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CEA Nano-characterization Infrastructure

Upper organisation
CEA Tech
Research Center

17 rue des Martyrs
38054 Grenoble


The nanocharacterization platform houses 40 pieces of major research equipment operated by a staff of experienced researchers and technicians. The platform studies samples for CEA research programs and conducts research on characterization techniques and protocols to provide appropriate responses to tomorrow’s characterization needs.

The platform possesses specific equipment-used at just a handful of other locations worldwide—for example the Titan Ultimate transmission electron microscope offering 50 picometer resolution.

Researchers can characterize a material’s morphological, physico-chemical and electrical properties based on their needs, often delivering 2D and, increasingly, 3D images of materials under study. Tests conducted provide valuable insight into nanomaterials and nanocomponents. The platform also works with major research instruments ESRF and ILL, leveraging their synchrotron and neutron capabilities to obtain even higher resolution images.

The platform is used by scientific equipment manufacturers seeking to improve their products, as well

as by other manufacturers ranging from start-ups to corporations such as IBM and STMicroelectronics.

CEA Nano-characterization Infrastructure

CEA Nano-characterization Infrastructure

Contact Person
Vincent Delaye

is SME contact

40 pieces of major analytical equipment, including Ion-beam and X-ray beam, surface analysis, near-field

electron microscopy, optical characterization, magnetic resonance, and sample preparation. The total investment exceeds 30M€.


- Scientific & technological
- Study / initial design / Simulation
- Proof of concept / Lab testing of basic experimental set-up/ Characterisation
- Component/ breadboard / process development & testing
- Prototyping (integrated system/ sub-system) development & testing
- Pilot line / demonstration line / preseries
- Product validation / certification

Service for Industry and SMEs