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Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona IMB-CNM

History Over the years, the research activity of IMB-CNM in technologies, devices and integrated circuits based on the traditional Micro and Nano electronics (More Moore), has evolved into the fields of sensors, actuators, Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), microsystems and their integration as part of new electronic circuits and Smart systems to give them a greater functionality (More than Moore). The R&D activities of IMB-CNM are complemented with training of students, researchers and engineers and with technology transfer to companies. Micro and Nano electronics technologies are of horizontal nature, which allows their application to most industrial sectors. However, IMB-CNM has specialized mainly in their application in areas of great interest for both the domestic and international industrial sectors, such as energy and mobility, health and environment (including food). IMB-CNM is located in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), on the Campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), which is a privileged environment for both basic and applied/industrial research. It is a member of the Barcelona Nanotecnology Cluster-Bellaterra. The IMB-CNM as part of CSIC is also a member of the UAB Research Parc (Parc de Recerca de la UAB, PRUAB). IMB-CNM also participates in Spanish and International Technology Platforms and Networks of Excellence and has established collaborative agreements with various universities and research centers, to which it offers not only cooperation in their R&D activities but also access to the technologies available in the "Integrated Micro and Nanofabrication Clean Room". This infrastructure has been recognized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness with the National label of large-scale infrastructure (Instalación Científica y Tecnológica Singular - ICTS). The staff of IMB-CNM is around 175 persons, of which about 90 are researchers Ph.D. students. Training activities are periodically done not only for Spanish and European young researchers, but also from Latin America and the North of Africa. Research & Development The main activity of IMB-CNM is research and development, mainly oriented towards applied research in the fields of silicon-based micro and nano technologies, devices and systems. The R&D activities are mainly driven by competitive research projects, that take advantage of the use of complete micro/nanofabrication facilities ICTS. The main part of the R&D is funded by national and international collaborative projects together with highly qualified key partners. Technology Services IMB_CNM aims at helping national and international research groups to carry out R&D activities thanks to the availability of a set of complete micro and nanotechnologies and processes housed in a highly specialised Clean Room environment devoted to R&D&i of excellence, and driven by an expert team. Service is provided for Micro and Nanofabrication, but also for Physical and Electrical Characterisation, Packaging and Systems Integration. Industrial R+D+i contracts IMB-CNM provides industrial support and access to the micro and nanofabrication thanks to the operational procedures in place and to the reliability and repetitiveness of the processes offered,. Such support ranges from technology awareness to the development of basic demonstrators, or small series of prototypes. Industrial support also includes technical and consulting services on design, fabrication and application of microelectronics products, and technology transfer activities. Training IMB-CNM provides training services upon demand to the research and industry communities. Training ranges from short courses on micro/nanoelectronic technology to B.S.C. Thesis, M.S. Thesis, and longer Ph.D. Thesis and Post-Doctoral stages including Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Diffusion of Micro- and Nano-electronics culture IMB-CNM is involved in different activities addressed to diffuse and bring up micro- and nano-electronics culture into the society. These activities include the publication in newspapers or specialized magazines of articles addressed to the general public, periodical open-doors days, participation in the yearly national Science Week, and periodic talks on the scientific and technological activities specifically addressed to high-school students, including visits to the IMB-CNM Large Scale Facility (ICTS) and its Clean Room.