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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. Gemma Gabriel gemma.gabriel@imb-cnm.csic.es
  • Entities: Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona – Cenro Nacioal 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) which is the largest installation with micro-nano technologies facilities in Spain. Its 1500 m2 Clean Room classes 10 to 10,000 are considered as Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS). The platform is coordinated by Dra Rosa Villa and this unit is based on a CVD (chemical vapor deposition) equipment for the controlled growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The integration of the unit in the clean room facilities of the IMB-CNM enables a complete range of processes (thermal processes and CVD, metallization, photolithography, dry and wet etching) for the complete fabrication of MNBS devices. So, from the platform it is supported the whole MNBS fabrication steps: the customization of the technology needed, the design of the devices, the complete fabrication process, their encapsulation, the characterization and test up to the technological support on the experimental uses.

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

26 Jul

Innovation Radar “Great EU-funded Innovations”

The Innovation Radar Platform is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes based on their market readiness. Researchers of NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit, led by Rosa Villa, contribute to the @InnoRadarEU with two innovations related to their research on graphene-based neuroprobes: Flexible neural probes for monitoring infraslow brain activity This innovation was developed under the Horizon 2020 project GrapheneCore2 by CONSORCIO CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION BIOMEDICA EN RED (CIBER), FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA (ICN2) and AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS (CSIC) Multiplexed Neurosensor Arrays based[...]

16 Jul

Unlocking the brain with novel graphene technology

Researchers of NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit of CIBER-BBN at the Barcelona Institute of Microelectronics have participated in the recent developments of a new graphene-based detection platform that could be the gateway to unlock superior understanding of the brain by providing a measure of high brain activity resolution and in real time. This research has been developed within the framework of the EU BrainCom project. The European Union’s Horizon 2020 research project, BrainCom, is coordinated by the ICN2 Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group led by Professor José A. Garrido and the CIBER BBN GBIO Group and the Nanbiosis[...]

14 Apr

Rosa Villa, Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U8, New CIBER-BBN group leader

Rosa Villa Sanz, the Scientific Director of NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit was appointed group leader the CIBER during the last meeting of the Permanent Commission of CIBER-BBN, replacing Prof. Jordi Aguiló. Rosa Villa Sanz, graduated in Medicine from the University of Barcelona and has a doctorate from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1993 and a specialist in Nuclear Medicine (MIR-Hospital de Bellvitge-Barcelona), is a scientific researcher at the CSIC and leader of the Biomedical Applications Group of the Barcelona Institute of Microelectronics (CSIC), whose main research interests are the design and manufacture of Micro and Nano Systems[...]

17 Feb

Organ-on-chip monitoring. Breakthrough technological approximations

Organ-on-chip (OOC) is the term used to define a microfluidic 3D culture model that contains continuously perfused chambers inhabited by living cells. OOC are considered as very promising tools for investigating many aspects of human physiology and pathophysiology as well as drug testing platforms with future progressions to be used for precision medicine. As the complexity of OOC systems increases, the necessity to integrate relevant assessment methods to provide information about cell physiology, secreted metabolites as well as pharmacodynamics drug responses also increases. Dr. Rosa Villa, who leads NANBIOSIS U8 Nano Technology Unit and the Biomedical Applications Group of t[...]

27 Jan

Researchers from NANBIOSIS Unit 8 opt for the Cutting-Edge Science Award: How to measure brain’s hidden activity.

La Vanguardia and the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera have jointly promoted for the tenth consecutive year the Cutting-Edge Science Award “La Vanguardia de la Ciencia”, with the objective of givin visibility to the research of excellence carried out in Spain. The prize will correspond to the proposal candidate most voted by the public. One of the 8 selected candidates is the research led by Anton Guimerà-Brunet (NANBIOSIS Unit 8 -Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona-CNM-CSIC / CIBER-BBN) and Jose Garrido (Institut Català de Nanociències i Nanotecnologia / Icrea), for developing graphene implants capable of measuring the hidden activity of the brain[...]

13 Dec

Inkjet printing and paper sensors to control different analytes with low cost technologies

‘I investigate, I am CSIC’ is a competition hold by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for its doctoral students to disseminate their doctoral thesis. Through short videos of maximum duration of 3 minutes, predoctoral scientists explain their research and results in an informative language. Miguel Zea, a member of the NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit presents his video explaining how paper sensors can be manufactured to control different analytes with low cost technologies such as Inkjet Printing. A jury composed of five experts in communication or scientific dissemination will choose eight videos taking into account the originality, impact,[...]

06 Nov

A Minimally Invasive Microsensor Specially Designed for Simultaneous Dissolved Oxygen and pH Biofilm Profiling

Ana Moya, Xavi Illa, Rosa Villa and Gemma Gabriel, researchers of the Biomedical Application’s Group (GAB) of CIBER-BBN and the Microelectronics Institute of Barcelona, which main interests are the design and fabrication of Micro and Nano Systems for Biomedical Applications, have recently published, in collaboration with other authors an article in the Special Issue Advanced Electrochemical Sensors and Environmental Monitoring The authors thank in the Acknowledgements the participation of the ICTS NANBIOSIS U8 Micro– Nano Technology Unit of the CIBER in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) at the IMB -CNM (CSIC) The work reports the development of a novel multi-analyte microsensor[...]

27 Mar

The hidden brain activity

Researchers of NANBIOSIS Unit 8 Micro and nano techonlogy unit, (Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona-CNM-CSIC/ CIBER-BBN ), led by Anton Guimera are coauthors of recently published article in the scientific magazine Nature Materials about the hidden brain activity, entitled “High-resolution mapping of infraslow cortical brain activity enabled by graphene microtransistors “ Recording infraslow brain signals (<0.1 Hz) with microelectrodes is severely hampered by current microelectrode materials, primarily due to limitations resulting from voltage drift and high electrode impedance. Hence, most recording systems include high-pass filters that solve saturation issues but come hand in hand with loss of physiological and pathological information. In this work, we use flexib[...]