This page has beta status

MPNS COST Action MP1209
Thermodynamics in the quantum regime

Modern technologies, which now miniaturise to the nanoscale and into the quantum regime, have the potential to revolutionise many upcoming socio-economic challenges. Historically, thermodynamics has been highly successful, enabling the development of technologies that changed our lives, ranging from fridges to jet planes. While these applications involve macroscopic systems, described accurately by the laws of classical physics, little is known about the applicability of standard notions of thermodynamics in the quantum regime.

The aim of the Action is to establish and develop the scientific basis that underpins future thermodynamic technologies at the nanoscale. Central to this is the understanding of fundamental thermodynamic processes for small ensembles, particularly in the quantum regime, in and out of equilibrium. These are topics of the emerging cross-over field, Quantum Thermodynamics, which is overwhelmingly pioneered by researchers currently located in Europe, many at an early stage in their careers. However, this research across Europe is fragmented and needs large-scale coordination to pave the way for swift progress. This Action is designed to bring researchers from different backgrounds together, foster interdisciplinary exchange and coordinate domestically funded European research to create an internationally leading knowledge base in this emerging and technologically important field.

(Descriptions are provided by the Actions directly via e-COST.)

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Dr Janet ANDERS (UK)

Vice Chair of the Action:

Prof Renato RENNER (CH)

Science officer of the Action:


Administrative officer of the Action:



Action Fact Sheet

Download AFS as .RTF

Memorandum of Understanding

Download MoU as PDF

Annual Progress Conference Report

Download Annual Progress Conference Report as PDF


Download Poster as PDF

Final Achievement Report

Download Final Achievement Report as PDF


* content provided by e-COST.
Data is synchronised once per night.


Last updated: 24 November 2012 top of page