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Complex nanostructured surfaces for visual appearance design (ANR-19-CE09-0014-01)


The Nano-Appearance project has the ambition to create a real paradigm shift in visual appearance design by providing modelling tools, experimental methods and recipes to design and fabricate materials producing completely new visual effects thanks to complex nanostructured surfaces. We will exploit the numerous degrees of freedom offered by disordered ensembles of nanoresonators deposited on incorporated in stratified media to steer light scattering in reflection and transmission in the visible range.

More specifically, the Nano-Appearance project aims to

  1. Demonstrate numerically and validate experimentally our capability to predict the scattering properties of complex nanostructured surfaces;
  2. Understand how an engineering of the individual nanoresonators, of the optical thin films in which they lie and of their relative position between themselves can be exploited to manipulate the visual appearance of a surface;
  3. Demonstrate experimentally first complex nanostructured surfaces offering completely new visual effects.

The project, at the frontier of nanophotonics, colloidal chemistry, nanofabrication and computer graphics, relies on the complementarity of four teams distributed in three laboratories and with very different skills. We believe that the Nano-Appearance project has the potential to strongly impact fields as diverse as architecture, interior design, cosmetics, printing, and luxury goods.

Kick-off meeting (23 October 2019) - From left to right: Kevin Vynck, Giuseppe Leo, Glenna Drisko, Mona Treguer-Delapierre, Etienne Duguet, Adrian Hereu, Carlo Gigli, Romain Pacanowski, Giuseppe Marino. Photographer: Philippe Lalanne.


  • LP2N - Philippe LALANNE, Kevin VYNCK, Romain PACANOWSKI, Xavier GRANIER, Adrian AGREDA (post-doc), Armel PITELET (post-doc);
  • ICMCB - Glenna DRISKO, Mona TREGUER-DELAPIERRE, Etienne DUGUET, Antoine MAZEL (post-doc), Adrian HEREU (PhD student);
  • MPQ - Giuseppe LEO, Aloyse DEGIRON, Stéphan SUFFIT, Giuseppe MARINO (post-doc).
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