Image project CHARISMA

Jorge Parola and César Laia, LAQV researchers and Professors at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), are partners of the consortium that was awarded an EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) consortium grant for the project “CHARISMA - ENTREPRENEURING CHEMICAL IRREVERSIBILITY TO PROTOTYPE RESPONSIVE SMART LABELS”. The project is starting now in April 2019.


In a world in which sensors are multiplying to give information to people, a need to represent these messages in an appealing and unequivocal way appears as one of the new challenges in information and communication technologies. Based on this idea, the CHARISMA Industrial Doctoral Training elevates the concept of applied irreversibility to displays, empowering packaging industries with the tools and innovative advanced materials to engineer smart labels. “We aim at building printable smart label that, capitalizing on a sensing unit responsive to an external stimulus (e.g., temperature), will allow the irreversible colour change of a chromogenic display”, explains Jorge Parola, the responsible of the project at FCT NOVA. These smart labels are thin and flexible taking virtually no space, and thus printable on any surface


The research project has a total funding of 2.4 million euros and will run for three years. The CHARISMA network brings together nine Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in a strong interdisciplinary consortium of five academic and industrial partners: Cardiff University, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Tampere University of Technology, YNVISIBLE and LCR Hallcrest Ltd. The two academic partners and three industrial partners have state-of-the-art backgrounds in synthetic chemistry, printing, electronics system integration, and complete chromogenic solutions. The CHARISMA’s ESRs will be exposed to industrial training program on smart labels, in which theoretical and practical research schemes in device engineering and innovation are integrated with topical themes and methods imported from chemistry, physics and business. Jorge Parola and César Laia host two ESRs that will develop the industrial training in LCR Hallcrest Ltd, and the LAQV researchers will receive other ESRs of this program for the academic training.


This is the fourth European Project awarded to a consortium involving Jorge Parola and César Laia from LAQV at FCT NOVA and Davide Bonifazi from the University of Cardiff. Previously they have been awarded the following projects:

  • H2020-NMBP-05-2017: DECOCHROM - Decorative Applications for Self-Organized Molecular Electrochromic Systems
  • H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016: INFUSION - Engineering optoelectronic Interfaces: a global action intersecting Fundamental concepts and technology implementation of self-organized organic materials
  • NMP4-SL-2012-310651: SACS - Self-Assembly in Confined Space