trento

Marcello Dalmonte

International Center for Theoretical Physics  (Trieste)

Roberto Verdel

International Center for Theoretical Physics  (Trieste)

Emanuele Tirrito

International Center for Theoretical Physics  (Trieste)

ETH Zurich

Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness: ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values. Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.   568 professors teach around 24,500 students – including nearly 4,500 doctoral students – from over 120 countries. Their collective research embraces many disciplines: natural sciences and engineering sciences, architecture, mathematics, system-oriented natural sciences, as well as management and social sciences. The results and innovations produced by ETH researchers are channelled into some of Switzerland’s most high-tech sectors: from computer science through to micro- and nanotechnology and cutting-edge medicine. Last year ETH registered around 100 patents and almost 200 inventions. Since 1996, the university has produced a total of 496 commercial spin-offs. ETH also has an excellent reputation in scientific circles: 22 Nobel laureates have studied, taught or researched here, and in international league tables ETH Zurich regularly ranks as one of the world’s top universities. 

Tilman Esslinger

Professor at ETHZ

Jagiellonian University

The Jagiellonian University in Krakow founded 1364 is one of two leading polish universities with around 40000 students. Institute of Theoretical Physics emerged from Marian Smoluchowski Institute of Physics in 2020. 8 Departments cover all main areas of physics with Atomic Optics Department specializing in theoretical quantum optics,quantum chaos, quantum information, condensed matter theory.

Jakub Zakrzewski

Professor at Jagiellonian University

Arindam Mallick

Researcher at Jagiellonian University

Pedro Ruyter Nicácio Falcão

Researcher at Jagiellonian University

Heidelberg University

Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany’s oldest university and one of the strongest research universities in all of Europe. The successes in both rounds of the Excellence Initiative and in internationally recognised rankings prove that Heidelberg’s excellent reputation and leading role in the scientific community are well deserved. In terms of educating students and promoting promising early-career academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and an outstanding, well-structured training for doctoral candidates.  Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university, offering the full spectrum of disciplines in the humanities, law and the social sciences alongside the natural and life sciences, including medicine. As a comprehensive university, Heidelberg aims to continue to strengthen the individual disciplines and to further interdisciplinary cooperation, as well as to carry research results over into society and industry. With its aspiration of connecting traditional academic values with future-oriented scientific concepts in research and teaching, the university is building bridges to the future.

Fred Jendrzejewsk