An Overview of MINATEC: Research, Education and Commercialization Activities


From: January 17, 2011 11:30 AM

To: January 17, 2011 12:30 PM

Publication date:

Monday, January 17, 2011
TIME: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jean-Charles Guibert Director of the Technology Transfer Office, CEA Director of MINATEC®

Invited Speaker hosted by James Castracane, CNSE

About MINATEC Grenoble, France-based MINATEC micro and nanotechnologies innovation campus is unlike any other research centre in Europe. The people who make technological innovation happen -researchers, students, and professionals from the world of industry- are all too rarely encouraged to cross the traditional boundaries of their respective fields. MINATEC brings these experts (2400 researchers, 1200 students, and 600 industrial and technology transfer specialists) together on a single 20-hectare campus, and provides them with access to state-of-the-art equipment in a unique environment (70,000m² of workspace, including 10,000m² of clean rooms) that encourages them to invent the innovations of the future together.

Who's involved? The Engineering School Phelma (Physics, Electronics, Materials Science) of Grenoble Institute of Technology offers outstanding training means for engineers and delivers a European Master degree in micro-nanotechnologies. It is the only place in Europe encompassing 700m² clean rooms (CIME Nanotech platform) dedicated to Education purposes.

MINATEC achieved a strong connection between technological research (LETI) and upstream research teams(INAC and FMNT). Therefore, MINATEC plays an important role both at the scientific production level (1600 publications/year) and at the innovation level (300 new patents in 2009). The research activities are backed by collaborative platforms opened either to industrial partners and operated 24/7 or to academic collaborations for more upstream research projects.

MINATEC research teams are committed in collaborations with industrial partners. MINATEC also benefits from the very high-tech environment of the Grenoble Region (e.g. production sites of ST Microelectronics and Soitec) and the very dynamic start-up companies created from its laboratories. Moreover, MINATEC hosts a unique group (150 people) of technology transfer experts (patent engineers, lawyers, marketing and international benchmarking teams, etc.).

MINATEC is therefore a unique place for micro and nanotechnologies in Europe.

Reaching out to the world Each year, MINATEC opens its doors to 30,000 visitors, holds or organizes 850 meetings, conferences or seminars, and receives around 120 international official delegations for in-depth campus tours. MINATEC also works closely with other global micro and nanotechnology innovation clusters in the United States, Japan, etc.

Research topics at MINATEC - Micro and nanoelectronics: design of integrated circuits and more powerful, efficient processors

- New faster and higher-capacity memories

- Microsystems: acceleration and pressure sensors,...

- Biochips and biosystems for medical testing and research

- Photonic microsystems for infrared vision and optical-fiber communications

- RF components and systems for mobile communications

Biography graduated in 1981 from Languedoc University "Institut des Sciences de l'Ingénieur de Montpellier" in Materials science and then in 1983 from Strasbourg University "Ecole d'Application des Hauts Polymères" in Polymer science.

In the 80's and 90's, Jean-Charles Guibert was actively involved in managing the development of lithographic activities and microelectronics program at CEA-Leti, one of Europe's largest microelectronics research centres.

In 2000, as deputy manager of CEA-Leti in charge of strategic marketing and international partnership development, he took an active role in the development of the MINATEC, one of the largest world-wide innovation campus in Micro-Nano-Bio Technologies.

In October 2004, Jean-Charles Guibert was appointed Director for the Technology Transfer and Commercialization activities of CEA, a leading technological research organisation in Europe (15.000 staff, 3.3 B€ annual budget). This on-going responsibility covers strategic marketing, contracts, intellectual property and spin-off creation.

In addition, Jean-Charles Guibert was elected as Director of MINATEC in June 2008 by the steering committee. His first tasks will be to foster cross-exchanges between the different institutions within Minatec and to develop an international vision and recognition.

Location: NanoFab South Auditorium | College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

Contact Information: Name: James Castracane Phone: 518-437-8686 Email: [email protected]

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