The IEMN brings together in a single structure the bulk of regional research in a broad scientific field ranging from nanoscience to instrumentation.


Bringing together researchers with different cultures, approaches and motivations, building a continuum of knowledge from fundamental problems to applications is what makes us special today. Today, nearly 500 people, including about 100 international researchers, work together.

The core of our activities is centered on micro- and nanotechnologies and their applications in the fields of information, communication, transportation and health. Our researchers have at their disposal exceptional experimental means, in particular technology and characterization facilities whose possibilities and performances are at the best European level. IEMN is part of the network of large technology centers RENATECH.

Our scientific policy consists not only in deepening knowledge but also in establishing a privileged partnership with industrial leaders in their markets and in developing a close partnership with regional ETIs and SMEs and start-ups resulting from the IEMN.

Thanks to the dynamism of its staff, its equipment and its multiple collaborations with academia and industry, the IEMN has all the assets to play a major role in the field of micro and nanotechnologies and their applications. In particular, the institute is one of the founding partners of the Research Institute on Software and Hardware Components for Information and Advanced Communication (IRCICA) with two other laboratories (CRISTAL and PhLAM). 

The IEMN is composed of 22 research groups that are divided into 5 scientific departments:

  • Nanostructures Materials and Components
  • Micro/Nano/Bio-Systems, Waves and Microfluidics
  • Micro Nano and Optoelectronics
  • Telecommunication Technologies and Smart Systems
  • Acoustics and Integrated Systems

The IEMN - Valenciennes site

The Valenciennes site of the IEMN is located on the Mont Houy campus of the UPHF. The overall staff is about 100 people (40 Teaching -Researchers, 10 administrative staff, 35 PhD students, ...). On this site, are based 3 research groups and a team whose themes are:

  • Communications, Embedded Systems, Sensor Networks & EMC for Transportation
  • Digital Video Communications
  • Smart Radio and Radio over Fiber
  • Cyber security in ITS
  • Materials - Dielectric, Piezoelectric & Ferroic
  • Materials - Electroactive Polymers
  • High frequency acoustics (MHz-GHz) - Integrated acoustic wave characterization of interfaces and fluids
  • Acousto-optic component design
  • Acousto-optic interaction in PhoXonic crystals
  • Optoelectronic components for 'All-Optical' Communications


Historically, the Valenciennes site of the IEMN was the OAE Department of the IEMN, originating from the "Ultrasound and Hypersound" Laboratory created by Professor Michel Moriamez in 1963 at the University of Lille 1 and transferred largely to the University Center of Valenciennes (created in 1966) in the course of the years 1969 and 1970. This University Center became a University in 1971 and the laboratory then took the title "Opto-Acousto-Electronics" and was associated with the CNRS as URA 832 in 1976. The laboratory finally became part of the IEMN (The Institute of Electronics of Microelectronics and Nanotechnology, UMR 8520) created in January 1992.


In fact, the IEMN was created by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille (USTL), the Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France and the Higher Institute of Electronics and Digital (ISEN). Its objective was to bring together, in a single structure, the bulk of regional research in a field ranging from physics to applications of Electronics and thus create in Nord-Pas de Calais an Institute of European size.