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Sector: Building functional surfaces
Founded: 2020
First Invested: 2020
Located: Heraklion, Greece
Website: http://biomimetic.gr

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Sector
Building functional surfaces

Founded
2020

First Invested
2020

Located
Heraklion, Greece

Website
http://biomimetic.gr

Decreasing light reflection or glare is of huge importance for practically any optical system and photonic device. The current ways of producing anti-reflective (AR) transparent surfaces are expensive, require the use of chemicals and are thus very harmful to the environment. In this context, the need of sustainable and cost efficient AR surface treatments is one of the most challenging industry bets. Laser texturing of materials’ surfaces has been proven to be a unique and irreplaceable tool for numerous production processes and offers a potentially simple, highly-controllable, low-cost and environmentally friendly alternative.

Biomimetic, inspired from the Greek words “bios” and “mimesis” is here to exploit nature’s wisdom, and implement it directly to texture glass surfaces with the use of coherent laser light. Our surface treatments are designed to rapidly induce controllable modification of glass surfaces that mimic the nano-pillars comprising the wings of several Cicada and Butterfly species. The successful mimesis of the nature’s archetypes on artificial glass surfaces result in high-throughput and cost efficient AR surfaces with potential use in consumer electronics, solar panels, specialised optical components and photonic devices.

Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis

Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis

CEO

Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis (CEO) is a Research Director at FORTH/IESL and founder and head of the “Ultrafast Laser Micro- and Nano- processing” lab. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Crete. In 2006 and 2008 he was appointed as a visiting Researcher at the Dept. of Mechanical Eng. of the Univ. of California, Berkeley. His research focus is in the field of laser-based biomimetic engineering of materials for advanced optoelectronic and biomedical applications. He has published more than 250 scientific articles, patents and book chapters and he has been granted and coordinated many National and EU projects. Since 2015, he is the Director of the Nanoscience Facility of FORTH, part of the NFFA-Europe EU Infrastructure, where he is a member of the General Assembly. He is a National Expert in the High-Level Group of EU on Nanotechnologies, Advanced materials, Biotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing.

Dr. Evangelos Skoulas

Dr. Evangelos Skoulas

CTO

Dr. Evangelos Skoulas (CTO) finished his PhD in 2020 in Materials Science and Technology from the University of Crete. He has published many scientific papers on applied physics and was awarded with the young scientist award from the European Research Society in 2017 on Bio-inspired materials. He is one of the main inventors of the current Biomimetic technology and he is specialized in ultrafast laser surface structuring, optical design, surface functionalization, beam shaping and light-matter interactions.

Andreas Lemonis

Andreas Lemonis

CIO

Mr. Andreas Lemonis (CIO) is an electrical and electronics engineer with expertise in laser automations and algorithms. From his past work in the Foundation of research and technology Hellas he developed great problem solving skills to overcome technical challenges for different experiments.

Antonis Papadopoulos

Antonis Papadopoulos

Materials Engineer

Mr. Antonis Papadopoulos (Materials Engineer) is a PhD student in the area of advance laser processing and spectroscopy of 2D materials. He received his Master’s degree from the department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete at 2016.

Alexandros Mimidis

Alexandros Mimidis

Materials Engineer

Mr. Alexandros Mimidis (Materials Engineer) holds an M.Sc degree in Materials Science & Technology from University of Crete. He has worked in the field of ultra-fast laser processing of materials for five years specializing his research on metallic and transparent dielectrics. He has experience working on highly competitive research projects funded by the EU combining laser surface nano-texturing and characterization of materials. He has published numerous scientific papers.

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