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Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)



The UCL Laboratories are part of the CERMIN (UCL Research centre for micro- and nano- materials and electronics devices). They form a multidisciplinary team, involving device physicists, technologists and experimentalists, as well as analog, RF and digital circuit designers. Current activities focus on innovative device fabrication, extensive DC to RF characterization and simulation.


Number of persons working in the Nanoelectronics field:

46 persons (12 Prof. Researchers, 25 PhDs, 5 process engineers, 4 technicians)


Main Research activities in Nanoelectronics

Design, Fabrication, Simulation, Modelling or Characterization of:

  • advanced MOS SOI structures : double-gate, Silicon-on-Nothing, Schottky barrier, graded channel, FinFET…
  • new materials : plastic / molecular
  • SOI substrate engineering : ultra-thin films, wafer bonding, cavities, high ohmic RF…
  • MEMS/sensors : nanowires (biological, DNA), thin films (temperature, UV, magnetic), membranes (pressure, flow, gas composition), 3D out-of-plane cantilevers (flow, magnetic, temperature, hydrogen)
  • CMOS circuits : analog / digital / RF, ultra-low-power, high-temperature, rad-hard…


Research facilities


Micro-nano-fabrication infrastructure (WINFAB, 1000 sqm.)

Electrical characterization platform (400 sqm.):

wideband (DC - 110 GHz), large temperature range (mK - 350°C)

Simulation tools:

Silvaco, ISE, IE3D, ADS, Comsol, Ansys, SoftMEMS, Coventor, Cadence, Mentor, ELDO, Spectre...



Doctoral courses
At least one course per year on nanoelectronics topics



  • 4 FP6 and 4 FP7 European projects,
  • Over 20 national projects


1 spin-off (CISSOID), 3 spin-off projects


Publications (in 2007)

  • 36 articles
  • 15 invited presentations
  • 55 conference abstracts



Denis Flandre