Use a new generation photomobile polymer that allows devices to move when stimulated by a light source to create smart optical and opto-electronic systems. This is the objective of the European PULSE-COM (Photo-piezo-actUators based on Light SEnsitive COMposite) coordinated by the CNR and by Dr. Lucia Petti of the ISASI Institute, which originates from a patent developed with ENEA, and with the University of Grenoble, entitled “Energy Conversion Device and Production Method”. The patent, already extended to Europe and the United States, aims to create a new class of innovative, photo-activated devices intended for a vast range of applications. The devices will be integrated into more complex optoelectronic systems through high-risk incremental research funded by a European Community FET project with the aim of arriving at a pioneering industrial implementation. In particular, the implementation will concern cutting-edge applications such as opto-switches and opto-microvalves, reconfigurable optics and energy harvesting systems. The ISASI Smart Materials Laboratory under the responsibility of Dr. Petti, was the leader of the WP1 research line “Preparation of materials and design of photomobile (PMP) and piezoelectric (PZL) devices” conducted under the guidance of Dr. Domenico Sagnelli , while Dr. Giuseppe Nenna of the ENEA Nano Materials and Devices Laboratory is the scientific director of the project.
Thanks to the multi-year collaboration of the two institutes, in April (24 – 27 April 2023 Prague) a conference entitled “Smart Materials for Opto-Electronic Applications” will be held within the SPIE Optoelectronics conference organized and chaired by Dr. Ivo Rendina (Director ISASI-CNR), Dr. Lucia Petti (ISASI-CNR), Dr. Giuseppe Nenna (ENEA researcher) and Dr. Domenico Sagnelli (ISASI-CNR).