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The Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) has its Headquarters in Catania and is organized in 6 Sections located  in Agrate Brianza, Bologna, Rome, Naples, Lecce and Catania.

IMM counts 195 people as permanent staff (117 Researchers) plus temporary staff including 47 post-Docs and 61 Ph.D. students.

IMM activities span from material science and process development to device fabrication and system integration, thanks to the micro-nanofabrication facilities present at the different sites (clean-room areas totaling >1400 m2). The research activities have been recently re-organized and are focused on three main application areas: Micro/Nanoelectronics, Functional materials and devices, Photonics. In addition, the competences and the facilities are coordinated into four main technological areas, Micro/Nanofabrication, Characterization, Theoretical modelling and Synthesis of advanced materials, which provide transversal support to the application areas. A scheme of the “matrix” organization is reported below, showing also the working groups associated to the application areas.

IMM, through a number of European Projects, collaborates with prestigious International research institutions (CEA-LETI, IMEC, ESRF, CNM, CNRS) and with many semiconductor industries: STMicroelectronics (ST), Micron, Philips, SILVACO, AMD, Tower Semiconductor and Siemens. Particularly effective is the collaboration with STMicroelectronics, with two IMM Sections embedded in ST plants in Catania and Agrate Brianza, allowing the successful development of public-private initiatives. Furthermore, IMM has a close collaboration with many Universities (one of its Section being located within the Physics Dept. of the University of Catania) and also carries out an important role in the formation, coordinating many PhD and graduate student activities. As a result, IMM effectively bridges the Academic Institution research activities with the Industrial applications.

IMM has an annual operating budget, averaged over the last three fiscal years, around €24 million, including €9.8 million of personnel costs and €1.4 million of running costs supported by CNR and €12.8 million arising from European Regional Development Funds, European, International, National projects and Industrial research contracts. Scientific results are presented to many International Conferences and around 250 articles are published by IMM researchers on JCR journals every year.

Number of articles published on JCR Journals per year

Distribution of external annual funding
(averaged over the last three fiscal years)


Guglielmo FORTUNATO is  Director of the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM-CNR) since July 2015. He has been a visiting scientist at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (1983), working in Prof. Matsumura’s group on a-Si:H TFTs,  and at GEC- Hirst Research Center (1985-86), working in Prof. P. Migliorato’s group on polysilicon TFTs. His main scientific activity is on the physics and technology of inorganic (amorphous, micro- and polycrystalline silicon) and organic thin film transistors (TFTs). He pioneered the physics and technology of polysilicon TFTs and has given a substantial contribution to the use of excimer laser annealing for polysilicon TFTs and ultra-shallow junction formation. Recently he focused on low temperature process for flexible electronics, including sensor applications and microelectrode arrays for brain signal recording. He has been responsible of several National (9) and European (7) Research projects and also of industrial research contracts with ST-Microelectronics, Philips, THALES, GEC-Marconi. He was part-time professor of Semiconductor Device Physics at the Roma III University between 2001 and 2006. He has authored more than 240 papers published on international journals and more than 120 contributions to Proceedings of International Conferences, has presented many oral communications and 35 invited talks in International Conferences and is author of 5 invited chapters on books and holds 10 patents (https://scholar.google.it/citations?hl=it&user=8dWdm8QAAAAJ). He has been co-organiser of 4 E-MRS Symposia on “Thin films for Large Area Electronics” and has been Chairman or co-Chairman of some International Conferences, including the Third International Thin Film Transistor Conference (Rome, 24-25 Jan. 2007), Eurodisplay (Rome, 14-17 Sept. 2009) and the International Conference on Organic Electronics (Rome, 22-24 June 2011).

Institute Council

Members representing Researcher/Technologist staff

Giuseppe Coppola

Giuliana Impellizzeri

Francesco La Via

Mauro Lo Mascolo

Romolo Marcelli

Michele Perego

Caterina Summonte

Members representing Technical/Administrative staff

Giovanna Leanza

Giovanni Montagna