Scope

Composite high voltage insulators

The research activities include:

  • Investigation of the physical/chemical parameters affecting the functionality of composite insulators as well as the influence of various environmental stresses on the degradation and the ageing of their performance.
  • Development of laser diagnostic techniques that can be employed in situ and in real time for the recognition of the condition and the functionality of composite insulators.
  • Design of new polymeric materials for composite outdoor insulators, suitable for the Mediterranean climate.

The activity is implemented in close collaboration with the "Energy and Photovoltaic system" laboratory of the School of Applied technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete and the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A..

 

Nonlinear optical response materials

The research is focused on the nonlinear optical response of carbon allotropes and metal/metal oxide nanostructures, the respective activities including:

  • Design, fabrication and testing of novel nonlinear optical materials suitable for optical limiting and optical switching.
  • Investigation of the photoresponse mechanisms of nonlinear optical nanomaterial.
  • Tailoring of the nonlinear optical properties so that they can match particular requirements.

The activity is implemented in close collaboration with the "Laser, Nonlinear and Quantum Optics" laboratory of the Physics Department of University of Patras.

 

Layers exhibiting light induced modification of hydrophylicity

The research is focused on the control of the wettability of the surface of metal oxide based nanostructured layers, the respective activities including:

  • Fabrication and testing of novel nanostructured layers exhibiting effective and reversible light induced modification of hydrophylicity.
  • Tailoring of the properties of the nanostructured layers so that can present effective self-cleaning action.

The research activity is implemented in close collaboration with the "Laser, Nonlinear and Quantum Optics" laboratory of the Physics Department of University of Patras, the efforts focused on the nonlinear optical response of carbon allotropes and metal/metal oxide nanostructures. The respective activities include:

 

Transparent electrodes

The research is focused on the exploitation of the applicability of thin films and nanostructured layers as transparent electrodes, the respective activities including:

  • Growth and characterization of metal oxide or carbon allotrope based thin films and nanostructured layers exhibiting high transparency and conductivity.
  • Tailoring of the properties of the thin films and the nanostructured layers so that can match particular requirements.
  • Development of 3D architectures required for particular applications.

Layers for electromagnetic shielding

The research is focused on the exploitation of the applicability of composite layers consisting of carbon allotropes and metal oxide nanostructures in electromagnetic shielding, the respective activities including:

  • Fabrication, characterization and testing of novel nanostructured paint-like composites composites exhibiting effective shielding in the GHz frequency range.
  • Employment of low cost and environmentally up-scalable preparation and deposition approaches so that low cost, ease of application, flexibility, light weight and corrosion resistance can be attained.
  • Correlation between the shielding effectiveness and the basic characteristics of the composite layers so that the underlying mechanisms can be understood.

The research activity is implemented in close collaboration with the "Energy and Photovoltaic system" and the "Research & Development of Telecommunication Systems" laboratories of the School of Applied technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete.

 

Nanostructured coatings on textiles

The research activities are focused on the improvement of the performance of fabrics regarding particular functionalities of their surfaces including smart applications like antibacterial, self-cleaning, photocatalytic etc. The research is implemented in close collaboration with the Chemistry Department of Al. I. Cuza University.

Welcome

Center of Materials Technology and Photonics (CEMATEP) is a joint laboratory of the departments of the School of Applied Technology of the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI Crete), established in 2003. Its activities are dedicated to the growth, study and application of novel materials and photonics.

Research activities

The research efforts in CEMATEP are focused on the exploitation of advanced thin films, nanostructures and nanocomposites suitable for applications like solar cells, chromic layers for solar control coatings, optoelectronics, photodetectors and organic electronics. CEMATEP is well equipped with state of the art facilities and its members have important scientific outcome as well as excellent national and international collaborations.