The FEMTO-ST Institute “Franche-Comté Electronics Mechanics Thermal Science and Optics – Sciences and Technologies”, is a joint research institution, created on January 1st, 2004 in the French region of Franche-Comté through the merger of five local laboratories which thus comprised the institute’s first departments.
The institute is under the quadruple authority of the Université de Franche-Comté (UFC), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et Microtechniques (ENSMM) and the Université de Technologie Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM).
In 2008, the existing departments were restructured for greater scientific coherence and two new laboratories were included; FEMTO-ST was thus reorganized into six research departments:
› AUTOMATIC CONTROL AND MICRO MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS (AS2M)
› ENERGY (Energie)
› APPLIED MECHANICS (MEC’APPLI)
› MICRO-/NANO SCIENCES AND SYSTEMS (MN2S)
› OPTICS (OPTIQUE)
› TIME-FREQUENCY (TF)
Later, in 2012, the inclusion of the Franche-Comté Laboratory of Computer Science (LIFC) led to the creation of the seventh scientific department :
› Department of Computer Science and Complex Systems (DISC) (Département d’Informatique des Systèmes Complexes)
Today, in FEMTO-ST’s scientific departments and general services, we count a total staff of more than 700.
At the FEMTO-ST Institute our specialty is to associate “Science and Technologies of Information and Communication” (STIC) with “Sciences for the Engineer” (SPI). Indeed the range of the institute’s scientific themes covers optics, acoustics, the micro-/nanosciences and systems, time frequency, automatic control, computer science and mechatronics, while at the same time including mechanics and materials, energy and electrical engineering.
FEMTO-ST’s research can be fundamental or applied, and regularly produces a socio-economic impact in sectors of activity such as energy, transportation, health, telecommunications, space, instrumentation and metrology, clock and watch making and luxury goods.
The institute is supported by high-level technologies, equipment and platforms, particularly the micro-/nanotechnology center MIMENTO (microfabrication for mechanics, nanosciences, energy and optics) which is included in the national network CNRS RENATECH.
› The society of information and communication, smart and connected objects
› Medicine of the future
› Safe and efficient renewable energies
› Industrial renewal: the industry of the future
› Transportation and space
FEMTO-ST has three sites in France: Besançon, Belfort and Montbéliard.
The scientific departments are geographically distributed as follows:
› AS2M : Besançon
› DISC : Besançon, Belfort, Montbéliard
› ENERGY : Belfort
› APPLIED MECHANICS : Besançon
› MN2S : Besançon, Montbéliard
› OPTICS : Besançon
› TIME-FREQUENCY : Besançon