MTL: the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

  1. Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT
    Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT
  2. MTL Research making microsystems that do the big jobs
    MTL Research making microsystems that do the big jobs
  3. MTL Medical Electronics revolutionizing Medicine one chip at a time
    MTL Medical Electronics revolutionizing Medicine one chip at a time
  4. Hoyt group shows viability of strained silicon nanowire chip technology
    Hoyt group shows viability of strained silicon nanowire chip technology
  5. MTL fab labs where unique wafers are created.
    MTL fab labs where unique wafers are created.
  6. Silicon plus: del Alamo's group builds the case for new microchip materials
    Silicon plus: del Alamo's group builds the case for new microchip materials
  7. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company day May 10, 2010
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company day May 10, 2010
  8. MTL Medical workshop, January 2010
    MTL Medical workshop, January 2010
  9. MTL Director Anantha Chandrakasan and Harry Lee, Assoc. Director Industrial Relations and Publications
    MTL Director Anantha Chandrakasan and Harry Lee, Assoc. Director Industrial Relations and Publications
  10. The annual MTL barbeque at MIT May 10, 2010.
    The annual MTL barbeque at MIT May 10, 2010.
  11. MTL and EECS faculty member Joel Dawson with collaborative team developing noninvasive probe to measure muscle atrophy.
    MTL and EECS faculty member Joel Dawson with collaborative team developing noninvasive probe to measure muscle atrophy.
  12. Work in the MTL fab labs
    Work in the MTL fab labs
  13. Classes learn fab techniches in the MTL clean labs
    Classes learn fab techniches in the MTL clean labs
  14. Womens Technology Program students spend learning time in the MTL fab labs, summer 2009.
    Womens Technology Program students spend learning time in the MTL fab labs, summer 2009.

The Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, an interdisciplinary laboratory established in 1984, supports a broad range of interests from circuits and systems and device technologies to materials and even energy research and biological electronics. Shaped by its 34 core and 79 affiliate faculty members (including roughly 30 EECS faculty members and a contingent of associated graduate students) and directed since Sept. 2006 by Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, MTL is home as well to MIT’s advanced micro/nano fabrication facilities providing service to campus and non-campus users.

Anantha Chandrakasan, director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

Anantha Chandrakasan, director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

Research at MTL is concentrated in three centers–the Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems (CICS), the Center for Integrated Photonics Systems, and MEMS@MIT. A new Center for Graphene Devices and Systems is in the works. Within these centers, three major research initiatives are supported: medical electronics, energy, and nanoscale technologies. MTL recently hosted two very successful workshops on Medical Electronics bringing together experts from industry, government and academia, and will host a Workshop on Energy that will be co-sponsored by the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) later in 2010.

MTL maintains close ties and interactions with industry through its industry consortium the Microsystems Industrial Group (14 member companies) as well as through member partnerships in MTL’s three focused research centers.

In its 26th year, MTL is well known for its “fabs”: approximately 8000 sq ft. of cleanrooms with processing equipment. These facilities are open to anyone and are utilized by over 500 users per year, including students and faculty from across MIT, as well as researchers from other universities and industry. The fabs are also home to the lab component of the EECS Course “Introduction to Microfabrication”, as well as the cleanroom module of the EECS Department’s “Women’s Technology Program” (WTP), a summer program for high school women.

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