LABEX MANUTECH-SISE is a laboratory of excellence belonging to the Université de Lyon located in the city of St Etienne, and has a national and international reputation in the science and engineering of surfaces and interfaces.

LABEX is part of the Université de Lyon St-Etienne’s scientific policy implemented through the IDEXLYON Program in collaboration with the French Federation FR 3411, and the Université de Lyon’s School of Engineering and Technology.

The aims of LABEX are to understand and control surface phenomena such as wear, friction, resistance to fatigue, chemical reactivity, wettability, optical properties and visual and tactile sensory perception. LABEX focuses on surface functionalities, especially tribology, optics and chemistry, and designs advanced manufacturing processes for surfaces and interfaces at different scales, such as ultra-light laser machining, thin films and assemblies.

LABEX MANUTECH-SISE is one of the rare LABEX in France form a public-private consortium, with four universities and engineering schools, and two R & D companies.

LABEX MANUTECH-SISE has a staff of 200. It belongs to the Université de Lyon, and is a partner of the CNRS (French National Scientific Research Center), Jean Monnet University, the Ecole Centrale de Lyon (University level engineering school), St-Etienne Ecole Nationale des Mines de St-Etienne (French national graduate engineering school), St-Etienne Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs (French national engineering school), and INSA (French Institute for applied science) Lyon.

LABEX MANUTECH-SISE is a partner :

  • of the VIAMECA competitiveness cluster
  • of several Instituts CARNOT
  • of CETIM (Technical Center for Mechanical Industry)

LABEX MANUTECH-SISE, centered around in 4 scientific axes, is closely associated with the EQUIPEX MANUTECH-USD (Ultra-fast Surface Design) in an Economic Interest Group aimed at creating jobs and activities, it has been a holder of the #French Tech Label since 2016.


The MANUTECH consortium, combining LABEX and EQUIPEX, offers an ideal combination from the scientific idea to the product and the market.



This aims of axis 3 are to :

- Characterize structured surfaces for a better understanding of tactile and visual properties

Projects :

  • SENPERVITA : the effects of strengthening or antagonism between visual and tactile perception of textured surfaces on the "perceived quality" of manufactured goods ;
  • CAPT-3D : Mapping three-dimensional textures ;
  • MORPHO-RHEO : Mechanical behavior of a textured contact: from the morphological description of the 3rd body to the rheological parameters.


- Functionalize and structure surfaces to optimize use properties

Projects :

  • LIRCOW : updatable color laser marking for secure traceability ;
  • EMITEX-ASTORIX : infrared surface emissivity to optimize the performance of heat pipes in solar thermal power plants ;
  • R2EX : design and realization of resonant networks with extreme efficiency ;
  • EMANATION : Study of the mechanisms of self-organization of metallic nanoparticles in TiO2 layers and their applications in photo-catalysis ;
  • GONIO-MIRE : Realization of a new type of color calibration chart ;
  • CONVERT : Growth of cobalt nanoparticles in glasses by thermal poling and laser irradiation.


- to model behaviors as leverage in materials engineering

Projects :

  • SCAM : Electromagnetic modeling of scattering by thin layers containing metal nanoparticles ;
  • MORPHORHEO Action : Multi-mode imaging and image analysis to connect the particle morphology of the resulting degradation of the rubbing surfaces and the rheology of the interface material from a tribological viewpoint ;
  • PHOTO-THERMO-COAT : Modeling the photonic properties of nanostructured nanocomposite coatings and Colloidal elaboration of thermoactive composites.