Institute for Optoelectronic Systems and Microtechnology
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid


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The Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectronicos y Microtecnologia (ISOM) is a multi-departmental research institution devoted to graduate research and education in electrical engineering, which is affiliated to the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM). ISOM was created on March 16th 2000 (BOCM March 28th 2000) as a result of the proposal presented by several research groups from the departments of Electrical Engineering, Photonic Technology, Applied Physics to Information Technology and Applied Physics to Architecture and Environment.

The ISOM facilities are located at the basement of the Lopez Araujo Building at the School of Telecommunication Engineering of UPM. These facilities include a 400 m2 cleanroom (100-1000 class), and 300 m2 of characterization and system development laboratories. In addition, there are areas devoted both to Industrial Cooperation and Technology Transfer and External Services. The centre is made up by a team of nearly 60 people considering researchers, students, technicians and personnel for administration. This personnel is divided in two research groups:

Its size as well as the large experience in research during the last two decades, in particular participating in numerous projects funded by the European Union, make this team distinctively well suited for research and development activities.

Photolithography lab at ISOM clean room

ISOM received from Comunidad Autonoma de Madrid the equipment that had been previously donated by Telefonica I+D, which belonged to its old Center for Optoelectronics. The technology processes available at ISOM allow the fabrication of materials, their technological processing, and the fabrication of integrated electronic, optoelectronic, optic and magnetic devices. At present, ISOM has the capability to fabricate and develop laser diodes for instrumentation, environment and optical communications; microwave transistors for high power and temperature applications; infrared photodetectors for civil and military applications; ultraviolet photodetectors for UV solar radiation monitoring and military applications; magnetic sensors for a wide range of applications, and SAW filters for RF and mobile communications. Within this scientific and technological multidisciplinary conception, it is worth remarking its potential as a Laboratory for Certification and Calibration of technological processes, optoelectronic components and subsystems, and sensors.

The Centre for Technology of ISOM was approved as a "Gran Instalacion Cientifica" by the "Comite de Grandes Instalaciones Cientificas" on May 23th 2001. Today, these laboratories changed their names to "Instalacion Cientifico Tecnica Singular (ICTS)".

(Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología - FECYT. Mapa de Instituciones I+D+I)

Also, since the same year 2001, our institute has been continuously recognized as an Associated Unit to the Centro Nacional de Microelectrónica - CSIC in Barcelona (

Currently and since 2011, there is a framework agreement and specific collaboration between Fundación Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia and Instituto de Sistemas Optoelectrónicos y Microtecnología de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, to establish scientific cooperation between the two entities. (




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