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Center of MicroNanoTechnology CMi

About CMi

EPFL and its partners

At the forefront of education and technological research, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) is well known outside the borders of Switzerland. EPFL's mission is centered around three areas: while maintaining an atmosphere of international collaboration. Taking advantage of the many international contacts that EPFL has, the CMi has established links with other centers around the World to exchange information and experiences in the domain of microtechnology.


Product miniaturization and development of sound manufacturing processes are major goals of microtechnology research. The availability of a clean room is mandatory for the implementation of the above tasks. Presently, researchers in physics, chemistry, electronics and materials science at EPFL are interested in performing their experimental work in such an environment. Thus, the research at CMi follows the main points described below:

The clean room

The CMi and its users

The operation of CMi is the responsibility of the staff. The staff is a team of engineers and technicians, specialists in microtechnologies who guarantee the availability of processing equipment, evaluate, install and operate processing equipment, train the users, develop new processing steps and improve the existing ones, and assist researchers with technical advice. The users of CMi are undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers. The core activities of CMi are laboratory experimentation and development of processes and techniques of interest to EPFL and to its partners. The user's access to the clean room is prioritized in the following order: All activity in the clean room is invoiced on the basis of hourly processing rate. Integration services may be carried out occasionally by the CMi staff according to the availability of its personnel