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The Institute MATERIALS (Joanneum Research) has long-standing experience in managing a wide range of research co-operations, thus enabling the customers to successfully participate in national and international funded research projects. JR offers pilot lines: they feature a high level of added value from concept through simulations to prototype and pilot series production, and contain the essential processes and technologies necessary for a problem. These innovative solutions are carried out using cutting edge technologies and methods combined with state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. The companies are offered the opportunity to participate in new trends (e.g. IoT). Products can be innovated and equipped with new properties (e.g. biocompatibility, low friction, intelligence). Furthermore, existing solutions can be extended by further unique features, which can only be realized with the help/implementation of the offered key enabling technologies.

Research Areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Micro- and Nanoelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics

Key Enabling Technologies

  • Hybrid Electronics and Patterning
  • Light and Optical Technologies
  • Laser and Plasma Processing
  • Sensors and Functional Printing
  • Smart Connected Lighting

RTO competences

Products services and technological solutions


  • Scientific & technology advice
  • Study / initial disign / simulation
  • Proof of concept / lab testing of basic experimental set-up / characterisation
  • Prototyping (integrated system / sub-system) development & testing
  • Pilot line / demonstration line / pre-series



  • Printed/flexible electronics: printed RFID tags and memories for autonomous intelligent environment by the Internet of Things
  • Electronic and optical functional materials: intelligend and safe packaging of sensitive Products like food and drugs: smart labels for protection, logistics, safety from counterfeiting
  • Robotics / Human machine interaction: electronic skin for industry robots for save cooperation between man and machine
  • Intelligent / sensor-based equipment: active matrix addressing and in-pixel amplification in large area printed sensors; biocompatible transistors as biosensors in lab-on-a-foil sensor; wearable electronics; stretchable circuits for the control of sensors and displays
  • Nanostructured coatings: nanostructured surfaces, foils with decorative, optical, energy-saving, adhesive functions, microfluidic structures
  • Optical fibres: waveguides
  • Lighting: colour mixing, light control (diffractive and refractive optical elements), light coupling and light transmission (e. g. for solid-state lighting, LED)
  • Photodetectors: light guidance in modules and colouring; improved efficiency in photovoltaic modules/technology
  • Optical components & sytems: simulation, design and manufacturing of optimized optical components (diffractive, refracdtive, freeform micro-optics)
  • Laser based applications: laser beam diagnostics; advice in laser processing; process development in the fields of laser welding, laser alloying and (3D) laser cladding
  • Surfaces engineering and coatings: physical deposition methods in high vacuum; laser and plasma-assisted deposition methods (PVD, PLD, PACVD)
  • Additive manufacturing: 3D printing using lasers on metallic components
  • Intelligent seonsor-based equipment: optical sensors and instruments; sensor textiles, nanosensors and nanofibers; Lab-on-Chip technology; biosensors
  • Additive Manufacturing: maskless non-contact digital technologies, contact printing technolgies

Added Value:

  • The companies are offered the opportunity to participate in the new trends (e.g. IoT)
  • Products can be innovated and equipped with new properties (e.g. biocompatibility, low friction, intelligence)
  • Existing solutions can be extended by further unique features, which can only be realized with the help/implementation of the offered key enabling technologies.


  • Optical sensors
  • R2R-Nanoimprintlithographie
  • Printed sensors PyzoFlex
  • Plasma surface engineering
  • Digital printing technology

Market of the application

The most important market sectors are:

  • Automotive/transportation
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Food
  • ICT industry (including electronics, computer and communication related products)
  • Medical & Healthcare
  • Production technology (machinery/equipment/automation)

Three detailed examples:

Applications for large-area, low-cost, highly resolved, structured foils:

  • Organic Electronics: conductive elements for thin conductors, nanoscale electrodes for organic transistors
  • Light management: optical 2.5D structures on foils for coupling and out-coupling, light guiding
  • Biomimetic structures: 3D-structured surfaces, imitating properties of biological structures
  • Bio-analytics: cost-effective, microfluidic elements on foils for lab-on-foil systems
  • Packaging, decoration, safety, labeling: high-tech film surfacers exhibiting improved optical, mechanical and chemical behavior due to their micro- and nano-structural properties.

Applications for large-scale, low-cost printed sensors (PyzoFlex), which can be integrated into any curved or textured surface:

  • Consumer Electronics: Human-Machine-Interfaces, wearables, sport
  • Security: job safety, 360° motion detection, biometrics, access control
  • Smart city & smart living: user-oriented, efficient technologies for smart buildings/offices
  • Ambient & Assisted Living: fall detection
  • Collaborative Robotics: artificial skin
  • Life sciences: large-scale, medical diagnostics
  • Automotive industries: energy harvesting, security
  • Vibration Monitoring: for structural health, condition monitoring and Industry 4.0
  • Energy harvesting applications for low power devices

Applications for laser- and plasma-assisted coating methods:

  • Medicine: Optimization of polyurethane human implant surfaces (artificial heart) by biocompatible coatings to prevent thrombisis formation.
  • Industry: Coating of plastic gears with diamond like carbon (DLC) to improve wear resistance and reduce friction
  • Plant engineering: Using plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) in order to deposit thin layers of polymer to inner surfaces of hoses and pipes. In a combined plasma system, planar substrates and three-dimensional componenets can be treated on the surface by: plasma etching, activation, coating and fluoridation.
  • Coating materials: The functional coatings, which are only a few nanometers to a few micrometers thick and can be applied to metals, ceramics, plasticds and composites, are desireable for their biocompatible, antibacterial, anti-adhesive (non-stick), adhesive, sensory, catalytic, tribological, wear-resistant, decorative, optical, electronic, electrical, anti-corrosive, gas-permeable or impermeable, or dielectric characteristics according to the different applications in which they are used.


  • Surface, film and material characterisation methods
  • Optical Analytics
  • Structuring and deposition methods
  • Lasers and NC-controlled equipment complying with industrial standards
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Chemo- and biosensor development
  • Electronics development

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