Universitat de Barcelona

Micronanotecnologies i nanoscòpies per dispositius electrònics i fotònics (MIND)

General information

Recogised research group by the Generalitat de Catalunya

The MIND Research Group, Micro and Nanotechnology and nanoscopies for Electronic and Electrophotonic devices, is mainly composed of members of the Department of Electronics at the University of Barcelona . Currently, there are 13 doctors in the research team , six of which belong to the body of officials or contract or permanent, and over 15 PhD students . The group is led by Professor Albert Cornet . The researchers also belong to the group IN2UB MIND, Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the University of Barcelona.

The Group Mind is a group of excellence with the financial support of the Government of Catalonia. During períde between 2009 and 2013, the group has participated in over 30 research contracts, including 14 national projects, two European projects and 15 contracts with industry. During this time, the Group MIND has supervised 14 doctoral theses. In this period we have also published over 200 articles with an average impact factor of 3.50.

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The overall objectives of the research MIND belong to the following research areas:

  • Micro and Nanotechnolgies
  • Electrophotonics
  • nanoscopy
  • Modelling

UNESCO codes:

Key words: 035084 - Fotónica

Thematic area: 6000 - Enginyeria i Arquitectura

Research lines

  • Micro and Nanotechnologies: In the research line of Micro and Nanotechnologies the objectives are the consolidation of the synthesis and fabrication as well as the set up of new technologies that complement the former ones, allowing the design and fabrication of new advanced devices for the fields of electronics, photonics and chemical analysis.
  • Electrophotonics: The silicon based of photonic promotes the development of devices for light use based in silicon compatible processes and technology. This technology exhibit a great potential because a mature development could allow photonic-based systems already developed in microelectronics. In fact the election of silicon as technological platform ensures the reliability of technological processes and materials available for fabrication, included for mass production and reduced cost. Besides, this technology allows the combination of standard electronic performances with new photonics capabilities.
  • Nanoscopies: The main objective of nanoscopy research line is the use and development of instrumental methods as well as data treatment for cutting-edge scientific problems related to material science. This objective is mainly pursuited through Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) as fundamental tool for material characterization at the nanoscale, but complemented with Near Probe Microscopies and related techniques.
  • Modelling: Computing materials are being essential for material understanding in the last years. The use of consolidated codes based and high-performance research facilities (Marenostrum at BSC, CESCA) allows us the understanding of fundamental behaviour of materials and devices either for equilibrium properties (DFT) or conduction processes (NEGFF).