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.
|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|
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.
Serbian doctoral student at AMADEus
- 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.
|€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
- © 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.
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux, Holder of the Industrial Chair of ANR/ARKEMA HOMERIC, Scientific Director of AMADEus
- © ELORPrintTecCluster 3, from basic science to industry
Cluster 3 (vacuum processing and physico-chemical properties evaluation line) is a world-unique cutting-edge system that makes it possible to understand phenomena at the level of the interfaces and surfaces of thin films used in electronic devices, as well as produce small series of devices for the manufacturing industry such as display panels for e-books, photovoltaic cells for solar panels and OLED lamps for low-energy lighting. On an economic level, the 2027 market is estimated at €240 billion across a wide variety of fields such as e-books, solar energy and lighting. In the face of competition set to be fierce, it is important to take position in this high-tech sector which will provide numerous jobs. ELORPrintTec addresses this major challenge.