SINFOTON Objectives

The overall objective of SINFOTON is to join human and material resources in order to develop photonic-based instruments and sensors with clearly defined relevance to the industrial sector based in the Madrid Region, while at the same time addressing the six key challenges highlighted in Horizon2020 (Public Health, Food Safety, Energy, Transport, Climate and the Society). In parallel, more fundamental activities based on nanotechnologies will be undertaken opening for novel solutions to future applications.


SINFOTON will consolidate the networking which facilitates the training of researchers in the context of current Ph.D. programmes by involving industrial experts from associated companies and highly profiled scientists from both the partners and the associated groups. Exchanges of international researchers and the recruiting of new talent are reinforced by the consortium´s participation in networks like COST TD1001, COST IC1208 and European projects RAPTADIAG, INTERREG-SUDOE y BRITESPACE.


The measurable impacts of SINFOTON will be the developed prototypes, the generated collaborative funding, the high impact publications and the planned workshops and forums planned for the early stage researchers.


The programme is organised in 7 objectives, the first one covers all the immersion aspects to promote interrelation between groups and companies. The next 4 focus on practical applications in close connection with companies and project interests. In the last two, more basic approaches are covered.





  1. Immersion, training and dissemination

1.1. Coordination & immersion

1.2. Training

1.3. Intellectual property matters and                       dissemination

  1. Instrumentation for physical parameter measurement in extreme industrial environments

2.1. Distributed temperature sensing in                    fuel transport, energy and environment

2.2. Extreme temperature monitoring in                  mechanization and industrial processes

2.3. Sensing systems based on liquid crystals

  1. Development of high-precision active systems for remote sensing

3.1. Remote active systems for greenhouse            gases measurements

3.2. LIDAR systems for high-resolution distance        measurements

3.3. Adaptive optics applied to laser beam            conformation

3.4. Development of laser sources using                  passive modulators for active sensing

  1. Instrumentation systems in energy and transport sectors

4.1. Sensing deformations, vibrations and                impacts on air and rail transport

4.2. Sensing distributed vibration and seismic          safety perimeter

  1. Photonic systems for sensory disabilities and biomedical instruments

5.1. Electro-optical instrumentation systems            for impaired people

5.2. Biosensors for detection of pathogenic            microorganisms

5.3. Augmented reality microscopy

  1. Sensors based on organic semiconductors

6.1. Heterojunction organic photodetectors

6.2. Organic waveguides

6.3. Organic emitters and detectors for                  Visible Light Communications Systems

  1. Plenoptic system, tuneable devices and nano-structures

7.1. Tuneable nano-doped lens arrays for               plenoptical imaging

7.2. Nano-structured devices

7.3. Nano-plasmonic devices employing a            structured matrix