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Nanochemistry and self-assembly routes to metamaterials for visible light

Objective

The objective of the METACHEM collaborative project is to use the extreme versatility of nano-chemistry to design and manufacture bulk meta-materials exhibiting non-conventional electromagnetic properties in the range of visible light. This spectral domain requires nano-scale patterns, typically around 50 nm in size or less. Our strategy consists in designing and synthesizing ad-hoc nano particles as optical plasmonic nano-resonators and organising them through self-assembly methods in 2 or 3 dimensional networks in order to produce dense highly ordered structures at a nano-scale level. Several subprojects corresponding to different routes are proposed, all of them based on existing state-of-the-art chemical and self assembly methods. In addition, the important issue of losses inherent to the plasmonic response of the nano-objects is addressed in an original way by the adjunction of loss-compensating active gain media. A special effort is made on the difficult measurement of the non conventional meta-properties as they constitute the first demonstration of the validity of the concept. A technological and an industrial point are added towards the search of efficient, cost-effective and industrially feasible metamaterials. The key point of the METACHEM project joining 9 partners from 7 European states is that it brings together for the first time European experts of three complementary fields namely nanochemistry, self-assembly methods and metamaterials science. The majority of the partners are members of FP7 virtual institutes related to these fields i.e. respectively EMMI, SOFTCOMP and METAMORPHOSE II. Main goals: Design and synthesize optically isotropic meta-materials with exotic and extreme properties realized by simple and cheap chemical methods. Target properties: artificial optical magnetic and dielectric properties, optical left-handed materials, near-zero permittivity/permeability; negative index materials, low-loss plasmonic structures.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 972 023
Administrative Contact
Philippe Leconte (Mr.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 289 344
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anxo Moreira-González (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 700 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Barbara Cagnana (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 325 360
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 303 004
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Constantin Simovsky (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 302 951
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Poupaert (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SIENA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 303 008
Address
Via Banchi Di Sotto 55
53100 Siena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Silvano Focardi (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 375 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
Rhodia Laboratoire du Futur
France
EU contribution
€ 129 300
Address
Avenue Du Docteur Schweitzer 178
33608 Pessac
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Sennrich (Mr.)