Collaborative European Technology Platform for innovation


In response to the industrial demand for high-performance crystals that are difficult to supply,
Cristal Innov has specialized in its own range of products and services:


By producing and shaping its own crystals, Cristal Innov guarantees the quality and traceability of its products from the raw material.


Expertise in piezoelectric crystals
  • Very high-quality crystals and piezoelectric parts for harsh applications (resistance to radiation…) and strategic applications (defense, aerospace…).
  • Production by hydrothermal growth of right-handed quartz.
▶ Blanks - ▶ Wafers - ▶ Substrates


Components for resonators, sensors, actuators
  • Crystals and piezoelectric parts for harsh applications (high temperature, corrosion…) and strategic applications (defense, aerospace…).
  • Continuous production or custom-made products.
▶ Wafers - ▶ Rings

Fields of application

Time measuring accuracy is a strategic issue for the space industry.
Cristal Innov develops a range of components for ultra-stable, more compact and radiation resistant quartz clocks.
In aeronautics, safety is a challenge and a source of innovation.
Cristal Innov offers materials for sensors and accelerometers that can resist in harsh environments, at more than 500 °C. Wired or wireless sensors, integration of the active component on MEMS: the innovation potential is high.
More environment and health-friendly materials, such as lead-free crystals for ultrasound probes.
Innovative biosensors for reagentless diagnosis using quartz microbalance.
Hard material precision micro-machining.
Quartz wafers are mainly used in defense strategic areas of navigation and timing.
The DGA (French defense procurement agency), which supports Cristal Innov, is also interested in the disruptive innovations developed on the platform.

Crystals > Substrates & processes

Fondée en 2011 par un partenariat entre industriels et laboratoires d’Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Pilotée par l’Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1. Dotée d’une gouvernance collégiale. Inscrite dans l’écosystème d’innovation régional. Soutenue par les collectivités territoriales.

Founded in 2011 by a partnership between industrial manufacturers and laboratories from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

plateforme de production
Production platform

354 Voie Magellan - Bât. Cleanspace
Parc d’activité Alpespace
Sainte-Hélène-du-Lac 73800 France
+33 (0)619 23 40 56


Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
L’Atrium - CS 32009
Villeurbanne cedex 69616 France

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Cofinancé par / co-funded by

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