About the laboratory

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).

LiMMS operates on two sites: on the Komaba Research Campus of the University of Tokyo in Japan, and at the university hospital of Centre Oscar Lambret, in Lille, France.

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 organ-on-a-chiop the control of ver 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.

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