The Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems brings together researchers from integrated circuit design, system-on-chip design, microfabrication, micro-electro mechanical systems (MEMS), micro-machining and neural computation.
Research activities range from industrially-focussed process development and low-power system-on-chip design to long-term research into circuit design, system architectures, SPAD arrays, microdisplays and novel structures on silicon. In the latter context, strong links to the life sciences exist and thus "bio-electronics" and "bio-mechanics", in several forms, now provide an area of rapid growth that links the core activities within the Institute.
The Institute's facilities include a substantial design and test resource, a comprehensive silicon and MEMS fabrication capability which is based at the The Scottish Microelectronics Centre (SMC). In addition to the extensive micro/nano fabrication equipment toolset the SMC also houses analytical equipment with SEM, AFM and FIB equipment for chip visualisation and repair as well as XRF and stress measurement tools.
- IMPACT (Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-Cancer Therapy)
- REFINE: A coordinated materials programme for the sustainable reduction of spent fuel vital in a closed loop nuclear energy cycle
- Smart Microsystems
- SPADNET: Fully networked, digital components for photon-starved Biomedical Imaging Systems