The Center of Materials Technology and Photonics (CEMATEP) is a joined laboratory of the departments of the School of Engineering established in 2003 and is dedicated to the growth, study and application of novel technological materials and photonics technology.

Technology, offering today innovative solutions in various important applications, require novel, advanced (simple or composite) materials and devices combining perfectly optimum functionality with low cost, reliability and preservation of environment. Nanotechnology is the ideal approach towards this scope, since the size reduction of matter-structures to the nano-scale can induce novel properties and functionalities. In parallel, the advances in materials science allow easy and excellent control of material properties, leading to novel structures and devices suitable for various applications.

Metal and metal oxide nanoparticles and films, carbon allotropes materials as well as their composites are considered promising families of functional materials for many applications. The research efforts in the Smart Functional Materials Group of CEMATEP are focusing on the use of simple, low temperature, low cost and environmental friendly techniques, easily adaptable to the industrial needs and specs, for the growth of novel nanomaterials and devices with tunable properties and multi-functionality in energy, environmental and other daily applications.