Vision and mission

INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC MN), aims to apply world class research to develop microsystems for industrial sensing, health and agri-food/environmental applications, to provide technology transfer and IP generation and to train the next generation of young scientists and engineers in micro and nanofabrication, devices and microsystems.

INESC MN is a reference institution in the field of microsystems and nanotechnology. With a strong interdisciplinary nature – materials, physics, electronics, bio-nanotechnology and engineering – INESC MN focuses on developing key enabling technologies for global industries.  We create innovative solutions directed to the areas of robotics, automotive, food, environmental and health monitoring .


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F: 49% M: 51%

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*Cummulative for the last 5 years


Our Clean-room class 100/10 (ISO 5/4) is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and characterization laboratories and supports the life cycle of device fabrication: from the design to deployment.

This infrastructure is at the heart of INESC MN research activities and supports a portfolio of collaborations with national and international institutes, as well as with industrial partners through contracted services, technology transfer and fast prototyping.


INESC MN is a founding partner of  Micro&NanoFabs@PT,  the network of Micro Nano fabrication research facilities in Portugal.


INESC MN joins EuroNanoLab, a candidate Pan-European distributed Infrastructure of Clean rooms, providing access to world class nanofabrication services and expertise.


INESC MN recognized as Center of Technology and Innovation (CTI) by the Portuguese Innovation Agency ANI, by fostering the collaboration between academia and industry and by contributing with high-qualified human resources, promoting scientific employment and dissemination of knowledge.

EU projects

We are committed in supporting academic, industry and public agencies, through either short or long-term collaborative projects. In an international environment, INESC MN works synergically with its partners by sharing its infrastructure and expertise, by tackling industry relevant questions and by addressing global challenges.


The Joint Research Project EURAMET 20NRM02 MFMET, funded under the EMPIR program of the European Commission, is engaged in establishing metrology standards for microfluidic devices. It focuses on TESTING and METROLOGY strategies for flow and material quantities, interfaces, connectivity, modularity and sensor integration that are essential to ensure MEASUREMENT ACCURACY and TRACEABILITY of MICROFLUIDIC DEVICES.


INESC MN coordinates the H2020 MAG-ID project aiming at the development of innovative track & trace solutions based on magnetic barcodes and magnetic read-outs.


As one partner in the ECSEL project Moore4Medical, INESC MN will contribute to accelerate the development of medical devices in the key priority fields of organs-on-chip and continuous monitoring. 

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