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The FABulous project will be delivered by a consortium of 11 European partners, coordinated by AIMEN’s senior researcher Francisco Gontad, with the aim of developing an industrial surface ‘coating’ technology that exploits breakthroughs in multiphoton lithography and process modelling to manufacture high resolution 3D metasurfaces at a throughput viable for series production.

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AIMEN are highly specialized in advanced manufacturing technologies, especially joining technologies and laser technologies applied to materials processing, robotics and automation.
Our main activity focuses on the development of high performing functional surfaces through high precision laser manufacturing sustainable processes, with the aim of providing extra functionalities to different mechanical or optical elements, like wettability control, wear resistance or extremely advanced optical functions.

Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH

Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH, is an innovative solution provider and global manufacturer for maskless 3D Laser Lithography Equipment for additive, subtractive and ablative manufacturing processes based on Two-Photon Polymerization (TPP) technology.
With Heidelberg Instruments engagement in publicly funded projects and an active cooperation with the involved projects partners, we further develop the 3D Lithography direct laser writing technology via Two-Photon-Polymerization (TPP). While working along value chains, the creation of new functional structures for 21st century products and applications across industries are enhanced.

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IMT Atlantique

IMT Atlantique is an elite French “Grande Ecole” or graduate Engineering School and Research Centre in the field of engineering science and information technologies. Its mission is to prepare the new generation of engineers and managers to face future challenges, to deal with complex problems, to understand increasingly networked systems, but also and above all to be responsible agents for change in the world. The research activities of the IMT Atlantique Optics Department centre on optical communications and signal processing, the engineering of liquid crystal polymer composites for new optical functions (e.g. telecom, personal protection, security techniques, sensors, etc.) and the design, fabrication and applications of diffractive optics. Through its Arago technology development platform (>160m² cleanroom) the optics department has specialised in the rapid prototyping liquid crystal composite devices and diffractive optics components both for its own research activities and projects and those of its numerous academic and industrial partners.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB conducts applied research and development in the field of electronic systems for application in, e.g., electric mobility, aerospace, Industry 4.0, power grids or energy technology. In this connection, the institute uniquely covers the entire value chain - from basic materials to whole power electronic systems.
As part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the IISB does contract research for industry as well as public authorities. On that note it is the institute’s main objective to provide excellent research for its industrial partners and to set technological benchmarks as one of the leading research institutions in electronic systems. A tightly woven network build out of local and international partnerships and cooperations helps to carry these aims into effect.



FORTH conducts specialized scientific research in strategic high-added value sectors, focusing on interdisciplinary research and development (R&D) activities in areas of major scientific, societal and economic interest.
The Farsari Lab researches Light-based Additive Manufacturing (LAM) at the micro and nanoscale. We investigate LAM applications in photonics, mechanical and electromagnetic metamaterials, medical implants, and biofabrication.



Thales is a global technology leader with more than 81,000 employees on five continents. The Group is investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – Big Data, artificial intelligence, connectivity, cybersecurity and quantum technology – to build a future we can all trust. Trust is essential for societies to flourish, with humans playing a central role in every critical decision.
Thales's high-tech solutions, services and products help companies, organisations and governments to achieve their goals and ambitions. And in each of our five vertical markets — digital identity and security, defence and security, aerospace, space, and transport — our customers play a vital role in society.



Stellantis is a leading global automaker and mobility provider that offers clean, connected, affordable and safe mobility solutions. Our Company’s strength lies in the breadth of our iconic brand portfolio, the diversity and passion of our people, and our deep roots in the communities in which we operate. Our ambitious electrification and software strategies and the creation of an innovative ecosystem of strategic, game-changing partnerships are driving our transformation to a sustainable mobility tech company.



FICOSA is a global company devoted to the creation of advanced vision, safety, efficiency and control solutions for the automotive industry, with the desire to contribute to society through our commitment to technological innovation, human values and energy efficiency. Founded in 1949 and based in Barcelona (Spain), Ficosa currently has more than 8,100 employees in 17 countries worldwide in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, with consolidated sales of €1.2 billion. The rear-view systems (with mirror or camera) are Ficosa’s main business, known worldwide and recognised by top global automotive OEMs. For more than ten years, our commitment to the development and production of ADAS and eMobility systems has positioned us as a leading supplier in the sector. Ficosa and Panasonic are working together to lead the automobile transformation, as the result of their business and capital alliance, which was formalised on 2017.

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IRES, founded in 2015, is devoted to provide decision making tools and methodologies for environmental, safety and risk assessment, materials characterization/digitization and process optimization. We are a team of chemical engineers, physicists, materials and data scientists with a mission to deliver world-class innovative solutions. Customized and tailored solutions on demand, often in tool form, successfully identify possible business risks and provide sustainable directions. For this, the whole lifecycle of products is considered, through a holistic evaluation of social, environmental and economic aspects based on EU standards and regulations. In collaboration with external bodies and related initiatives, IRES is part of, build upon and push the frontiers at new technological events, arising innovative technologies and strategic research trends.

IRES provides its expertise and services to the latest cutting edge technologies, like Nearly Zero Emission Buildings (NZEBs), Renewable Energy Systems (i.e. photovoltaics, wind and tidal turbine rotor blades), Additive Manufacturing, (nanoenabled) Composites, Water Pollution and Wastewater Recycling.

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Planopsim NV

PlanOpSim develops dedicated R&D software for simulation of metalenses, diffractive optical elements, holograms and planar optics. PlanOpSim's numerical modelling can be used for design of nano-structrured optics, flat lenses and optical system integration.

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MODUS Research and Innovation is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation established with the objective of assisting universities, companies and other organisations to secure European and National Research Funding, such as Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK.
At MODUS, we professionally accompany our clients through the application process and assist them in the implementation of their projects.

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