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Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN)

Research unit - UMR 8520


The Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology (IEMN) is a research unit of the University of Lille, CNRS, the Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France, Centrale Lille and Junia. Composed of ~450 people, professors, researchers, engineers, technicians, and graduate students, our institute is a leading research center in the field of micro-nano-technologies and their applications in high-speed communications, health technologies, energy, transportation, the Internet of Things and neuromorphic technologies. We possess extensive expertise in material physics and nanostructures, telecommunications circuits and systems, acoustics, photonics, fluidics and biotechnologies, with a focus on micro-nano devices. Two world-class technology platforms support both fundamental and industry-oriented research activities. Twenty-three research teams are working in five departments: Materials, nanostructures and components; Micro/nano/biosystems, waves and micro-fluidics; Micro, nano and optoelectronics; Telecommunications technologies and intelligent systems; Acoustics and integrated systems. We are open to all academic and industrial collaborations and propose services in line with our expertise.
The IEMN is located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille and Valenciennes. The main laboratory building gathers most important technological resources and the common administrative services. The branches located at the Faculty of Technology of Lille and at the Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France as well as in the JUNIA building in Lille are also dedicated to research activities.


  • Christophe Delerue
    Assistant director
  • Frédéric Lefebvre
  • Christophe Lethien
    Deputy director
  • Thierry Melin


Avenue Henri Poincaré
Campus Cité Scientifique, Université de Lille


Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology


Effectif total : 445

Personnel de recherche : 242

Personnel d'appui à la recherche : 62



Synthesis, growth and engineering of materials
• Growth of III-V semiconductor heterostructures
• Growth of graphene, hBN and transition metal dichalcogenide heterostructures by molecular beam epitaxy
• Synthesis, deposition and grafting of organic or molecular materials for electronics
• Electroactive materials for micro and nanosystems applications
• Synthesis of materials for energy storage
• Nanomaterials for electronics and health, multifunctional nanomaterials
• Nanoparticles, anti-diabetic drugs and imaging agents for diabetes
• Texturing of materials for multifunctional properties (wetting...)
• Magnetic materials in thin films
• Electromagnetic absorbers
• Passive and active metamaterials
• Textile metamaterials
• Disordered metasurfaces

Design and manufacture of components, micro-devices and circuits
• High frequency and low power electronic components
• Power components (GaN)
• Electronic components based on two-dimensional materials
• III-V components for THz
• Nanostructures and quantum components
• Components and circuits for neuro-inspired computing
• Micro energy storage devices
• Photovoltaic cells
• Microwave components and systems
• Low energy consumption integrated circuits and systems
• Bioinspired hardware architectures for eco-friendly artificial intelligence
• Integrated circuits for communication systems and embedded artificial intelligence
• Interface between biological and artificial neurons
• Functional packaging and laser micromachining for heterogeneous integration
• Thermal management, thermoelectricity Silicon
• Non-volatile memories

Design, manufacturing and applications of sensors and actuators
• MEMS and NEMS microsystems
• Bio-inspired microsystems
• Integrated and autonomous acoustic microsystems
• Biosensing systems
• Transdermal drug delivery
• Micro/nanotechnologies for neuroscience
• Photothermal and photodynamic therapy
• Devices for in vitro and ex vivo study of properties of cancer cells and parasites
• Instrumented microfluidic devices for biology and health
• Ultrasound imaging/therapy
• Non-destructive testing
• Acoustic wave generation and detection
• Health monitoring applications of structures using distributed ultrasonic sensors

Communications technologies
• Wireless communications (5G/6G)
• High reliability radio frequency links
• Implementation and characterization of broadband telecom systems
• Microwave systems for the smart city and transportation
• Robustness and security of embedded intelligent systems
• Digital communications
• Use of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning for decision making
• Fault detection and diagnosis of embedded wireline networks
• Propagation channel characterization and multi-antenna techniques
• Cybersecurity of wireless communications

Multi-physics characterization
• Electrical and microwave characterization of components (III-V, Si, SiGe, graphene)
• Microscopies and spectroscopies with local probes (STM, AFM, Kelvin...)
• Electrical, dielectric and thermal characterization of materials
• Electrical and thermal characterization of thin films at the nanometric scale
• Characterization of surfaces and interfaces by electron spectroscopy
• Test tank for the characterization of devices for underwater acoustics
• Microwave instrumentation
• Characterization of magnetic materials
• TeraHertz spectroscopy in time domain.

