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Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST)

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

University of Virginia

Last Reviewed: 01/13/2020

The MIST Center explores disruptive materials, manufacturing processes, and device technologies to increase the capabilities of integrated electronic systems.  The motivating vision is Innovating More than Moore technologies for smart systems in the Internet of Things era.

Center Mission and Rationale



The MIST Center mission is to facilitate integration of novel materials, processes, devices, and circuits into multi-functional systems through research partnerships between university, industry, and government stakeholders.

Such innovation is driven by the need to enhance the functionality of integrated systems.

The Center brings together diverse expertise from academia and industry to catalyze innovation at the intersections of materials, micro/nanofabrication, magnetics, acoustics, photonics, wireless communications, devices/electronics, microfluidics, MEMS/NEMS, power/energy, and system architectures.


Multi-functional integrated systems are typified by the synergistic integration of different materials, length scales, input/output energies, devices, transduction mechanisms, and power sources.  For example, today’s smartphones are being revolutionized by integration of new sensors, actuators, and power sources. Each component adds compounding functionality, and when working together, this integrated sensing/computation/communication platform can create entirely new products and markets. It is evident that integrated hardware functionality is a key enabler for the transformative electronic systems of tomorrow. Hence, the MIST Center aims to explore the question: What new functionalities heretofore unimagined can be enabled by new material/sensor/actuator/device/energy/communication/circuit combinations?

The MIST Center is motivated by three major research/industry opportunities:

  • Stepping beyond the current challenge of continued conventional scaling of integrated circuits, a.k.a. Moore’s Law
  • Exploring new functional “smart systems” in healthcare, clean energy/smart grid, automotive, aerospace, etc.
  • Integrating nanomaterials and nanostructures into micro/nanosystem manufacturing 


This leads to our Vision:

Innovating More than Moore technologies for smart systems in the Internet of Things era.

Research program

Enabling Technologies for IoT

Large (and growing) collective knowledge base in the MIST Center provides valuable expertise in enabling technologies for IoT which span from atom to system.

Atom to System

  • Nanomaterials
  • Processes
  • Devices
  • Circuits
  • System

Research at the MIST Center focuses on the development of new materials, manufacturing processes, devices, circuits, and systems at strategic intersections. Each specific research activity is formulated via close interaction between the MIST Center stakeholders: MIST Center member organizations (companies and government agencies), faculty, and students.


Special Activities

Outreach activities for energizing undergraduate students in STEM through synergistic IoT platform development

Facilities and Laboratory

  • Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group (IMG) collaborative research labs
  • Nanoscale Research Facility (55,000 sq. ft. open user facility with 7,300 sq. ft. class 100/1000 cleanroom)
  • Major Analytical Instrumentation Center
  • Particle Analysis Instrumentation Center
  • Advanced Microfabrication Facility
  • Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center
  • Materials Characterization Facility
  • Magnetics Measurements Laboratory
  • Liquid Crystal Processing/Characterization Laboratory
  • Microwave and Antennas Laboratory
  • RF Reliability Characterization Laboratory
  • Computer Architecture Laboratory


University of Florida

235A Larsen Hall
P.O. Box 116200

Gainesville, Florida, 32611-6200

United States

University of Central Florida

423 Harris Engineering Center
P.O. Box 162362

Orlando, Florida, 32816-2362

United States

University of Virginia

351 McCormick Road
E315 Thornton

Charlottesville, Virginia, 22904

United States