Key Laboratory for Micro-Nano Technology (Micro-Nano Lab)

The Micro-Nano Lab was founded in 2008. It was designed and set up as a part and the target of the VNU governmental investment project to be a key laboratory of VNU-UET in a system of the key laboratories at VNU. The laboratory operates under the university administration and management, reporting its activities directly to the rector. The Micro-Nano Lab is assigned with the mission (i) to set up and to assure a sustainable and active environment for advanced research in micro and nanotechnology, (ii) to conduct and to develop highly original and modern research ideas and projects involving inter- and cross-disciplinary academic areas of physics, chemistry, materials science and life sciences, covering from fundamental science to engineering and industrial applications and (iii) to foster selected groups of undergraduate/postgraduate students to maintain excellence in both education and research at the VNU-UET and also in the VNU in the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The laboratory draws human resources from the faculties and laboratories of VNU-UET, especially from the Faculty of Engineering Physics and Nanotechnology and the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications. The laboratory staff currently consists of 10 full-time and adjunct, part-time staff members, and it involves dozens Master and Ph.D. students.
Current research areas
  • Micro-nanostructured functional magnetic materials: magneto-strictive, magneto-resistive, spin-valve materials, multiferroics, magnetic nano particles… Application studies include: magnetic field sensors, stress sensors, biochip sensors and biochips for biomedical applications etc.
  • Micro-nanostructured semiconducting materials: photo-electrochemical materials, polymer-based hybrid materials. Application studies include: organic light emitting diodes (OLED), rechargeable batteries, solar cells, etc.
  • Micro-nanostructured functional ferroelectric materials: nano-particles, thin films and composites, MEMS design, fabrication and applications.
  • Computational Physics, modeling and simulation of micro-nano materials and devices.
Research equipments and facilities
  • High-tech sample preparation, characterization apparatus: multi-target (up to six) sputtering systems, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system, spin coaters; X-ray diffractometer, atomic force/magnetic force microscope, scanning electron microscope…
  • Materials properties measurement systems: vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) facilities, magneto-resistance and magnetostrictive measurement systems, four probe resistivity measurement system, semiconductor characterization systems, ferroelectrics characterization system and others.
  • Wafer processing and chip fabrication facilities: limited-space clean-room facility, mask aligner, spin coating, wet benches, dry etcher, optical microscope, multipurpose digital thermo-sonic wire bonder, multipurpose bonding platform and others.
  • Bio sample preparation and characterization facilities for bionanotechnology research: PCR thermal cycler, UV transilluminator, purifier class II biosafety cabinets, protein electrophoresis cell, spectrophotometer, gel documentation system, ultrasonic homogenization, centrifuge…

Key Laboratory for Smart Integrated Systems (SISLAB) 

Established as the result of an investment project funded by the government budget in 2008, the Laboratory for Smart Integrated System (SIS Lab) is also a VNU-UET key laboratory and operates under the university administration and management. The laboratory is assigned the mission to initiate and coordinate concentrated teaching and research activities to develop inter- and cross- disciplinary fields of smart integrated systems engineering, and to strengthen the university’s capability in providing highly qualified human resources and high quality technology products. SIS Lab consists of a central unit – the VLSI Systems Design Laboratory – and four satellite laboratories: the Signal and Systems Laboratory, the Intelligent Networks and Systems Laboratory, the Knowledge Engineering and Information Security Laboratory, and the Embedded Systems Laboratory. With the idea on integrating the diverse competencies in the ICT and electronics engineering domains, SIS Lab draws human resources from the two major faculties of VNU-UET, the Faculty of Information Technology and the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications. The laboratory currently enjoys training and research exchanges and collaborations with MINATEC CEA-LETI, CMP, Grenoble INP, University of Paris-Sud (France); Synopsys, eSilicon, Dolphin-IC (USA); JAIST, Osaka University, University of Electronics and Communication (Japan) and can be reached at:

Current research areas

  • VLSI (FPGA/ASIC) design: system-on-chip, network-on-chip, design-for-testability, fault tolerance, video codec hardware design, low-power design, hardware/software co-design.
  • Embedded systems: embedded software, embedded hardware, and application firmware.
  • Signal and image processing, intelligent transmitting networks and systems.
  • Knowledge engineering, data mining, information security.

Research equipment and facilities

  • Informatics systems: HP computer sets and HP stations (Linux/Windows), SUN clusters, IBM servers (Redhat/Windows Vista), ATM DSLAM, Broadband Accept Servers.
  • Computer-Aided Design tools: ModelSim, Leonardo Spectrum (Mentor Graphics), Xilinx ISE Foundation tool suite, ChipScope, EDK-DO development kit for embedded systems design, ARM Realview platform.
  • Prototyping and testing equipments: spectrum analyzer (up to 26.5 GHz), network analyzer (up to 40 GHz), 34-channel portable logic analyzer, vector signal analyzer, analog signal generator, vector signal generator, RFID development tool set, 100 MHz storage oscilloscope, 1 GHz – 4 channel infinium oscilloscope, multi-functional generators, FPGA development kits (Altera, Xilinx, Actel), smart antennas/MIMO integrated solution.

Research and Development Centers

Center for Computer Network and E-Learning
The Center for Computer Network and E-learning – CCNE was established in March 2005 as an Information Communication Technology (ICT) service unit of UET with the following tasks: (i) to administer, monitor and maintain the technical infrastructure of networks and network services aiming to ensure smooth and stable communication and exploration of on-line resources supporting teaching and research activities of staff and students; (ii) to administer and monitor the e-learning resources and to provide e-learning services on demand of faculty, staff and students; (iii) to conduct R&D projects in the development of infrastructure and facilities for a digital UET.The CCNE staff has succeeded in maintaining and ensuring the smooth operation of ICT infrastructure and facilities and to manage organized network services within the UET. This enables a full exploitation of equipment and resources provided by the World Bank funded Higher-Education Project and efficient support to training and research, and to other academic activities (LDAP system, Video conferencing system, LMS system, etc.) including teleconference services for the international communications between UET and overseas partner institutions. The CCNE has the mission to become an R&D centre for network and e-learning services to effectively support training and other activities at UET.
Center for Electronics and Telecommunications Research
The Center for Electronics and Telecommunications Research (CETR) was established as a research and development center of the former Faculty of Technology by the decision of VNU President in March 2001 and reorganized by the decision of the Rector of UET in March 2005. The center operates in its own legal status. It is entrusted with the following tasks: (i) to conduct R&D research on Electronics and Telecommunications Technology, (ii) to develop, fabricate and distribute specific electronic products for application of modern technologies in communication, (iii) to provide science and technology services such as consultancy, technology transfer, and (iv) to contribute to the improvement of professional capability in Electronics and ICT.
Research areas concern low-interference, ultra-high frequency devices built on micro-strip ADS Simulation Software (Ansoft), digital real-time processing techniques, radar engineering, high frequency chips design on Cadence, wireless security and warning systems; technology transfer in wireless transmitter and receiver systems, etc.
     Significant products have been developed; to name a few as the followings:
  • Ultra-high frequency passive elements: filter set, dividers, antennas; ultra-high frequency IC, wave coverage software, anti-thief locks, smart boards, etc.
  • UHF dual channel decoders, VHF and UHF low noise magnifiers; antitheft wireless system.

CETR has hosted a few significant research and development projects, such as “Investigations on design and fabrication of a signal transmitter, receiver and processing system for broad band signals in national sovereignty identification” (power up to 3000 W at 20 GHz working frequency as the main technical specifications) under the National Research and Development Programs, “Investigation on design and fabrication of high-power microwave transmitting module used in low-attitude radars”.