Materials of the future

Cluster of Excellence AMADEus

(Advanced materials by design)

Facility of Excellence ELORPrintTec



Objective: designing functional materials for tomorrow's uses and needs by bringing together experienced researchers.

Under the leadership of Etienne Duguet.

Within the University of Bordeaux' "Materials" center, AMADEus brings together a consortium of 130 researchers and lecturer-researchers to design and produce functional materials to meet tomorrow's major social challenges, i.e. energy, health, and information & communication technology.

Innovating for tomorrow's materials

Tomorrow's innovations depend on our current ability to develop materials with new functionalities and increasingly stringent characteristics in terms of performance, cost, manufacturing processes, and impact on human health and the environment.

On the strength of its internationally recognized proficiency in materials chemistry, soft matter physics and modeling, AMADEus amalgamates and focuses the Bordeaux site's multi-disciplinary resources on three key research challenges:

  • Organic electronics
    The efforts of AMADEus are particularly focused on the development of high-performance inks, the production of microelectromechanical systems (sensors and actuators), and the recovery of mechanical and thermal energy. In the near future, researchers will be able to take advantage of all of the cleanroom facilities of the ELORPrintTec EquipEx platform dedicated to printable devices.
  • Self-assembled metamaterials
    Metamaterials are a highly dynamic field of research, which gained a high profile for its potentially revolutionary applications: superlenses, miniaturized antennas, invisibility cloaks, etc. The distinctive contribution of AMADEus is its bottom-up approach, i.e. through the self-assembly of active components (resonators). In particular, researchers are concentrating their efforts on the design, modeling and production of active metamaterials, either in the field of electromagnetism (visible spectrum or terahertz frequencies) or acoustics.
  • Bioactive and biocooperative materials
    The medicine of the future will need totally autonomous smart devices to monitor and treat patients. Through its expertise in the fields of miniaturization, sensors, controlled drug delivery and enzyme engineering, AMADEus is developing an original device to be used as a permanent implant, with an autonomous power source, capable of permanently monitoring a biological constant and releasing an active principle when necessary.


Cluster AMADEus

Olivier Fouassier
Project manager


3 projects  46 researchers involved and 36 lecturer-researchers, i.e. a total of 82 people 48 publications and 13 patents
Over €9M in public/private co-financing 2 industrial partnerships 3 IUF members, 4 CNRS medals and 1 ERC nomination
Aleksandar Karajic, doctorant AMADEus d’origine serbe.

The University of Bordeaux is renowned for its research in materials science. In particular, several electrochemical teams have earned recognition by linking this discipline with that of the architecture of materials. The advantage of being part of the AMADEus LabEx is the possibility of developing my scientific and personal skills by participating in international conferences, exchange programs and inter-laboratory meetings.

Aleksandar Karajic,
Serbian doctoral student at AMADEus

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Could the fantasy of invisibility become a reality?Silicone beads suspended in a water-based gel - © CRPPCould the fantasy of invisibility become a reality?

Who hasn’t dreamed of wearing an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter? Thanks to metamaterials, this may soon become a reality. Researchers from the AMADEus Laboratory of Excellence recently developed the first acoustic metamaterials in 3 dimensions. Boasting electromagnetic properties unseen in any homogeneous natural material, metamaterials are composite materials capable of bending and controlling waves, in particular sound and light waves. Based on these uncommon properties, researchers have developed the first negative index 3D material supporting ultrasounds. To achieve this, they have created a new type of metamaterial, made up of porous silicone micro-beads suspended in a water-based gel, and literally had ultrasounds doing the moonwalk. These new-generation «flexible» metamaterials hint at numerous applications in ultrasound...


Objective: tackling the challenges of flexible and printable organic electronics.

Under the leadership of Georges Hadziioannou.

The ELORPrintTec platform, which is unique in France, creates organic electronic materials with innovative properties. It covers all stages of design, production and physical/chemical/electronic characterization.

ELORPrintTec has two major challenges:

  • a technological challenge to create the materials of the future. One of the major challenges of researchers is to explore technologies based on materials other than silicon
  • an economic challenge, as the design of new materials is a promising sector which generates high technology and creates numerous jobs (expected to amount to €330 billion in 2027).

ELORPrintTec offers multiple applications:

  • production of photovoltaic cells embedded in structures (e.g. clothing) to provide alternative sources of energy with a low carbon footprint
  • development of a new generation of low-cost RFID chips for numerous applications in everyday life
  • development of flexible electronic books, a technology that will revolutionize electronic documents.


EquipEx ElorPrintTec

Aude Manson
Coordination manager

€2.5 million budget 1 facility spanning a length of over 12 meters 5 clusters of equipment
15 x 15 cm: size of the display panels or OLED lamps that can be produced 10-10 mbar: operation under ultra-vacuum conditions
Georges Hadziioannou, professeur de chimie à l’université de Bordeaux, titulaire de la chaire industrielle ANR/ARKEMA HOMERIC, directeur scientifique d’AMADEus© ELORPrintTec

Chemistry has provided me with the means to understand and transform matter, and do wonders. Chemistry is the basis of everything. Without chemistry, there is no medication, no food. And chemistry becomes even more powerful when it interfaces with physics and engineering. ELORPrintTec is a unique tool that enables us to go even further by exploring these frontiers in the emerging fields of science, technology and medicine.

Georges Hadziioannou,
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux, Holder of the Industrial Chair of ANR/ARKEMA HOMERIC, Scientific Director of AMADEus

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Conception de nouvelles encres polymères avec un partenaire allemand

Dans le cadre d’un projet collaboratif entre l’Allemagne et la France, l'équipe de la plateforme ELORPrintTEC a mis au point de nouvelles encres polymères qui peuvent remplacer efficacement les électrodes à base de matériaux inorganiques utilisées jusqu’à présent dans tous les dispositifs d’affichage. Ces encres ont la particularité d’offrir de bonnes propriétés à la fois de conductivité, de transparence, de stabilité, de flexibilité et de processabilité par impression. La plateforme ELORPrintTec a permis de se positionner à un niveau compétitif vis-à-vis des plateformes européennes, telles que DRESDEN (COMEDD IPMS Fraunhofer, Allemagne), et a apporté une complémentarité en matière de formulation, de mise en œuvre et de caractérisation des matériaux afin d’aboutir à un prototype d’affichage intégré.