Research units

The 10 laboratories and 2 centers of EPFL Neuchatel carry out research activities related to microtechnology. Their interests are grouped around 4 themes: energy, mechatronics, micro- and nano-electronics and advanced micro-fabrication.


Photovoltaics-Laboratory – PV-Lab

Professor Christophe Ballif

EPFL development in Neuchatel reaffirms Neuchatel excellence in micro- and nanotechnology. Together with CSEM, the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE), He-Arc, Microcity SA and FSRM, EPFL is part of a chain of complete and powerfull skills at the heart of a regional industrial basin which is among the densest in Europe and which has an exceptionally high rate of high-tech manufacturing societies. The interdisciplinarity and the capacity of the laboratories of Neuchatel campus to develop devices and micro components and to integrate them into functional micro-systems, is particularly attractive for industrial partners in areas as diverse as health, security, space, communication or watches.

Micro-Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center – M2C

Professor Vivek Subramanian and Mr. Bruno Studach

Thanks to a donation from the Werner Siemens-Foundation, EPFL has set up in Neuchâtel a Center for Artificial Muscles, collaborating initially with the University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital) and then with the University Hospital of Zurich.
The first project, slated to span the next four years, will focus on developing a less invasive cardiac assistance system for treating heart failure. This prosthetic device – a ring around the aorta – will avoid the complications of hemorrhaging and thrombosis because it will not be in contact with blood. A facial-reconstruction project aimed at restoring patients’ ability to create facial expressions will follow.

The Micro-Manufacturing Science and Engineering Center is an alliance between EPFL, CSEM, HE-Arc, UniNE and HEIA-Fr, which aims at addressing and anticipating the future needs of industry in term of innovation and implementation of new advanced manufacturing processes. The M2C aims at addressing critical scientific and technological challenges, ranging from fundamental to applied research, for the future of manufacturing. Focused on micro-manufacturing, high precision 3D free-form material processing and high-integrity micro-structures, it brings together a wide range of laboratories from all its partners, all having research activities and interests related to the future of manufacturing and its impact for society.

  The M2C‘s main objectives are to:

  • Provide a platform to catalyze interactions between its academic, institutional and industrial partners.
  • Launch, federate and coordinate research projects in the field of advanced manufacturing.
  • Develop new education offer from training to new PhD program.
  • Ensure efficient technology transfer to industry.
  • Drive and launch the more ambitions Swiss Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (SAMARC) which is planned to occupy part of a new building projected on the Microcity site in Neuchâtel.