SINTEF Digital Microsystems and Sensors

As Scandinavia´s largest independent research institution, SINTEF plays a key role in transforming academic research into applied technologies. The institution has strong research ties with NTNU (from which it was spun off in 1950) and with UiO.

SINTEF is important to the PhD Network on Nanotechnology for Microsystems both because of its research expertise and because of its role in the MiNaLab Gemini Centre, which is embodied in the MiNaLab clean room facilities shared by SINTEF (Microsystems and Sensors) and the University of Oslo (UiO, Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, SMN).

The lab has 800 m² and 500 m² clean rooms, including a complete silicon processing line operated by SINTEF for the development and small-scale production of solid-state radiation detectors and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

The UiO section of MiNaLab includes processing and characterization systems assigned for basic research on physical electronics, semiconductor physics and MEMS. The Gemini centre focuses on every link in the innovation chain involving microsensors and microsystems, from education and basic research to development and industrial production. MiNaLab is the only independent complete silicon processing line in Norway.

SINTEF´s Microsystems and Sensors department is a part of the Digital institute. The department has focused its efforts on five different categories of MEMS: pressure sensors, inertial sensors, micro acoustic devices, micro opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS), and microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip. These and other technologies are developed and designed with a view toward applications in environmental monitoring, medical and biomedical technologies, demanding environments, automotive applications and scientific instrumentation. The department includes four areas of research that are relevant to the PhD Network. These are: