CMST is an imec associated research lab at the Ghent university.
Our research is focused on smart microsystems integration and design, we work on 3 application domains:

Flexible microsystems for health

Smart objects for IOT

Optical Microsystems

The envisaged applications include telecom, wireless sensors, robotics, biomedics, bio electronics, health care, training, simulation, entertainment and smart textile.

News and announcements

  • 21 September 2022
    Article in newspaper De Tijd about our collaboration with Micledi Microdisplays and Qustomdot:

    Article in De Tijd

  • 14 July 2022:
    Our master thesis student Yao-Tung Chang (aka “Shake”) received the best thesis award for his work on optical isolators for photonic integrated circuits.

  • 17 February 2021:
    Congratulations to Pablo Pérez Merino and Matthew McDonald who have been selected for the very competitive and prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship was awarded to Matt McDonald for the project THINPAC (Thin flexible hermetic packaging of ultra-thin silicon chips for high-density neuro electronic implantable devices)
    Project abstract:
    Microelectronic medical implants with superior performance are needed to improve quality of life for patients. For neuroelectronic applications, this will be enabled through miniaturisation of large numbers of high-density electrodes in biomimetic packages. The leading solution is to use ultra-thin silicon chips embedded in flexible polymers with small flexible ribbon cables. The primary aim of THINPAC is to realize a robust technology platform for ultra-thin flexible hermetic packaging of thinned CMOS chips using alternating layers of ceramic nanofilms and polyimide. Innovation beyond existing FITEP-based fabrication technology is needed to ensure long term hermeticity, biostability, and flexibility of electronic implants. (FITEP: CMSTs platform regarding the fabrication of ‘Flexible implantable Thin Electronic Packagaing’). Finally, functional probes for implantation into peripheral nerves will be fabricated and fully characterized in rats for foreign body reaction and electrophysiology. The project will run for 2 years.

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship was awarded to Pablo Pérez Merino for the project GRAVITEYE (Implantable flexible electro-active sensing platform for smart intraocular applications).
    Project abstract:
    The GRAVITEYE project will develop a smart intraocular implant based on novel biomedical sensing technologies to monitor the IOP (Intra Ocular Pressure) dynamics, track the pulsatile fluctuations and decipher the intraocular fluid motion. The integrated platform will be encapsulated in a commercial intraocular lens and include (i) bio-fitted flexible sensors, (ii) ultrathin-film stretchable interconnections and (iii) a Radio-Frequency antenna for wireless powering and communication. The project will run for 2 years.

  • 4 September 2020:
    Imec and Ghent University Present a Smart Contact Lens Mimicking the Human Iris to Combat Eye Deficiencies.

    On September 4, the first performance assessment of our artificial iris was reported in Scientific Reports (pdf), a Nature publication. Resulting from a collaboration between our group and the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid, Spain) the paper demonstrates that a smart contact lens with our artificial iris has the potential to expand the visual sharpness, decrease optical aberrations and reduce the amount of light entering the eye in a dynamic manner. Thanks to the fruitful collaboration with Holst Centre (an open innovation initiative from imec and TNO, the Netherlands), we can also present an autonomous prototype that will be further developed into a medical device within the framework of the spin-off incubation initiative Azalea Vision, from imec and Ghent University.
    More links:
    Forbes - This Smart Contact Lens Is Already In Clinical Trials At Ghent University In Belgium.
    UGent-ELIS - Slimme contactlens vervangt iris. (dutch)
    Medgadget - Artificial Iris Inside Smart Contacts Corrects Vision Disorders.
    News Break - Imec develops artificial iris.
    International Business Times - Scientists Develop Smart Contact Lens with Artificial Iris to Treat Eye Diseases.
    EOS - Contactlens vervangt iris. (dutch)
    Datanews - Imec en UGent stellen slimme contactlens met kunstmatige iris voor. (dutch)


  • 12 February 2020:
    Congratulations to our colleague Marie-Aline Mattelin for winning the Best Student Paper award at Photonics West 2020 with the paper “Fabrication and replication of high efficiency blazed gratings with grayscale electron beam lithography and UV nanoimprint lithography”.

  • 11 February 2020:
    The imec.icon research project I-CART ( ⇒ project website) has been succesfully completed. You can see the end results of the project in this video (click image for video - dutch narrated). CMST

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