No more counterfeited goods (NoFakes) – FNR/Pathfinder, 2020

Interdisciplinary Research Group in Socio-technical Cybersecurity

No more counterfeited goods

No more counterfeited goods (NoFakes) – FNR/Pathfinder, 2020

NOFAKEs Authentication Technology focuses on the development of algorithms to capture, extract, and process the encoded information of Cholesteric Spherical Reflectors (CSRs). CSRs behave as optical unclonable functions when coated in a transparent matrix, called CSR-tags. 

CSR-tags can be potentially used for anti-counterfeit purposes because they produce unpredictable and unique optical reflection patterns that can be captured with unexpensive cameras. The features extraction as well the authentication protocol are key components to define whether a tag is authentic or fake. 

NOFAKES project has a close collaboration with the Experimental Soft Matter Physics (ESMP) group from the Physics & Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg. We have also established industrial collaborations with companies that are interested in implementing anti-counterfeiting technologies, and companies that already use some anti-counterfeiting technologies, but are interested in testing other novel solutions.

Partner companies:

  • United Caps – packaging industry, Luxemburg-basedcompany.I.G.
  • Bressan– pharmaceutical packaging sector, based in Italy.



Cholesteric Liquid Crystal Shells as Enabling Material for Information-Rich Design and Architecture
Mathew Schwartz, Gabriele Lenzini, Yong Geng, Peter B. Rønne, Peter Y. A. Ryan, Jan P. F. Lagerwall
Advanced Materials
Security in the Shell : An Optical Physical Unclonable Function made of Shells of Cholesteric Liquid Crystals
Gabriele Lenzini ; Samir Ouchani ; Peter Roenne ; Peter Y. A. Ryan ; Yong Geng ; Jan Lagerwall ; Noh Junghyun
2017 IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security (WIFS)

In December 2020, the NOFAKES project was granted with the Proof-of-Concept (PoC20/15299666 – NOFAKES-PoCby the FNR Agency. 

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