Modeling and simulation
• Electronic and optical structure modeling of materials.
• Atomic and molecular modeling, statistical mechanics, large scale numerical simulations
• Physics of acoustic, elastic, electromagnetic and plasmonic waves in structures
• Modeling of electronic components
• Modeling of millimeter and sub-millimeter circuits
• Numerical finite element code ATTILA
• Inverse problem solving for the control and characterization of materials and structures by acoustic waves

Example(s) of projects

• IONOS, ERC Consolidator, Fabien Alibart 🡭
• Taranto, European project 🡭
• Nanofutur (EquipEx+) 🡭

Example(s) of publications

• Challenges and prospects of 3D micro-supercapacitors for powering the internet of things, Christophe Lethien, Jean Le Bideau and Thierry Brousse, Energy Environ. Sci., 2019,12, 96-115. 🡭
• Functional Carbon Quantum Dots as Medical Countermeasures to Human Coronavirus, Aleksandra Łoczechin, Karin Séron, Alexandre Barras, Emerson Giovanelli, Sandrine Belouzard, Yen-Ting Chen, Nils Metzler-Nolte, Rabah Boukherroub, Jean Dubuisson, and Sabine Szunerits, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11, 46, 42964–42974. 🡭
• Folding a focalized acoustical vortex on a flat holographic transducer: Miniaturized selective acoustical tweezers, Michael Baudoin, Jean-Claude Gerbedoen, Antoine Riaud, Olivier Bou Matar, Nikolay Smagin and Jean-Louis Thomas, Science Advances 5 (2019). 🡭
• Single-channel 100 Gbit/s transmission using III–V UTC-PDs for future IEEE 802.15.3d wireless links in the 300 GHz band, V.K. Chinni, P. Latzel, M. Zégaoui, C. Coinon, X. Wallart, E. Peytavit, J.F. Lampin, K. Engenhardt, P. Szriftgiser, M. Zaknoune, G. Ducournau, Electronics Letters 54, 638 (2018). 🡭
• Blind Digital Modulation Identification for MIMO Systems in Railway Environments With High-Speed Channels and Impulsive Noise, Sofiane Kharbech; Iyad Dayoub; Marie Zwingelstein-Colin; Eric Pierre Simon, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology 67, 7370 (2018). 🡭

See the full list of our publications here.

Collaborations/Partners/Scientific clients

Grenoble Alpes University, Paris Saclay University, Sorbonne University, University of Artois, Inserm, CEA Grenoble, University of Bordeaux, INSA Lyon, Leonardo da Vinci Confederation University, University of Côte d'Azur, University of Nantes, INRAE, University of Lorraine, CHU Lille, University Gustave Eiffel, University of Strasbourg

• Belgium: University of Ghent, IMEC, Catholic University of Leuven
• China: Nanyang Technological University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai University
• Algeria: University of Blida
• Morocco: Mohammed First University of Oujda
• Tunisia: University of Carthage, University of Tunis El Manar, University of Monastir
• Switzerland: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
• Russia: Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk State University
• Japan: University of Tokyo
• Netherlands: University of Utrecht
• India: Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research
• United States: Brown University, University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory

Services offers

Applications sectors

  • Networks / Telecom
  • Electronic / photonics
  • Science / Research

Services provided

• Electrical characterization of components and devices in a wide range of frequencies and temperatures
• Fabrication of devices based on materials (III-V, GaN, Graphene, etc.) or meta-materials for applications covering a wide spectral range up to the Terahertz
• Development of portable non-invasive flexible biosensors
• Realization of biocompatible devices (such as 2D / 3D cell culture) to recreate pseudo-biological functions
• Microfabrication of microfluidic devices
• Development of low power and low noise components
• Fabrication of sensors and actuators based on functional materials, possibly associated with microfluidic devices
• Development of innovative devices and sensor networks for high speed and low power communications
• Design and manufacture of innovative components and systems for telecommunications, biological instrumentation and acoustic imaging
• Non-destructive testing by ultrasound
• Design and manufacture of magneto-mechanical microsystems
• Design and manufacture of sensors
• Development of piezoelectric and giant magnetostriction active materials and films
• Development of acousto-electronic components (sensors, radio-frequency filters), functional electronics
• Development of miniature and ultra low power radio modules for sensor network nodes using an ultra wide band pulse technique
• Design and realization of radiolocation and distance measurement systems using ultra wide band techniques
• Design and realization of ultra wide band digitizers (DC - 20GHz) with high resolution (>8 effective bits) and high dynamic range (>60 dB) for the digital processing of complex radar signals
• Development of multi-standard fiber-radio transmissions using acousto-optical components
• Development of passive imaging systems in mm and sub-mm range using synthetic aperture antenna techniques
• Development of non-destructive characterization devices in the microwave and millimeter range, in particular scanning near-field microwave microscopes and radiometers for biological applications and industrial process control

Training offers

• Training in micro-nano-technologies 🡭
• Design and measurements of passive microwave functions 🡭
• Near-field microscopy 🡭

Consulting services

We provide consulting services related to all our areas of expertise.

Offres technologiques


The IEMN facilities gather in a whole, more than 30 M€ state-of-the-art equipments available for external users through collaborations or services.

For details, see the following links:
• https://www.iemn.fr/plates-formes/cmnf/equipements
• https://www.iemn.fr/plates-formes/caracterisation-haute-frequence
• https://www.iemn.fr/plates-formes/microscopie-champ-proche
• https://www.iemn.fr/plates-formes/compatibilite-electro-magnetique

Examples of equipment available on our platforms:


Affiliated institutions / organisations



Doctoral schools

Regional strategic areas of activity

  • Digital World and Robotics
    • Electronics
    • Internet of things, cloud computing and big data
    • Telecom, networks, photonics
  • Energy and Environment
    • Energy efficiency and storage
  • Health and Nutrition
    • Medicine of the future: new health equipment and e-health
  • Transport and Mobility
    • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles