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Agrate UNIT

The Agrate Unit of IMM (a.k.a. Laboratorio MDM) is hosted within the R&D site of STMicroelectronics in Agrate Brianza, nearby Milan.

Our mission is to perform cutting edge research addressed to the development of materials, new architectures and new fabrication approaches for nanoelectronics devices and microsystems.

Research scientists and technologists with complementary background work together combining experimental, theoretical and technological approaches on topics that include new concepts for non-volatile memories and neuromorphic architectures;  self-assembled and low dimensional (2d- 1d- and 0d) advanced materials; silicon-based quantum technology and spintronics; materials for MEMS, sensors and ultrascaled microelectronic devices.

The laboratory (360 m2, including 100 m2 class 1000 clean room) is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the growth, characterization and fabrication of materials and devices.

Research staff at Agrate Unit is engaged in the participation and promotion of collaborative projects, international networks and committees, as well as in the organization of conferences and symposia.

In collaboration with nearby Universities, the Unit is also very active in training PhD, master and bachelor students on exciting topics related to solid state physics and nanoelectronics, attractive for both academic and industry career (check availability here),

Staff consists of approximately 35 people, including 14 researchers and technologists, 3 technicians and 3 administrative, as well as several post-doc fellows, PhD and master students.


Find out more about us and on our projects and activities.

Head of the Unit

Graziella Tallarida is the Deputy Director of the Agrate Unit since September 2015.

Research scientist since 2001, her main expertise is in the field of nanoscale characterization by scanning probe techniques with focus on electrical and magnetic properties of materials and devices.

GT joined Laboratorio MDM in 1996 after graduation in Physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a two-years experience as research associate at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge, UK.

Further information available at the personal page.