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U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit

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U8. Micro – Nano Technology Unit

  • Scientific Director: Dr. Rosa Villa rosa.villa@imb-cnm.csic.es
  • Scientific Coordinator: Dr. Xavier Illa xavier.illa@imb-cnm.csic.es
  • Entities: Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona – Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica (IMB-CNM, CSIC)
  • Address: Campus UAB, 08193, Cerdanyola del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain
  • Phone: +34 935 947 700 ext. 1208
  • Web: IMB – CNM, CSIC
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This Micro-Nano Technologies Unit is located in the Microelectronic Institute of Barcelona, (IMB-CNM, CSIC) and it is coordinated by Dra Rosa Villa.

The unit has the capacity for producing high quality CVD-graphene and, thanks to the integration of the unit in the clean room facilities of the IMB-CNM*, it is possible to complete a wide range of micro- and nanofabrication processes (thermal processes and CVD, metallization, photolithography, dry and wet etching, etc.) for the complete fabrication of graphene-based microdevices. The unit also comprises the equipment that allow the fabrication of such devices in flexible substrates like Polyimide and Parylene to build biocompatible implants and neuroprosthesis. In addition, the unit has the capacity for the encapsulation and electrical characterization of the fabricated devices.

The clean-room facility of the IMB-CNM is the largest installation with micro-nano technologies facilities in Spain. Its 1500 m2 Clean Room classes 10 to 10,000 are part of the MICRONANOFABS network, considered as Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS).


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Active projects

TitleFundin: OrganismCall: Funding source Role
GA: 696656 Graphene-based disruptive technologies — GrapheneCore1 Unión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-Adhoc-2014-20Partner
GA: 785219Graphene Flagship Core Project-2 — GrapheneCore2’ Unión Europea (Comisión Europea)H202-SGA-FET-GRAPHENE-2017Partner
GA: 649953GRAPHENE FPA – FLAGSHIP - Graphene-based revolutions in ICT and beyondUnión Europea (Comisión Europea)H2020-FETFLAG-2014Partner
SAF2017-90810-REDIStrategic Promotion and coordinated management of Nanbiosis: Pronanbiosis IIAgencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)Acciones de dinamización «REDES DE EXCELENCIA» -ICTS 2017Coordinator

Other projects

RefTitleFunding OrganismUnit Role
H2020-Adhoc-2014-20 - 696656GrapheneCore1European CommissionParticipant
FP7-ICT-2013-FET-F - 604391Neurographene: Neurological Recordings with GrapheneEUROPEAN COMISSIONOthers
IMI Grant agreement No 115902Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse in Central Nervous System Disorders (RADAR-CNS)Others



  • Moya A., Sowade E., del Campo F.J., Mitra K.Y., Ramon E., Villa R. et al. All-inkjet-printed dissolved oxygen sensors on flexible plastic substrates. Organic Electronics: physics, materials, applications. 2016;39:168-176.
  • Yeste J., Illa X., Gutierrez C., Sole M., Guimera A., Villa R.. Geometric correction factor for transepithelial electrical resistance measurements in transwell and microfluidic cell cultures. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 2016;49(37):-.
  • Hernando A., Lazaro J., Gil E., Arza A., Garzon J.M., Lopez-Anton R. et al. Inclusion of Respiratory Frequency Information in Heart Rate Variability Analysis for Stress Assessment. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. 2016;20(4):1016-1025.

News U8

09 Apr

New organ-on-chip models provide new information for targeted treatments in personalised medicine

Xavi Illa, Gemma Gabriel, Mar Alvarez and Rosa Villa, researchers of NANBIOSIS ICTS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit (from CIBER-BBN and the IMB-CNM-CSIC). are co-authors of two reviews that summarise the latest efforts in organ-on-chip technologies to emulate in vitro microfluidic systems. These devices are an opportunity to evolve the fields of biofabrication and sensing technology. Organ-on-chip (OOC) technology has been an efficient tool in modern research to substitute laboratory mice and simulate tissue and organ-level physiology and function. In particular, these in vitro devices have been extensively applied to model the intestine, enhancing the research community’s knowledge about intestina[...]

