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FEMTO-ST Institute
A European research laboratory

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 A public research institute associated with the CNRS,
in the fields of engineering and applied physics.


The FEMTO-ST Institute “Franche-Comté Electronics Mechanics
Thermal Science and Optics – Sciences and Technologies”,
is a joint research institution, which 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

Today, in FEMTO-ST's scientific departments and
general services, we count a total staff of more
than 700. The Institute is organized into seven departments





  • Daniel BRUNNER winner of an ERC Consolidator grant 2021

    Daniel BRUNNER is a CNRS researcher at the FEMTO-ST Institute and has been awarded a prestigious...

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  • Best student paper award for Rémi Meyer

    Remi Meyer got the best student presentation award at SPIE-Photonics West conference for his...

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  • John Dudley awarded by the international Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

    He obtains  the "SPIE Harold E. Edgerton" Award 2019 for pioneering applications based on ultra-...

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The specificity of FEMTO-ST is to associate the Sciences and Technologies of Information and Communication (STIC) with Engineering Sciences. Its thematic field covers optics, acoustics, micro nanosciences and systems, time-frequency, automatic, computer science, mechatronics, as well as mechanics and materials, energy and electrical engineering.

FEMTO-ST's research activities can be fundamental or applied, and regularly produce a socio-economic impact, in sectors such as energy and transport, health, telecommunications, space, instrumentation and metrology, watchmaking, the luxury industry

The institute can rely on high-level technology, equipment and platforms, particularly the micro and Central MIMENTO nanotechnology (microfabrication for mechanics, Nanosciences, the Thermal and Optical), member of the National CNRS RENATECH network .



Society of information
and communication
Smart and connected objects
Medecine of the future
Safe et effective renewable energies
Industry of the future
Transports and space


economics and societal valuations

Femto Engineering smart Specialisation Spins-OFFindustrial relations





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