Research areas at MC2

The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience - MC2 has gathered several research areas together with competent and talented researchers to form a unique environment. This crossdisciplinary strategy provides for interesting collaborations and serves as a driving force for innovations and breakthroughs.
MC2 has strong research activities and is successful with regard to attracting research funding. We focus our research on the areas of on future nano- and quantum electronics, photonics, microwave electronics and bioand nanosystems. MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.
Our work is often done in close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academy, industry and society.
Read more about our industrial collaborations.

Nano-scale electronics

The research in the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory goes along three major directions: quantum information processing with superconducting circuits, transport phenomena in graphene and molecular nanostructures, and unconventional and topological superconductors. Our goals are applications of novel low-dimensional materials, novel superconductors and their heterostructures, superconducting spintronics and quantum information processing with superconducting electronics.

Fabrication & Characterization

The research in the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory is focused on carbon based microsystem and nanosystem device fabrication and characterization, interconnect and packaging for electronics, microsystem and biomedical applications. We also pursue biology-relevant physicstheory modelling and fundamental and applied materials physics.
The materials research includes developing a parameterfree and computationally efficient theoretical characterization of sparse-matter challenges like, e.g., the carbon-based systems, and experiment-theory collaborations to study functional organics.

Future communication & remote sensing systems

Wireless communication and remote sensing play an important role in the modern society and almost everyone is using such systems daily. Typical examples are mobile phones, wireless internet connectivity, radio and TV broadcasting, and wireless networks at home or public areas. Thanks to the rapid development in the semiconductor technology, such microwave systems can be produced in large quantity at a low cost per unit, making it affordable for most people all over the world. The Microwave Electronics Laboratory focuses on application driven research on high speed electronic components, circuits and systems for future communication and remote sensing applications from 1 GHz to 1 THz.

Optoelectronics & Fibre optics

The Photonics Laboratory conducts application oriented research in optoelectronics and fibre optics, as well as more fundamental research on new photonic materials. Optical communication is a major area of research, with efforts on system and device technologies for applications extending from long haul transmission to short reach interconnects. New photonic materials and device structures for emission and detection at wavelengths spanning from the ultra-violet to the mid-infrared are also developed and new growth techniques for graphene
and bismuth-telluride are investigated.

Bridging the THz gap

Sandwiched between the visible light on the short wavelength side and radio waves on the long wavelength extreme, the terahertz or submillimetre wave radiation has long been considered the last remaining scientific gap in the electromagnetic spectrum. Consequently, this is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum (0.1-10 THz) where optical and microwave techniques meet. The Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory fabricates novel devices and evaluates these in various circuit demonstrators in our top-class microwave and terahertz characterisation facilities. Our research finds applications in radio astronomy, atmospheric science, life science, radar sensors, THz-imaging systems, and future wireless communication systems.

Small electronic devices

The modern society benefits from a high density of information that is carried and processed by electronic machines. The high density requires small parts. However, as electronic components become smaller and smaller, the technology approaches a limit when the classical electrodynamics is no longer valid. Quantum mechanical effects, such as electron tunnelling, start dominating the properties of small electronic devices. The Quantum Device Physics Laboratory investigates the possibility to use the quantum mechanical effects when making practical devices.


The Nanofabrication Laboratory is a world-class university clean room for research into and fabrication of micro and nanotechnology. The laboratory is run by the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers, but is an open user facility for external as well as internal academic and industrial interests. The Nanofabrication Laboratory offers a broad platform of process tools for the development and testing

Published: Thu 30 Aug 2012. Modified: Tue 28 Mar 2017