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Solid-state flow as a novel approach for the fabrication of photonic devices

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Project "FLOWTONICS" data sheet

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address: BATIMENT CE 3316 STATION 1
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 1˙499˙585 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙585 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2021-01-31


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 Project objective

The development of advanced photon-based technologies offers exciting promises in fields of crucial importance for the development of sustainable societies such as energy and food management, security and health care. Innovative photonic devices will however reveal their true potential if we can deploy their functionalities not only on rigid wafers, but also over large-area, flexible and stretchable substrates. Indeed, providing energy harvesting, sensing, or stimulating abilities over windows, screens, food packages, wearable textiles, or even biological tissues will be invaluable technological breakthroughs. Today, however, conventional fabrication approaches remain difficult to scale to large area, and are not well adapted to the mechanical and topological requirements of non-rigid and curved substrates. In FLOWTONICS, we propose innovative materials processing approaches and device architectures to enable the simple and scalable fabrication of nano-structured photonic systems compatible with flexible and stretchable substrates. Our strategy is to direct the flow of optical materials through an innovative and thus far unexplored exploitation of the solid-state dewetting and thermal drawing processes. Our objectives are three-fold: (1) Study and demonstrate, for the first time, the strong potential of the dewetting of chalcogenide glasses layers for the fabrication of large area photonic devices; (2) Show that dewetting can also be exploited to realize photonic architectures onto engineered, nano-imprinted flexible and stretchable polymer substrates; (3) Demonstrate, for the first time, the use of the thermal drawing process as a novel tool to realize advanced flexible and stretchable photonic ribbons and fibers. These novel approaches can contribute to game-changing scientific and technological advances for the sustainable management of our resources and to meet our growing health care needs, putting Europe at the forefront of innovation in these crucial areas.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Yunpeng Qu, Tung Nguyen-Dang, Alexis Gérald Page, Wei Yan, Tapajyoti Das Gupta, Gelu Marius Rotaru, René M. Rossi, Valentine Dominique Favrod, Nicola Bartolomei, Fabien Sorin
Superelastic Multimaterial Electronic and Photonic Fibers and Devices via Thermal Drawing
published pages: 1707251, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201707251
Advanced Materials 30/27 2019-04-03
2018 Wei Yan, Alexis Page, Tung Nguyen-Dang, Yunpeng Qu, Federica Sordo, Lei Wei, Fabien Sorin
Advanced Multimaterial Electronic and Optoelectronic Fibers and Textiles
published pages: 1802348, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201802348
Advanced Materials 2019-04-02
2017 Tung Nguyen-Dang, Alba C. de Luca, Wei Yan, Yunpeng Qu, Alexis G. Page, Marco Volpi, Tapajyoti Das Gupta, Stéphanie P. Lacour, Fabien Sorin
Controlled Sub-Micrometer Hierarchical Textures Engineered in Polymeric Fibers and Microchannels via Thermal Drawing
published pages: 1605935, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201605935
Advanced Functional Materials 27/10 2019-06-19
2017 Wei Yan, Tùng Nguyen-Dang, Cyril Cayron, Tapajyoti Das Gupta, Alexis Gérald Page, Yunpeng Qu, Fabien Sorin
Microstructure tailoring of selenium-core multimaterial optoelectronic fibers
published pages: 1388, ISSN: 2159-3930, DOI: 10.1364/ome.7.001388
Optical Materials Express 7/4 2019-06-19
2017 Tung Nguyen-Dang, Alexis G Page, Yunpeng Qu, Marco Volpi, Wei Yan, Fabien Sorin
Multi-material micro-electromechanical fibers with bendable functional domains
published pages: 144001, ISSN: 0022-3727, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aa5bf7
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 50/14 2019-06-19
2017 Wei Yan, Yunpeng Qu, Tapajyoti Das Gupta, Arouna Darga, Dang Tùng Nguyên, Alexis Gérald Page, Mariana Rossi, Michele Ceriotti, Fabien Sorin
Semiconducting Nanowire-Based Optoelectronic Fibers
published pages: 1700681, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201700681
Advanced Materials 29/27 2019-06-19

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