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Pushing ultrafast laser material processing into a new regime of plasma-controlled ablation

Ultra-intense femtosecond laser pulses promise to become a fast, universal, predictable and green tool for material processing at micro and nanometric scale. The recent tremendous increase in commercially available femtosecond laser energy at high repetition rate opens a wealth of novel perspectives for mass production. But even at high energy, laser processing remains limited to high-speed scanning point by point removal of ultra-thin nanometric layers from the material surface. This is because the uncontrolled laser-generated free-electron plasma shields against light and prevents reaching extreme internal temperatures at very precise nanometric scale.
PULSAR aims at breaking this barrier and developing a radically different concept of laser material modification regime based on free-electron plasma control. PULSAR 's unconventional concept is to control plasma generation, confinement, excitation and stability. An ambitious experimental and numerical research program will push the frontiers of laser processing to unprecedented precision, speed and predictability. PULSAR key concept is highly generic and the results will initiate new research across laser and plasma material processing, plasma physics and ultrafast optics.

PULSAR is a single partner, 5 years, 2M€ project, started in July 2016 and funded by the European Research Council, led by Francois Courvoisier (Consolidator Grant ERC-CoG-682032).

Contact : François COURVOISIER

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Sustainable Structural and Multifunctional Biocomposites from Hybrid Natural Fibres and bio-based polymers

The project is positioned on the development of composite constituents, based on a renewable resource (i.e. biopolymers and plant fibre reinforcements) for the development of multifunctional recyclable and/or biodegradable bio-based composites with advanced functionalities for applications in transportation (ground transportation and aerospace) and a high value market niche (acoustic and electronics). It is dedicated to the development of specific concepts, technologies and materials to achieve a complete value chain and prove the principle at the scale of product demonstrators.

Expected impacts

-          To set the basis and validate new bio-based constituents for composites;

-          To propose new composite structures and products based on these bio-based constituents and demonstrate their advanced functionalities at the scale of demonstrators

This project gathers 17 partners (ten universities and research performing organisations, three SMEs, three industries and one cluster). It will last 48 months, from the 1st of September 2017 to the 31st August 2021, with a global budget of €7,411,150, including €4,457,195 grant from the European Union (for the University: global budget €880,702.25, including €664,390 grant).

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ENHANCE  : 2017-2021

 MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems

Total Funding Amount: EUR 3,382,787.16

Coordinator: A. Bartasyte (University of Franche-Comté)

Beneficiaries: University of Franche-Comté (FR), INSA Lyon (FR), Grenoble INP (FR), Cedrat Technologies (FR), Imperial College London (UK), INSTM (IT), University of  Cologne (DE), AIXTRON (DE).

Partner Organizations: EPFL (CH) , EpiValence (UK), PSA Peugeot–Citroen (FR), frecInIsys (FR), KTN (UK), ST-Microelectronics (IT)

Description: The proposed Initial Training Network entitled ""Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems (ENHANCE)"" will provide Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with broad and intensive training within a multidisciplinary research and teaching environment. Key training topics will include development of energy harvesters compatible with MEMS technology and able to power wireless sensor. Applied to automobiles, such technology will allow for 50 kg of weight saving, connection simplification, space reduction, and reduced maintenance costs - all major steps towards creating green vehicles. Other important topics include technology innovation, education and intellectual asset management. ENHANCE links world-leading research groups at academic institutions to give a combined, integrated approach of synthesis/fabrication, characterization, modeling/theory linked to concepts for materials integration in devices and systems. Such a science-supported total engineering approach will lead towards efficient piezoelectric energy harvesters viable for the automotive industry. ESRs will focus on this common research objective, applying a multidisciplinary bottom-up approach, which can be summarized by : ""engineered molecule- advanced material- designed device - smart system"". ENHANCE also seeks to intensify the relationship between academic and private sectors, and to train highly skilled young researchers for new materials and device technologies. Both are essential to provide a strong European lead over the rest of the world in this highly competitive industry."

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