Institute of Microelectronics of Barcelona IMB-CNM   

IMB-CNM Facebookchannel  IMB-CNM Linkedin channel  IMB-CNM Youtube channel  IMB-CNM RSS channel  Contact with IMB-CNM  Login to IMB-CNM Intranet

Micro and Nanotechnology research for you

  • IMB-CNM Microelectronics Research and Development centre in Spain

  • Research groups dedicated to the field of Micro and Nano Integrated Systems

  • Integrated Clean room for Micro and Nano fabrication

  • IMB-CNM scientific papers published in journals

  • Image IMB-CNM

Welcome to the IMB-CNM


Welcome to the web page of the Barcelona Microelectronics Institute of the National Microelectronics Centre-CSIC.

Micro/Nano electronics, Photonics and Smart Systems have been identified by the European Commission as a fundamental part of the KETS-Key Enabling Technologies, which are the basis for the improvement of the innovation capability of the European industry. These technologies have a high economic potential and the capability to contribute to solve the current societal challenges.

Electronic systems are part of our lives for several decades now. The evolution of microelectronics has enabled its introduction as an essential part of multiple products that can benefit any sector of the economy, by including properties such as a higher product intelligence or more sustainability.

The IMB-CNM aims to contribute to these goals with a high level set of researchers and facilities, unique in the South of Europe. Not only we can offer our know-how to collaborate with you on designing and fabricating new micro and nanoelectronics components, circuits and systems, but also we can provide you education and training at the different stages of your scientific or engineering career. IMB-CNM is a research centre belonging to CSIC, placed in Barcelona and, more specifically being part of the Campus of Excellence of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), that is a cluster of scientific activity that may perfectly fit with your needs.

We thank you for visiting the web site of our institute and we hope that the R&D activities that we are doing can be of your interest. Please feel free to contact us for any collaboration or visit in which you may be thinking of.

News & Events

First ESCOLAB Activity for high school students

On February 15th the first ESCOLAB Activity for high school students at IMB-CNM was performed: “Electrochemical detection of C vitamin with thick film sensors”.

 NEWS  2017-02-20 

The UAB Research Park launches the second edition of the Engega! programme

The Engega! programme is a training initiative to help UAB-campus researchers generate market solutions for the energy efficiency and clean technologies sector. Participation is free for members the UAB community and deadline for applications is 9 February 2017.

 NEWS  2017-01-18 

Best PhD Thesis Awards

The Autonomous University of Barcelona has given the Best PhD Thesis awards to Anton Guimerà (Engineering and Telecommunications) and Núria Torras (Engineering), for their thesis research that was performed at IMB-CNM.

 NEWS  2016-11-22 

IMB-CNM offers two postdoctoral fellowships under the P-SPHERE project

IMB-CNM offers two postdoctoral fellowships under the P-SPHERE project, a Cofund Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, in the topics “Directed self-assembly of block co-polymers for nanoelectronics and nanomechanics” and “Research on Advanced Power Packaging Techniques”. The deadline is 9 December 2016. More information here

 NEWS  2016-11-11 

Science Week in November

During the Science Week in November, the "Zenon Navarro" Microelectronics Museum Space of IMB-CNM will be open for visits.

 EVENTS  2016-11-07 

Recent publications

Robust L-malate bienzymatic biosensor to enable the on-site monitoring of malolactic fermentation of red wines
P. Giménez-Gómez et al.; Anal. Chim. Acta 954 (2017) 105-113. The development of an amperometric biosensor for L-malate determination showing long-term stability is reported in this work. The biosensor is based on a thin-film gold electrochemical transducer and a three-dimensional membrane of polypyrrole entrapping malate dehydrogenase and diaphorase enzymes. It was applied to monitor the malolactic fermentation of three red wines, showing a good agreement with the standard colorimetric method.


Solid contact ion sensor with conducting polymer layer copolymerized with the ion-selective membrane for determination of calcium in blood serum
Natalia Abramova et al.; Analytica Chimica Acta, vol. 943, 2016, pp. 50-57. A new solid contact ion selective electrode with intermediate conducting polymer (CP) layer formed by electropolymerization on a gold electrode of a bifunctional monomer, n-phenyl-ethylenediaminemethacrylamide (NPEDMA), which contains a methacrylamide group attached to aniline, is presented. Ion-selective membrane based on acrylated urethane polymer was shown to co-polymerize with the CP forming highly adhesive boundary. The designed ion-selective electrode was successfully used for determination of total calcium ion concentration in blood serum samples.


Multiple actuation microvalves in wax microfluidics
María Díaz-González et al.; Lab Chip, 2016,16, 3969-3976. A new type of electrically controlled and fully integrated wax microvalve is described in this work. The valve is designed for multiple actuation and has a small footprint (< 0.5 mm2), fast response (< 0.3 s) and low energy consumption (< 35 mJ).


Impedimetric antimicrobial peptide-based sensor for the early detection of periodontopathogenic bacteria
Mireia Hoyos-Nogués et al.; Biosensors and Bioelectronics, vol. 86, 2016, pp.377-385. The aim of the present study was to combine the use of miniaturized and integrated impedimetric transducers and antimicrobial peptide AMPs to obtain biosensors with high sensitivity to monitor bacterial colonization to prevent implant-related infections.. Streptococcus sanguinis, which is one of the most prevalent strains in the onset of periodontal diseases, was used as a model of oral bacteria. To this end, a potent AMP derived from human lactoferrin was synthesized and covalently immobilized on interdigitated electrode arrays (IDEA). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were employed to optimize and characterize the method of immobilization.


Polysilicon-chromium-gold intracellular chips for multi-functional biomedical applications
S.Durán et al.; Nanoscale, 2016,8, 8773-8783 . In this work, the feasibility of using multi-material pSi-Cr-Au intracellular chips for multifunctional applications by characterizing their interactions with two different cell lines, one tumorigenic and one non-tumorigenic has been explored.


Study From Cryogenic to High Temperatures of the High- and Low-Resistance-State Currents of ReRAM Ni–HfO2–Si Capacitors
C.Vaca et al.; IEEE Trans. Electron Devices 63 (5), pp. 1877-1883 (2016). Resistive switching conduction in Ni/HfO2/Si capacitors is studied at temperatures ranging from 77 to 473 K. A model for the low-resistance state (LRS) consistent with the experimental data is proposed. The LRS current–voltage curves show a maximum resistance, R0, at zero bias and a minimum value, R, at voltages close to reset, which indicates a departure from linearity. A three-parameter model for the I–V curves is reported and its temperature dependence analyzed.


Full Review William Hill