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PARYLENE based artificial smart LENSes fabricated using a novel solid-on-liquid deposition process

Objective

The main goal of the project PARYLENS is to develop the next generation optical devices, based on an innovative and reliable concept inspired by natural optical systems such as the human and the fly eyes. We propose the following devices to the European citizen and industry: 1) tuneable lenses 2) truly accommodative intraocular lenses 3) bistable flexible displays The development of those devices relies on recent advances in nanotechnology combined with the patented SOLID (Solid On Liquid deposition) process, which offers the possibility to grow a stable solid layer directly onto a liquid, such that the solid uniformly replicates and encapsulates the liquid template. When using the polymer Parylene as solid layer, the resulting interface is perfectly smooth and the liquid template remains unaffected, which is ideal for optical applications. Parylene is stable, biocompatible, highly transparent, and can be deposited in a one-step process also on liquids. PARYLENS proposes to develop low cost yet high quality, reliable smart devices. The actuation of the tuneable lenses will rely on Parylene-based electroactive polymers and liquid crystals. Tuneable lenses are expected to have an impact on the consumer electronics market (mobile phones, cameras, etc) in addition, the development of low actuation voltages tuneable lenses will profit to the biomedical devices market (artificial eyes, endoscopes, etc). The truly accommodative intraocular lenses will closely mimic the structure and shape of the crystalline lens of the human eye. They will also prevent inflammation and infections. The structure of microlens arrays will be used to develop flexible bistable liquid crystals displays. The consortium is well balanced (12 partners from 8 countries) and goes for full complementarity. It comprises 4 SMEs, 3 universities and 4 research centres. Together they will make this ambitious multidisciplinary project a reality.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/liquid crystal
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

HAUTE ECOLE SPECIALISEE DE SUISSE OCCIDENTALE
Address
Route De Moutier 14
2800 Delemont
Switzerland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 458 156
Administrative Contact
Fabrice Spada (Mr.)

Participants (12)

VARIOPTIC SA

Participation ended

France
Address
Rue Jean Baldassini 24B
69007 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Berge (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 257 292
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Incoronata Tritto (Dr.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 435 809
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)
FUNDACION CIDETEC
Spain
EU contribution
€ 316 200
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jon Lacunza (Mr.)
BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 508 986
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isser Israel Peer (Dr.)
COMELEC SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 410 172
Address
Rue De La Paix 129
2300 La Chaux-de-fonds
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chantal Borter (Ms.)
POLITECHNIKA GDANSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 202 200
Address
Ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12
80-233 Gdansk
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maciej Bobrowski (Dr.)
PARROT SA
France
EU contribution
€ 379 140
Address
Quai De Jemmapes 174/178
75010 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Berge (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 277 761
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 227 730
Address
Chemin Du Vieux Chene 59
38240 Meylan
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Claeyssen (Dr.)
AJL OHPTHALMIC S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 209 400
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Alava
01510 Minano-alava
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Idoia Santamaria (Ms.)
SCIPROM SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 155 800
Address
Rue Du Centre 70
1025 Saint Sulpice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paolo Dainesi (Dr.)