LiMMS is an international research unit on MEMS and NEMS (Micro- and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems), jointly operated by France (CNRS, Institute for Sciences of Engineering and Systems), and Japan (University of Tokyo, Institute of Industrial Science).
Since its founding in 1995, LiMMS has hosted more than 175 scientists from France and Europe (mainly CNRS researchers and JSPS postdoctoral fellows).
Thanks to its close integration into the French, European and Japanese research landscapes, LiMMS has been a focal point and a coordinating institution for major interdisciplinary and international projects such as SMMIL-E, iLITE and EUJO-LIMMS
This research axis aims to exploit the benefits of BioMEMS for life sciences. For instance, with an organ-on-a-chip, the control of the spatial organization of cells is exploited to devellop functional tissues from iPS cells. In molecular biology, we leverage the massive parallelism and low-volume of droplet microfluidics to increase the throughput of biochemical by 3 orders of magnitudes
The goal of the translational research axis is to bring the analytical power of bioMEMS to clinicians. In this view, a joint French-Japanese laboratory (SMMIL-E) was set up in Lille.
The production, storage and distribution of energy in a sustainable way has become a crucial societal challenge. LiMMS researchers aims to bridge fundamental physics with the latest nano and micro technology to improve the capabilities of energy harveting devices
The massive production capabilities of MEMS technology open the doors for unprecedented applications leveraging large network of live sensors.