Surface Engineering : Heritage


In the frame of this ESA GSTP program, CSL worked during years 2008 and 2009 with the NANOCYL company, the SIRRIS research center and FUNDP university.   more



GAIA is an ESA mission, whose objective is to derive a three-dimensional map of our galaxy, providing information on its composition, formation and evolution. TNO in The Netherlands is developing the all silicon carbide basic angle monitoring opto-mechanical assembly (BAM OMA) for this mission. As subcontractor of TNO in this project, CSL performs the operation of coating engineering, qualification and deposition on flight hardware, both for the GAIA BAM and WFS (Wavefront Sensor) sub-systems. All the WFS Flight Mirrors have been successfully coated and delivered to TNO in September 2009. CSL is subcontractor of TNO.



Spin-off from the University of Liege, PHYSIOL designs, manufactures and performs the marketing of intraocular lenses for the cataract surgery.  more



MIRAGE is a set of technological projects developed by Walloon industries and research centers, aiming at producing new active surface coatings for a better environmental management. CSL participates to the MIRAGE project within a consortium of 24 industrial and academic partners coordinated by ARCELOR and AGC GLASS. The MIRAGE program is funded by the Walloon Region, on the frame of the MECATECH cluster.  more



The objective of this project developed in collaboration with MULTITEL and LASEA is to work on patterning of photovoltaic thin films by laser process. In particular, possibility to use ultra-short laser pulses (< 10ps) for minimization of thermal effects will be studied. The project has been launched in beginning of 2009. CSL contribution in this program is related to theoretical model of laser – material interaction, metrology of laser ablation and also thermoreflectance test set-up. MUSICAL is funded by the Walloon Region.



MUSICAL Thermo-reflectance set-up




Started in beginning of year 2009, WALID is one of the R&D SOLWATT project, funded by the WR coordinated by HOLOLAB (ULg research group), with NANOSHAPE/AMOS and OPTIM as industrial partners. The various methods of solar concentration are one of the major paths followed in present technological competition done to reduce the competition costs of photovoltaic modules. The lenses used in solar concentration are currently single refractive lens, suffering from chromaticity problems, which implies a lower concentration ratio and a smaller coupling to III- V multi-junction cells. The aim of the project is the development of micro-patterning technology for solar concentration lenses, with potential advantage of performances increase, and compatibility with low cost high scale industrial production. In this project, CSL brought its expertise in micro-structure replication process (hot and UV embossing) for the inserts to be used for lens production.



  WALID Replication insert of refractive lens

for hot embossing and injection molding trials


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