Innovation and sustainable progress

CSEM is a private, non-profit Swiss research and technology organization focused on generating value for a sustainable world.

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Ultra-fast light source for optical applications
Nature Photonics
Novel micro-photonic light sources providing 10 billion pulses per second and or more, with easier control and higher robustness.
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Best startup in 2017!
Towards an AVA generation?
"CSEM supported us in creating a technology that has the potential to revolutionize women's health," explains Ava Vice-President of R&D Peter Stein.
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New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Nature Energy
CSEM, EPFL, and NREL generate energy efficiency rates far in excess of 30%.
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Portable device for fast detection of food contamination
Exactly how pure is Swiss milk?
The scientists at CSEM developed an integrated and automated solution for performing these tests.
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Laser shines on mechanical watchmaking
Grand Prix 2017 for the WisioScope product
A joint development from Witschi and CSEM for the EPHJ trade fair.
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Expertise & Industries

Here are just a few of our areas of expertise and the industries in which we operate. To see a full list of expertise or industries, click the explore buttons below.

Silicon photovoltaics & metallization
Developing innovative process technologies and device concepts that boost the performance of crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV cells without increasing their cost.
Printed electronics & sensors
Range of competences in materials and devices, using printing and solution process technologies for patterned photodiodes, organic transistors, and sensors.
Photovoltaic module technology
Developing advanced packaging solutions and novel testing methodologies to better simulate field conditions and get quicker feedback on quality.
Vision technologies
Vision solutions, including high-performance line and image sensors, classification and recognition algorithms, optical encoders, and stand-alone smart vision systems.
Printed photovoltaics
Supporting equipment developers, materials researchers, industrial suppliers, and end users with innovative organic and inorganic printable materials and processing technologies.
Wireless & short-range communications
Cutting-edge know-how in low-power radio and standards-based or dedicated proprietary protocols for the next generation of ULP, adaptable, and robust wireless systems.
Biosurface engineering
Development of cell-handling, sensors, and sample-handling platforms based on proprietary technologies, particularly using manufacturing processes suitable for upscaling.
Photovoltaic thin films & devices
Developing next-generation solar cells with outstanding performance in terms of conversion efficiency, durability, integration capacity, and cost reduction.
Microsystems integration & packaging
Developing new integration platforms and corresponding technologies for advanced packaging solutions and general MEMS assembly across a vast array of applications.
Scientific instrumentation
Developing complex, multi-technology systems involving significant physical layers. Topics include macro-MEMS, opto-mechatronics, and time and frequency technologies.
Microsystems design & process
Developing reliable MEMS products, from prototypes to small volume production. Focusing on macro-MEMS, soft-MEMS, harsh environment sensing, and MOEMS.
System-on-chip design & technology
Ultra-low-power, highly miniaturized solutions with wireless connectivity and computing with in-house processor cores including DSP and sensor interfaces, and power management.
Energy systems
Developing innovative building technologies and working to integrate renewable energy sources, especially photovoltaic (PV) systems, into existing distribution infrastructures.
Medical technologies
Developments range from innovative sensing technology for monitoring human vital signs to bio-signal processing and active medical device technologies. All ISO 13485 certified.
Nanosurface engineering
Developing solutions focused on material and surface sciences, structuring processes, and engineering, and on understanding physical, chemical, and biological surfaces.
Industrial automation
Technologies for enhanced manufacturing and process flexibility, making high-quality, small-to-medium-volume products a reality.
Energy & building solutions
Extensive experience in combining PV and energy management to offer energy-efficient concepts and develop effective solutions for the building sector.
Security & surveillance
Technologies and solutions to combat counterfeiting, ensure the safety of food and drugs, and protect both the natural environment and humans from injury, harm, and disaster.
Space & astrophysics
Developing highly precise, compliant mechanisms or scientific instrumentation for use in space exploration, satellites, and telescopes.
Watchmaking
From groundbreaking silicon technology for new components to innovative, low-power, flexible, and wearable technologies for smartwatches.
Environment
Developing innovative sensors, integrated systems, and cutting-edge technologies to support the cleantech industry's drive to monitor and improve the quality of our air, water, and soil.
Food & agriculture
Smart technological tools and solutions to ensure the optimal use of resources and support sustainable farming across all the processes of the food supply chain.
Healthcare, wellness & sport
Custom-made, innovative, non-invasive, and mobile healthcare solutions for sensors, implants, hearing aids, diagnostic tools, and laboratory instruments.
Aeronautics & transportation
Technologies that improve the safety, usability, and sustainability of transportation solutions.
Biotechnology & life sciences
Miniaturization, integration, and microengineering expertise to develop new devices, tools, and systems for toxicology, pharmacology, and diagnostics and assays.
Home & industrial automation
Smart, efficient, and reliable technologies and sensors for process and equipment optimization.
Semiconductor industry
World-class microelectronic design services to fully integrated ASIC, system-on-chip, or semiconductor optoelectronic components.
Information & communication technologies
Hardware, software, and systems integration expertise for the next generation of connected applications—from wearables to aerospace.
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EM Microelectronics
Our EM9301, a Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy) controller, is yet another example of the fertile collaboration we have enjoyed with CSEM for decades.
Our EM9301, a Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth Low Energy) controller, is the result of a combination of CSEM's low-power radio chip technology and EM Microelectronic's innovative low-voltage design. It is yet another example of the fertile collaboration we have enjoyed with CSEM for decades already and which demonstrates that Swiss microelectronics is attractive and remains competitive, even in Asia.
