Research departments

Presentation of the MN2S research department

Micro Nano Sciences & Systems (MN2S)


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The MN2S research department was born on January first, 2008, as a result of more than 15 years of research in microtechniques, nanosciences and nanotechnologies. MN2S gathers a large part of FEMTO-ST's ressources in these areas. The department is located in different FEMTO-ST sites within Franche-Comté, in Besançon, Montbéliard, and Belfort.

The scientific aims of MN2S are as follows:

  • produce knowledge on waves and materials at the micro & nano scale ;
  • develop techniques and processes for micro & nano fabrication ;
  • design and construct multiphysics micro & nanosystems (MEMS/NEMS) ;
  • develop instrumentaion at the micro & nano scale.
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Within MN2S, research is organized along five main axes:

BioMicroDevices :
Detection, characterization and quantification of biomolecules, cells in fluids for a better knowledge of biological, agrifood and environmental mechanisms.
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MINAMAS (MIcro-NAno-MAterials and Surfaces):
Thin films and nanomaterials, for micro-nano-systems and for production or transduction of energy. 
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MOEMS (Micro-Opto-Electro Mechanical Systems) :
Miniaturization of complex optical systems, such as e.g. optical microscopes or atomic clocks, thanks to association of silicon batch-fabrication processes, micro-optics and in some cases microactuators.
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Nanosciences :
- Observation and development of organic and inorganic surfaces and interfaces on a nanometric scale.
- Mathematical physics of quantum information.
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Phononics and Microscopy :
Generation and observation of acoustic waves, thermal transport, and coupling with light in structured materials, from macroscopic down to microscopic dimensions.
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Contact & Location

Secretariat :
Phone : (+33) 363 082 400
Email :

Address :
15B Avenue des Montboucons
25030 Besançon Cedex


To contact MN2S' staff, click here to access the department's directory.