IMEC Leuven

IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its staff of more than 1,650 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2008, IMEC's revenue (P&L) was estimated to 270 million euro. IMEC's More Moore research targets semiconductor scaling for 22nm node and beyond. With its More than Moore research, IMEC invents technology for nomadic embedded systems, wireless autonomous transducer solutions, biomedical electronics, photovoltaics, organic electronics and GaN power electronics. IMEC's research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technological development in industry. Its unique processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong and worldwide network position IMEC as a key partner for shaping the technology for future systems.

IMEC has recently set up a multipartner industrial affiliation program that includes biomedical activities such as bionanoelectronics based sensors and actuators important for this project but also energy scavenging and wireless low power system design. The work on bionanoelectronics is performed by a multidisciplinary team of engineers, (bio)chemists, physicists, biomedical engineers, etc., headed by Prof. L. Lagae, all focusing on the use of microelectronics, nanotechnology and (bio)chemistry for the realization of novel biomolecular sensors and lab on chip systems. We are currently expanding our biolabs (currently 600 m^2) to work together with a larger number of partners. The expertise that will be further developed in this project will be the integration of bioassays in optical microfluidic sensing systems, immobilization and spotting technologies and hetero-integration approaches for miniaturization of microfluidic chips.