Michel Willemin, CEO
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ONERA—The French aerospace lab
CSEM has the advantage of being used to working with industry and brought us their expertise in the domain of nanosurface engineering.
ONERA, the French aerospace lab, is developing—together with CSEM—new pressure-sensitive coatings as unique tools for providing pressure measurements over the entire surface of a model subjected to aerodynamic testing in wind tunnels. In this project, the main objective is to design a specific pressure-sensitive coating able to measure the fast pressure variations (>1 kHz) observed in an unsteady aerodynamic flow. CSEM's technological contribution complements the technical wind tunnel expertise and experience of ONERA.
Marie-Claire Mérienne, Research Engineer, Fundamental and Experimental Aerodynamics Department
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Limmex
The fact that we have come so far is largely due to the excellent and committed support of CSEM's team. We would like to thank CSEM for its extremely valuable support.
Both the Swiss Red Cross and end users tell us that LIMMEX will be a quantum leap compared to currently available products. When we have resolved the final technical issues and implemented solid industrialization, the product will have a promising future. The fact that we have come so far is largely due to the excellent and committed support of CSEM's team. We would like to thank CSEM for its extremely valuable support.
Sven Carlson, Co-founder and Member of the Board
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REVELATION—Créations horlogères d'exception
Thanks to our close collaboration, we have managed to translate the claims in our patent into a truly exceptional product.
The use of the polarizing discs developed with CSEM to reveal and order how the functions in a watch appear allows REVELATION to make its contribution to the history of luxury watchmaking. Thanks to our close collaboration, we have managed to translate the claims in our patent into a truly exceptional product. The result is a double-complication watch that allows the mysteries of its Tourbillon Manège® movement to be revealed thanks to this technical innovation: the REVELATION system®.
Anouk Dante, Co-founder
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Phonak
By joining forces, CSEM and Phonak Communications were able to develop a new wireless protocol for portable audio applications. We thank CSEM for its excellent contribution and look forward to working together on the next project.
By joining forces, CSEM and Phonak Communications were able to develop a new wireless protocol for portable audio applications. The uniqueness of this protocol is the implementation of a so-called distributed master concept. This allows any participant to seamlessly join or quit a network. We will integrate this very innovative protocol into several of our product portfolios. We thank CSEM for its excellent contribution and look forward to working together on the next project.
Evert Dijkstra, Managing Director of Phonak Communications
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Osmotex
Osmotex was able to identify CSEM as the ideal partner. We have now launched our first series of micro-pumps on the market, and have relocated to Switzerland to further intensify our successful collaboration with CSEM.
To develop our proprietary electrokinetic micro-pump concept, our Norwegian start-up was looking for a partner with expertise in the fields of microfluidics, electrokinetics, and micro-integration. Thanks to this worldwide search, Osmotex was able to identify CSEM as the ideal partner to provide all these technologies. We have now launched our first series of micro-pumps on the market, and have relocated to Switzerland to further intensify our successful collaboration with CSEM.
Per Arne Lislien, CEO
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Adolphe Merkle Institute
In CSEM, we found a professional partner that engineered an ultra-thin insert for cell culture. This fruitful collaboration has led to the development of a new quadruple in vitro model of the human air–blood tissue barrier.
At AMI, our expertise is in the development of realistic cell co-culture models of the lung for the risk assessment of newly engineered nanomaterials. Until recently, the bottleneck had been the use of conventional insert membranes, which are ten times thicker than the air–blood barrier itself. In CSEM, we found a professional partner that engineered an ultra-thin insert for cell culture. This fruitful collaboration, funded by Lunge Zürich, has led to the development of a new quadruple in vitro model of the human air–blood tissue barrier.
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Optics Balzers
The key factors to success on the development of a biosensor for water analysis were our close relationship with CSEM as a powerful research partner and a strong conviction with regards to the center's practicality in the market.
Optics Balzers, the manufacturer of optically coated components and assemblies, is collaborating with CSEM on the development of a biosensor for water analysis. The sensor is also intended to be used later to measure hormone residues in sea water. The factors that were instrumental in the Liechtenstein-based company launching the project were its close relationship with CSEM as a powerful research partner and a strong conviction with regards to the center's practicality in the market. The declared long-term goal is to develop a complete biochip that will be produced in large quantities in Optics Balzers' clean rooms.
Alex Vogt, CEO
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Asyril
CSEM is always ahead of the technology curve and leads projects with great professionalism.
CSEM is always ahead of the technology curve and leads projects with great professionalism. Together with CSEM, we developed Asycube, a new device with high flexibility for feeding small parts. Thanks to this research project we were able to launch an innovative product onto the market—a product that has met with a great deal of success.
Alain Codourey, CEO
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SMS Concast Italia
When it comes to highly complex development tasks, we need a partner at eye-level, which perfectly understands our plants and offers both profound expertise and optimized service. We especially appreciated CSEM's reliability, flexibility, and wide range of know-how.
We have worked successfully with CSEM for several years. Together, we developed optical product recognition by SMS Concast to ensure the highest product quality and highest efficiency in our customers' production processes. When it comes to highly complex development tasks like this, we need a partner at eye-level, which perfectly understands our plants and offers both profound expertise and optimized service. We especially appreciated CSEM's reliability, flexibility, and wide range of know-how.
Guido Michelon, D&T Senior Engineer
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