Institute for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems (IMNS)

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.

Research Projects

  • 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

Further Information

An OLED on CMOS based microdisplay
An OLED on CMOS based microdisplay