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Bio-inspired helicoidal multilayers for photonic innovation

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Project "HELICOID" data sheet

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Organization address
address: AVENUE DE L EUROPE 20
postcode: 1700

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Total cost 187˙419 €
 EC max contribution 187˙419 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-11-15   to  2019-11-14


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG CH (FRIBOURG) coordinator 187˙419.00


 Project objective

Natural photonic structures are present in a wide variety of flora and fauna, and are useful for camouflage mechanisms, mating and pollination signalling among other biological purposes. These natural photonic architectures constitute an invaluable source of blueprints for scientists to innovate in bio-inspired technological devices that can make a real impact in the technology based economy, for example in sensors, solar cells and lighting applications. Among the natural structures that have an artificial counterpart with huge impact in the economy are optical thin films, where for example single layers are used for anti-reflection coatings and multilayers for high quality mirrors and filters. Interestingly, some animals, such as the scarab beetles, exhibit unique circular polarization dependent reflection properties due to an inner helicoidal structure embedded within the multilayers of its cuticle. Fabricating such multilayers with added optical functionalities can find applications for example in anti-counterfeiting elements or in optical applications as chirality dependent micro-mirrors. During this MSCA I aim to gain the necessary training and knowledge to become an independent researcher in the fields of structural colour in nature and bio-inspired photonic devices. To achieve this goal, I will build up from the expertise of the host supervisor (Prof. Ullrich Steiner) and his group at the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Fribourg, Switzerland on the field of structural colour in nature, and specifically, on their experience with the chiral structures of such beetles. I will investigate novel multilayered devices exhibiting unique optical properties by performing optical simulations and combining state-of-the-art nano-patterning techniques together with a self-assembly method for multilayer fabrication that will yield unprecedented optical responses leading to innovative photonic devices.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Esteban Bermúdez-Ureña, Ullrich Steiner
Self-Rolled Multilayer Metasurfaces
published pages: 2198-2204, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.9b00816
ACS Photonics 6/9 2020-01-30

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