To pool high technology resources in cristal creation and to innovate via collaborative projects

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Cristal innov : a team and an expertise, excellence equipments and a high technology building in the service of your development and industrialization projects in the field of crystals and inorganic materials of high performance.

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The Rhône Alpes region gathers the main academic and industrial actors of the cristal field in France. In order to speed up innovation in this very competitive and capitalistic field, little and middle industries and local laboratories wished to pool their resources in terms of cristal creation covering the whole industrial channel in this sector: growth, machining, polishing and characterization.
In this context Cristal innov was created, coordinated by UCBL and governed by its main users.

4 cristal families were defined as priority axes by the Scientific Council :

- sapphire
- big gap semi condcutors (SiC, AlN, InP…)
- piezo and ironelectrics (Quartz HQ, LGT, LiNbO3…)
- scientillators (garnet, high energy scientillators, non linear optical…)

Those families are also opened to ceramicals and other types of hybrid materials. Environment is also better taken into account as an innovative source in terms of processes (eco-conceived processes, energetic efficiency), of circular economy (recycling), and of reduction of the ecological print (search for alternatives to toxic materials like lead in PZT).

Cristal Innov offers to all project industrial and academic leaders:
-    Project hosting in full-package boxes (controlled atmosphere, main growth facilities, with a 24h personalized and secured access
-    Provision of machining, polishing and/or characterization equipments
-    Technological service
-    Subcontracting, R&D partners
-    Co-development of processes
-    Assistance to set up collaborative projects
-    Short production of strategic cristals
-    Training

What about LIP?

LIP submitted the project to the call « regional technological platforms » and is now in charge of the monitoring of the platform.
Collaborative projects initiated in the platform dynamic also benefit from the assistance of LIP, this is why projects were submitted to calls from ANR, FUI, etc with a very good success rate.
Last but not least, LIP helps the platform positioning in the regional innovation strategy (SRI) and in the European strategy of smart specialization (S3).