Dr. Danick Briand

Senior Scientist

Danick Briand received his B.Eng. degree and M.A.Sc. degree in engineering physics from École Polytechnique in Montréal, Canada, in collaboration with the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France, in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the field of micro-chemical systems from the Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2001. His Ph.D. led to the successful technological transfer of micromachined gas sensing platforms to industry. He is currently leading the research team on EnviroMEMS, Energy and Environmental MEMS, at EPFL-IMT LMTS. He is in charge of European, national and industrial projects, he supervises doctoral students, and he is contributing to the educational program. He is a member of the technical program committee of different conferences on sensors and Microsystems and of the steering committee of the Eurosensors and ISOCS conferences. He has been awarded the Eurosensors Fellowship in 2010. He has been author or co-author on more than 200 papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. He has delivered more than 35 invited presentations and contributed to four books in the field of sensors and energy harvesting.
He is working on the development of environmentally-conscious Microsystems, green microtechnologies and microfabrication, and microsystems for environmental and energy applications. His research interests in the field of sensors and Microsystems include energy harvesting, polymeric and Power MEMS, printed sensors and microsystems, and energy autonomous smart systems.


Research Area

Environmentally-friendly technology is a rapidly growing research area and many micro- and nanotechnologies are being developed to tackle environmental problems. These technologies must enable the effective use of resources and energy in their realization and their application.

Microtechnology is a tool that can contribute to the mitigation of environmental issues. The development of the next generation of microsystems should lead to sustainable, reusable, recyclable and environmental friendly devices and systems.

The research of the EnviroMEMS research group is oriented towards microtechnologies for sustainable development, envisioning environmental friendly processes for MEMS production, and their use in applications that could bring benefit to the environment.


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