Welcome to CREO Labs!


Areas of Activity

Smart Sensors

Optoelectronic sensors for security, environment and health.

Space Technologies

Flexible and smart Optical Solar Reflectors, thermo-optical coatings, Anti ESD and other functional layers.


Optical & radiometric characterizations, thin-films, micro-devices, and sensors prototyping.


(ESA Artes C&G)

Technology and Product Development of First-Surface Flexible Optical Solar Reflectors

(EC H2020)

SMART and FLEXible Optical Solar Reflectors

(EC H2020)

META-material flexible Optical Solar Reflectors

(EU H2020)

Remotely Operated CBRNe Scene Assessment and Forensic Examination

(EU H2020)

Real-tIme on-site forenSic tracE qualificatioN

(EC FP7)

Rapid screening and identification of illegal Drugs by IR Absorption spectroscopy and gas Chromatography

Full Archive


a long journey

  • 1990

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Funded in L’Aquila, the Center is initially focused on the growth of Cadmium Mercury Telluride materials for InfraRed detectors.

  • 1996

    A new way to IR sensing

    CREO starts the development of bolometer-arrays based on Vanadium Oxide, and focuses on large area bolometers for special applications requiring high signal-to-noise ratio and simplified electronics.

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    Early 2000s

    Smart sensing

    Activities are oriented to the development of IR smart sensors and applications. In the frame of the EDA project ‘CANARIO’, CREO delivers a sensor of chemical threats based on home-made bolometer arrays.

  • 2005

    Coatings for Space

    ‘Taking advantage of 20 years experience in thin film technology, CREO qualifies its first anti-ESD coating in the frame of the Cosmo SkyMed program.

  • 2010

    Thermo Optical Coatings for harsh environments

    CREO qualifies its first thermo-optical coating, named ‘Interferential CERMET’ on parts of a high gain antenna for the BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

  • 2015

    From rigid to flexible

    CREO starts the development of the First-Flex technology, that aims at applying the Interferential CERMET coating on flexible substrates for a new generation of Optical Solar Reflectors.

  • 2016 - today

    Metamaterials with variable emittance

    With META-REFLECTOR and SMART-FLEX projects, CREO paves the way for Smart-OSRs with a temperature-dependent emissivity by coupling thin-film technology, plasmonics, and thermochromic materials.

  • 2018

    Sensing on board RGVs

    CREO delivers chemical sensors and sampling system for use on board RGVs. One of the sensor is built in cooperation with CNR-IMM and based upon patent-pending GC-PAS technology.

  • 2022

    Soon on the market

    CREO will complete the space qualification of the FIRST-FLEX Optical Solar Reflectors product.

  • CREDITS: ESA - European Space Agency

    5 December 2025

    Arrival at Mercury

    Our first thermo-optical coating will arrive at Mercury on board the BepiColombo MPO module.

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Phone: +39 0862 346 1 - Fax: +39 0862 346 201
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