ThetaMetrisis introduce the FR-pOrtable tool: the USB-powered tool for accurate film characterization at the Point of Need at unbeatable price

Thanks to its unique design, FR-pOrtable is the only really portable and handheld spectroscopic reflectance tool in the market. FR-pOrtable integrates a radically designed hybrid light source, combining LED’s and incandescent bulb, which covers the 360nm – 1050nm spectral range and has very long-time & stable optical power. With FR-pOrtable the user can characterize any film or stack of films in the 25nm to 90μm thickness range, either in the lab environment or at the field becoming a truly Point of Need (PoN) tool.

Some of its unique features are:
- Small size, saving expensive lab space
- Really portable and handheld.
- No need for power supply. It draw power from the USB connection to the PC
- Low weight (600gr without the stage)
- Transmission & Absorption measurements (option)
- Large sample stage (up to 15x15cm samples)
- Adjustable distance between the sample and the probe. Thick samples can be accommodated.
- Two years of warranty
- Unbeatable price

ThetaMetrisis participates in the 3rd NANOTEXNOLOGY Expo 2013, at Thessaloniki Greece, 09-12 July 2013

At the exhibition FR-tools will be demonstrated and characterization of samples will be carried out for conference participants

The version 2.1 of FR-Monitor software was released on June 7th, 2013

FR-Monitor, is our software for the control of all modules in FR-tool series and for the measurement of thickness(es) and optical properties of film stacks. FR-Monitor has reached v2.1 and include a significant number of improvements a small fraction of which are:


  • New model for the optical properties of layers is added
  • New fitting algorithm is added
  • Extended Materials Database
FR-Monitor v2.0 Release


FR-Monitor v2.1 is available for download for both 32- and 64-bit operating systems to all our customers.

For more information please contact the technical support at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Concern for the safety of our food is growing in Europe, driven by industrialised food production and repeated crises. The majority of quantitative analytical technology currently in use is bound to the laboratory setting and therefore able to test a small fraction of approximately 1% with respect to the EU's food supplies. This hugely threatening problem of food safety requires more massive screening of food and water extending from the source to the point of consumption. A low-cost and portable system delivering analytical data to a central location would help to prevent or identify early any food safety threat outbreaks and thereby massively reduce human suffering and its associated financial cost.

Towards this direction the European project FOODSNIFFER which commenced in September 1st, 2012 aims to provide a highly-sensitive and label-free multi-analyte system. Since the system implements immunoassay principles for the lab-on-a-chip sample analysis it is extremely versatile concerning the range of analytes that could be detected, limited theoretically only by available reagents.
Because of the unique integration of photonic and electronic components on the same silicon die, the FOODSNIFFER chip will be very compact and with low power consumption requirements for its operation. The disposable chips are inserted into a cartridge which is placed into a handheld reader that is controlled by a smartphone through a custom-developed app. The software controls the disposable chip and also processes its signal and transmits the analytical results securely via the internet during the on-the-spot food safety analysis.
FOODSNIFFER will be a complete business solution which will be demonstrated in three areas of great importance to European society and regulators, viz. the detection of pesticide residues, mycotoxins and allergens in selected food categories in order to demonstrate field-based detection of harmful species at low concentrations, which is a feat unattained so far by any point-of-need system. The system requires no expertise or special resources to deliver rapid and highly accurate analytical results. The project will develop a prototype to resolve the key technological challenges. The project consortium will further develop the prototype into effective commercial and industrial solutions.
FOODSNIFFER is a collaborative project under the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission. The 4.0 M€ research project brings together 10 European partners, 4 of which are SMEs. Participants in the FOODSNIFFER Project are: NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ‘DEMOKRITOS’, (Greece) (COORDINATOR), TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT (Finland), TRUSTFOOD STICHTING (The Netherlands), JOBST TECHNOLOGIES GMBH (Germany), LIONIX BV (The Netherlands), RIKILT Wageningen UR (The Netherlands), EUROFINS ANALYTICS FRANCE SAS, UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA (Spain), UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI (Poland), THETAMETRISIS (Greece).
The FOODSNIFFER EU Project is proceeding on schedule in all respects of the silicon chip, the disposable cartridge and the reader. Preliminary tests with the previous version of the FOODSNIFFER chip produced promising results for the detection of less than one-part-per-million cow-milk protein in goat’s milk and indeed the sensitivity exceeded some laboratory standard methods. The next analytical targets planned are soy and peanut allergen and the mycotoxin, ochratoxin A.


FOOODSNIFFER is funded by the European Commission within the FP7-ICT-MNBS programme, under Grant Agreement no 318319.

For more information please visit FOODSNIFFER web-site 

The versions 2.0 of FR-Monitor software was released on February 15th, 2013

FR-Monitor, our software for the control of FR-tools and the measurement of thickness(es) and optical properties of film stacks has reached version 2.0. This version offers a great number of advantages a small fraction of which are:


  • CPU time needed for fitting has been reduced by almost an order of magnitude
  • The procedure for acquiring reference spectra has been modified and the possibility to use aluminum and silicon substrates has been added
  • New models for the measurement of ultra thick films were added
  • Navigation in the layer stack at a more user friendly way
  • 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating Systems are both supported
  • Extended Materials Database New format (ex2) substitutes the exp format of former FR-Monitor versions.
FR-Monitor v2.0 Release

For more information please contact the technical support at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


See Us At: SENSOR+TEST 2012, 22 - 24 May 2012, Nürnberg/Germany

At the exhibition, an FR-Basic along with FR-Mapper will be demonstrated. The particular combination is suitable for mapping of film thickness and refractive index of large samples, and characterization of such samples will be carried out for exhibition participants

Opticon Group partners with ThetaMetrisis to develop, high-end metrology tools for Thin Film Coating Thickness variation control.

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First Installation of PM-QE tool at Democritus University of Thrace, Electronic Engineering Dept.

We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully installed the first PM-QE tool for the characterization of photovoltaic cells, to the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. The tool completes the infrastructure of the PV group at Electronic Engineering department and will be used for the characterization of all types of solar cells through the already established collaboration with manufacturing sites

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