e-mail : safir@unilim.fr

Surface Advanced Functionalization for Industry and Research

Created by an industrial (SAFRAN, OERLIKON) and academic (IRCER, its CNRS and University of Limoges supervisors) consortium,

SAFIR is an open technology platform, unique in Europe, in the field of dry process surface treatments.

Ressources and services

SAFIR is based on the combination of IRCER’s expertise in technical ceramics, surface treatment and laser processes, Oerlikon’s expertise in surface technologies and Safran’s expertise in the design of critical products and systems.

Collaborative research

SAFIR is available, upon request, to any company/organization wishing to realize specific function coatings by dry process (except direct competition with the industrials founders) on a TRL level rangingfrom 3 to 6: feasibility study, proof of concept (POC), characterization, etc.


This offer, on a TRL level ranging from 1 to 3, is designed to develop collaborative projects based on calls for projects (regional, national, European, international) or private contract (CIFRE thesis) to optimize, improve and adapt innovative surface functionalities.


The platform offers professional train-ing courses dedicated to dry process surface treatments and coatings, in
particular ceramic-based coatings and their applications for engineers and
technicians from small and medium-sized companies and large industrial groups. It also offers initial training.

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The Consortium

Safran is an international high-technology group operating in the aerospace (propulsion, equipment and interiors), space and defense markets. Our mission is to make a lasting contribution to a safer world, where air travel is increasingly environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. With operations on every continent, the Group has 84,000 employees and holds, alone or in partnership, world or European leadership positions in its markets.

Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) designs materials, equipment and functional surfaces while providing its customers with expert services to improve and extend the life of their products. A leading global technology and engineering group, Oerlikon operates in two segments – Surface Treatments and Synthetic Fibers – and has more than 11,000 employees at 182 sites in 37 countries.

The Institute of Research on Ceramics (IRCER) (Mixed Research Unit 7315 under the supervision of the University of Limoges and the CNRS) aims to strengthen the international leadership of the ceramics sector and to increase its performance by exploiting the synergy and transversality between all the regional players in research on ceramics and associated processes.