1. Electrochromic, low cost, advanced windows: a project implemented through the Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" action Archimedes III and is co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek national funds (National Strategic Reference Framework 2007 - 2013).
The aim of the project is the development of novel electrochromic devices with fast response, excellent colouration efficiency, durability and repeatability, using low cost and environmental friendly techniques. The project consists of four workpackages. The first one is related with the preparation of the deposition techniques, while the second is referred to the deposition and characterization of EC layers grown by chemical techniques at low temperatures (≤ 95 oC). The third workpackage is similar with the second one, but the materials will be grown at higher temperatures (≥ 450 oC) using different techniques. Finally, the forth workpackage is about the completion and the comparative study of electrochromic devices developed at low and high temperatures respectively. The expected results are EC devices; one prepared at low temperatures with the combination of transparent conducting substrates (glass, plastic) that can decrease the cost production, design and instalment, while a second one will be developed at high temperatures, competing the conventional industrial physical techniques, thus lowering the cost production.

2. Smart and low cost thermochromic windows for energy saving in building: A project implemented through Operational Program ‘‘Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship’’, Action “Cooperation 2009” and is co-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) and Greek national funds (National Strategic Reference Framework 2007 - 2013).
The aim of the project is the development of novel thermochromic coatings exhibiting: (a) low and tailored phase transition temperature, (b) very good transparency in the visible and (c) large change in the IR transmission below and above the transition temperature. Towards this scope, the investigation is focused on: (i) the deposition of VO2 nanostructured layers on various types of buffer layers placed on glass substrates, (ii) the deposition of doped VO2 nanostructured layers with one or two dopants (dopants like W and Mg) and (iii) the deposition of multiple layers of the form ΖnO/AxV1-xO2/ZnO, where A stands for W, Mg or W+ Mg.


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.