Inac, Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics



The Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics is, as assessed in 2015, “a world-class institute producing fundamental and multidisciplinary research with a real willingness to valorize important findings through both relevant partnerships with industry/technology developers and the creation of start ups.”*

Inac research focuses are on

  • nanoscience : spintronics, photonics, nanoelectronics, nanoscience for energy, nanoscience at the interface with biology, including strong skills and activities in nanocharacterisation (TEM, synchrotron beamlines at ESRF, NMR and EPR...), theory and simulation
  • cryogenics , for large instruments (CERN, ITER...), spatial applications and cryogenic targets for lasers.


Inac develop research partnerships with a wide panel of industrial partners, including the 6 start ups created from Inac IP since 2011, and other small or large companies. Each year, Inac teams add typically 20 new patents to our IP portfolio.

Inac welcome relevant partnership with industry. Feel free to contact us to explore research and innovation opportunities.

Inac offers state of the art research facilities, such as a 700 m2 clean room (the PTA), the world class Minatec nanocharacterization facility (PFNC), proof of concept facilities for photovoltaic and batteries (Hybriden), or 2D and 3D bioinspired nanostructures (Biomade), or unique cryogenic test facilities. These are opened to industrial partners. Feel free to enquire, we will be happy to assess how we can help you.

Inac, a joint CEA  -Université Grenoble Alpes research Institute,  includes 5 labs - Mem, Pheliqs, Sbt, Spintec, Symmes – each joint research units between CEA and UGA, Spintec and Symmes are also with CNRS. Inac staff amounts to 460 peoples from CEA, CNRS and Grenoble University, including 110 PhDs students and 60 post docs.


* Report from the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) visiting committee in 2015.

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PTA - Upstream Technology Facility

The PTA is a 1000 class clean room resulting from the pooling of  technical and human resources of INAC and LTM (Laboratoire des Technologies de la Microélectronique du CNRS, UJF et INP). The clean room extends over 700 m2, 350 m² on CEA site and 350 m² in the Grenoble INP site, within the CIME clean room (InterUniversity MicroElectronics and nanotechnologies Centre).


PFNC - Center for nanoscale characterization

The PFNC offers 3,000 square meters of space outfitted with around 40 pieces of world-class nanocharacterization equipment run by 90 researchers and technicians, making it unlike any other center in Europe. It is jointly operated by CEA Grenoble institutes Leti, Liten, and Inac.

PFNC offers expertise in x-ray analysis, electron and near-field microscopy, Ion bean analysis, surface analysis, specimen preparation, scanning probe and magnetic resonance.



400 W at 1.8 K test facility

Advanced cryostats down to 30 mK


Hybriden - Energy platform

Proof of concept for Energy

Photovoltaïcs and electrochemical storage

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470 personnels dont 270 permanents

110 doctorants

5 services et 25 laboratoires

20 brevets par an

Une start-up par an

30 projets de recherche collaboratifs européens en cours

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