11 Mar

Modulation of intercolumnar synchronization by endogenous electric fields in cerebral cortex with neuroprobes by NANBIOSIS unit 8

The collaboration of NANBIOSIS U8 Micro–Nano Technology Unit of the CIBER in Bioengineering, Biomaterials & Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) at the IMB-CNM in the research carried out by scientist of Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Université Paris-Saclay, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and ICREA has bien acknowledged in the publication of the results by Science Advances. Rosa Villa and Xavi Illa have been in charge of the fabrication of the probes used, more specifically, neuroprobes were designed and manufactured with 16 Ti / Au microelectrodes (20 / 200nm) on flexible polyimide substrates with open areas to improv[...]

03 Mar

Graphene sensors read low-frequency neural waves associated with distinct brain states

Xavier Illa, Anton Guimrea y Eduard Masvidal, researchers of the CIBER-BBN group GAB Lab at IMB-CNM led by Rosa Villa, are coauthors of a study recently published in “Nature Communication”, in which it is demonstrated that graphene-based active sensor arrays are a mature technology for large-scale application in wide frequency band neural sensing interfaces. NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit has been used in the development of the research. This research has been carruied out within the framework of the European Project “Graphene Flagship. The scientists have developed a sensor based on CVD graphene that detects brain signals in a wide frequency[...]

11 Feb

NANBIOSIS Scientific Women in the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a day to raise awareness of the gender gap in science and technology. According to the United Nations, while yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science, science and gender equality are vital to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, in recent years, the international community has made a great effort to inspire and promote the participation of women and girls in science. NANBIOSIS wants to acknowledge  the efforts made by scientific women who struggle every day to contribut[...]

24 Jan

Hybridization of men and machines, with Rosa Villa

Prof. Rosa Villa, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit, and group leader of the research group of biomedical applications of ICNM–CSIC and CIBER-BBN, has participated in the program of National Radio of Spain “The Open Future: Biobots” led by Tato Puerto. Following the recent presentation by a team of American scientists of the design of “reprogrammable organisms”, halfway between a robot and a living being, that is, an extraordinary living machine made from frog cells, the program of National Radio of Spain called “Open Future” has dedicated a session to explain what are “Biobots” and to generat[...]

12 Jan

Graphene active sensor arrays for long-term and wireless mapping of wide frequency band epicortical brain activity

Researchers of Nanbiosis U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit, from CIBER-BBN and IMB-CNM-CSCIC have published an article in Nature Communications on Graphene arrays for long-term and wireless mapping of epicortical brain activity. A collaborative work in the framework of the Brain Com and Graphene EU projects. The article mentions the participation of NANBIOSIS-ICTS. Graphene active sensors have demonstrated promising capabilities for the detection of electrophysiological signals in the brain. Their functional properties, together with their flexibility as well as their expected stability and biocompatibility have raised them as a promising building block for large-scale sensing neural interfaces. However, in order to[...]

10 Jan

Inkjet Priting Technology, Manufacture and validation of electrochemical sensors in medical applications

Miguel Zea, a member of the NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit presents a video explaining his research is based on the manufacture and validation of electrochemical sensors in medical applications: –“Using InkJet printing I have made sensors in different plastics and paper. Also using a novel approach in each sensor. I have made two pH sensors using novel Platinum and polymer inks and also a cortisol sensor on paper”. With this video, Miguel Zea, participates in the second edition of ‘I investigate, I am CSIC’. It is a competition hold by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for its[...]

18 Dec

Printed sensors, a low cost alternative for clinical detection

In today’s society there is a great interest in developing new technologies that allow low-cost mass manufacturing, also called “rapid prototyping” or “additive manufacturing”. Rapid prototyping includes technologies such as sterolithography, 3D printing, laser sintering or printed electronics, among others. All of these share digital design and manufacturing from the consecutive addition of layers, that is, techniques that allow creating almost any shape or geometric feature in a very fast time.Printed electronics consists of printing inks on different types of substrates such as textiles, plastics, papers or films to make them “smart”. This technique is presented as an alternative to[...]