Grenoble, european capital of micro- and nanotechnologies

Grenoble/Crolle complex is one of the greatest world cluster in micro-electronics, with East Fishkill in the US, and Hsinchu in Taiwan. As the race towards miniaturization drives the costs of integrated circuits, Grenoble has also become a major center for nanotechnologies. Today the area counts about 22,000 jobs in electronics, micro and nanotechnologies, and is known as the French silicon valley. The MINATEC micro- and nanotechnology innovation campus brings together on a single campus 2,400 researchers, 1,200 students, and 600 technology-transfer and manufacturing professionals. The 20-hectare campus boasts some of the most advanced equipment anywhere, including 10,000 sq. m of clean rooms. MINATEC is unique in Europe and ranks among the world’s leading centers for micro- and nanotechnology research.

As smart technologies and integrated circuits diffuse in all domains, the Grenoble area is also very active in medical and biotechnologies, and in new energy technologies, representing about 40 000 jobs in the domain of advanced technologies. The Innovallée at Meylan, the 1st french science park dedicated to innovation, gathers 900 research jobs in 330 companies, more than 100 of which making business at an international level.

The Grenoble area is home to more than 30 public laboratories or institutes and 3 000 public research position covering all the domains of the nano's. The University Grenoble Alpes is rated 1st french university for nanosciences and nanotechnologies by the Shanghai Ranking 2018. Students enrolled in the master N2 program benefit of top-level theoretical lectures and a unique concentration of nanofabrication and nano-characterization facilities for their experimental training.