Micro-Optical MEMS, micro-mirros and pico-projectors
The Arkema Group was created in October 2004 from the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. Its three business segments, Coating, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products, combine coherent and integrated industrial activities, most of which boast either world or European leading rankings, with internationally recognized brands and products. Present in over 40 countries with 15,200 employees, the Arkema Group operates 80 industrial facilities in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as sales subsidiaries in every region of the world. Arkema is a world leader in fluorinated Polymer with its PVDF based Range Kynar and Kynar Flex. It devotes a large R&D effort to develop fluorinated polymers in new energy (Photovoltaïc, Li-Ion Betteries) and smart materials with the acquisition of Piezotech in 2010. Arkema/Piezotech is specialized in the Research, development and production and the development of electroactive fluorinated-based polymers and devices.
The project will enable the design of new fluorinated materials and technologies for processing and control devices made with these materials. This will open development opportunities in the new application field of MEMS for Arkema. It will also allow Arkema to gain a better knowledge of these new industrial materials, their processing and use which will be useful for the development of products employing electroactive polymers in markets requiring devices such as actuators, microfluidic, sensors, and organic electronics.
Main role in the project:
Arkema will contribute to the project through special Polymer synthesis and structure design for optimized piezoelectric performances. Thanks to this innovative flex organic material, ARK will fit to CEA’s proof-of-concept dealing with piezo actuated micro-mirror.
Dr. Fabrice Domingues Dos Santos
Dr. Thierry Lannuzel
Dr. Nicolas Chaban