The research activity of the IMB-CNM is organized transversally into three thematic axes and a technology unit. The research lines of each group are distributed in the different axes to encourage collaboration among the entire institute.
It aims to find solutions to the challenges relating to the energy transition. Research covers topics such as autonomous energy systems, emission-free mobility and smart grid implementation. These activities influence all aspects of the electrical energy value chain, including its generation and storage, energy conversion, and efficient and reliable use.
It aims to take advantage of IMB-CNM's multidisciplinary skills in μ/η fabrication technologies and local characterization techniques to use its knowledge not only to face the societal challenges of HE in civil security (eg. radiation detection, cybersecurity) or space industry, but also to contribute to the advancement of scientific instrumentation in experimental physics, such as in the fields of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and space exploration. In addition, it brings together a recognized active group of researchers involved in the training of young researchers and engineers in said experience(s) in a multinational environment.
The goal is to develop new monitoring tools, making use of the latest advances in micro-nano technologies to cover a wide range of applications ranging from single cell analysis to the environment. The axis works as a framework to generate scientific exchanges and discussions to balance the technological drive to carry out cutting-edge research and the application of the needs of end users (medical community, patients or industry), as well as to promote the transfer of such technologies to the society.
The Integrated Clean Room for Micro and Nanofabrication is an open access facility to support R+D+i activities at a national or international level. It has a complete set of micro and nanotechnologies and processes housed in a highly specialized Clean Room environment, driven by an expert team. Said support ranges from knowledge of the technology to the development of basic demonstrators or small series of prototypes. It is one of the three nodes of the MicroNanoFabs Unique Scientific and Technological Infrastructure (ICTS).
The Unit of Technologies and Advanced Processes for Micro and Nanosystems of the IMB-CNM includes research staff from the institute and technologists from the ICTS to share knowledge and agree on strategic decisions.