Physics, Engineering, Material science (PEM)

This pole conducts research in the fields of Physics and Nanosciences, Mechanics, Electronics, Electrical engineering, Materials science, Process engineering and Engineering and production sciences. This work has implications in areas of high societal relevance, such as health, energy transition, sustainability, industrial renewal and the information and communication society.

Strategic axes

The cluster covers a continuum of activities from fundamental physics to systems engineering. The thematic axes are:
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies, which cover a range of themes addressing objects on the nanometric scale.
  • Materials, structures and systems around the science and engineering of materials.
  • Condensed matter, which explores the electronic, magnetic, thermal, optical and/or structural properties of systems composed of a large number of interacting particles.
  • Microelectronics, micro-systems, electrical engineering, which brings together scientific problems associated with electrical energy and data.
  • Mechanics, processes and transfers covering a vast scientific and technical field, from the mechanical properties of matter, whether solid or fluid, to its implementation in systems and in process and environmental engineering.
  • The physics and engineering of living matter, which explores the mechanical, physicochemical, structural and statistical properties of biological matter.
The teams of the PEM cluster share a common scientific and technological culture, particularly with regard to:
  • Theory and numerical simulation
  • Instrumentation
  • Large instruments
The objects, devices, methods, instruments and studies developed within the framework of the PEM cluster are also of interest to the clusters.
  • CBS: Physics and engineering of life, Technologies for biology, Medical devices, Chemistry
  • PAGE: Instrumentation and modeling principles for Astrophysics and Geosciences.
  • MSTIC: Theoretical physics - mathematics interface, artificial intelligence, engineering - Computer science and Applied mathematics interface.
  • PSS: Industrial engineering and Social sciences, Energy systems and Social sciences.
  • SHS: Ethics and philosophy of science, Heritage materials.



3SR Sols, Solides, Structures - Risques
CERMAV Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales
DSBT Département des Systèmes Basses Températures
G2Elab Laboratoire de Génie Electrique
G-SCOP Laboratoire des Sciences pour la Conception, l'Optimisation et la Production de Grenoble
IMEP-LaHC Institut de Microélectronique Electromagnétisme et Photonique et le Laboratoire d'Hyperfréquences et de Caractérisation
LAPth Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique Théorique
LCIS Laboratoire de Conception et d'Intégration des Systèmes
LEGI Laboratoire des Ecoulements Géophysiques et Industriels
LEPMI Laboratoire d'électrochimie et de physico-chimie des matériaux et des interfaces
LGP2 Laboratoire génie des procédés papetiers
LIPhy Laboratoire interdisciplinaire de physique
LMGP Laboratoire des matériaux et du génie physique
LNCMI Laboratoire national des champs magnétiques intenses
LOCIE Laboratoire optimisation de la conception et ingénierie de l’environnement
LPMMC Laboratoire de physique et modélisation des milieux condensés
LRP Laboratoire de rhéologie et procédés
LTM Laboratoire des technologies de la microélectronique
MEM Modélisation et Exploration des Matériaux
NEEL Institut Néel
Pheliqs Photonique Electronique et Ingénierie Quantiques
RFIC-Lab Laboratoire de Radio-Fréquences et d’Intégration de Circuits
SIMaP Science et ingénierie des matériaux et procédés
SPINTEC Spintronique et technologie des composants (INAC)
SyMMES Systèmes Moleculaires nanoMatériaux pour l'Energie et la Santé
TIMA Techniques de l'Informatique et de la Microélectronique pour l'Architecture des systèmes intégrés

Partner laboratories

  • TIMC
    Translational Innovation in Medicine and Complexity


    Excellence for multifunctional architectured materials
    Laboratory of Nanoscience Alliances – Future Energies
    The miniature of nanoelectronic components
  • Tec21
    The physical and digital worlds come together

Schools and training structures


    Circuits Multi-Projets
  • Fed.3G
    Fédération Galileo Galilei de Grenoble
    Efficience énergétique des Bâtiments.
    Centre de Physique Théorique de Grenoble-Alpes
    Fédération Micro et Nanotechnologies
  • FR QuantAlps
    Fédération grenobloise pour les sciences et les technologies quantiques
Published on  February 6, 2020
Updated on October 19, 2022