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Platform for Advanced
Characterisation Grenoble

The Single Entry Point for commercial services of material characterisation dedicated to micro- and nano-electronics industry


A key player in the high reliability market, the PAC-G provides companies with a broad spectrum of neutron energies (from 14MeV to thermal neutrons) for SEE testing, all with a homogeneous and adjustable flux. It also offers synchrotron X-rays micro and nanobeams for the assessment of SEE sensitivity of chips and fault injection.


The PAC-G offers access to neutron and synhcrotron X-rays imaging services at resolutions unique in the world. Available at the European neutron source (ILL) and at the European synchrotron facility (ESRF), these techniques help to unveil the hidden secrets of electronic devices either in the analysis of failure mechanisms or in the qualification of new products or processess. Phase-contrast imaging and in-situ/in-operando investigations are also possible.


Combining the high-end techniques available at the ILL and at the ESRF with the complementary state-of-the-art lab techniques available at the nanocharacterisation platform at CEA-Leti, the PAC-G is able to address inumerous characterisation challenges involving virtually any element on earth. A whole set of techniques is available for interface and thin film characterisation, crystal quality assessment, elemental analysis, stress and strain measurements and structural characterisation.

Our Industrial Partners

What is PAC-G?

The Platform for Advanced Characterisation Grenoble (PAC-G) offers advanced characterization services dedicated to micro/nanoelectronics innovation, set up within the framework of the Technological Research Institute Nanoelec, thanks the funding for future investments (reference ANR-10-AIRT-05). The members of Nanoelec’s Characterisation programme are the European neutron source ILL, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, the CEA-Leti, the Subatomic Physics and Cosmology Laboratory (CNRS-UGA) as research partners and STMicroelectronics, SOITEC and Schneider as industrial partners.


Services guaranteed


• Single entry point to access complementary large scale research infrastructures •  Flexibility, reactivity and customisation

•  Reactivity •  Mail-in services

• One shot services • Long term collaboration agreements • Collaborative projects (H2020, PPP) • Advice and training


• NDA/CDA and MTA as needed


• Multidisciplinary team • World renowned expertise • World class characterisation facilities

Latest News

GENESIS platform temporarily closed for upgrades

The GENESIS neutron facility is currently undergoing several improvement works and is closed for external users until November 2019. These upgrades together with the new shielding configuration installed in early[…]

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A brand new series of articles and application cases

One of the most common reactions we get when promoting our services to the industry is the classic “Oaw! But that is too advanced for us!”. With all the remarkable[…]

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AlienS: School for advanced material characterization, 14-18 October 2019

PAC-G organizes in cooperation with the INSTN/CEA-Grenoble and The Dresden Fraunhofer Cluster Nano-analysis (DFCNA) the one-week advanced training course AlienS, focused on advanced material characterization. The goal is the launch[…]

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Synchrotron X-rays Topography

The characterisation of crystals or layers deposited on a crystalline substrate provides insight into their performance for electronic or other applications and help improve their quality.

The facilities available through PAC-G offers a service portfolio of Bragg diffraction X-ray imaging techniques, providing quantitative and qualitative information on defects in single crystals. DOWNLOAD

Neutron Radiation hardness testing

Neutron-induced single event effects (SEE) and radiation hardness testing facilities of PAC-G offer a homogeneous and adjustable neutron flux.

High energy and thermal neutrons help to anticipate the results from the preparation of proton and heavy ion tests and a broad spectrum of neutron energy from fast to thermal neutrons (14 MeV, 2.5 MeV and 25 meV) is available on the same site. DOWNLOAD

Our Team

Jérôme Beaucour

Director of PAC-G

Rafael Varela Della Giustina

Business development engineer at PAC-G

Micaela Pinola

Marketing and communication manager at PAC-G

Maud Baylac

Head of accelerator and ion source division at CNRS-LPSC

Edward Mitchell

Head of Business Development at ESRF

Ennio Capria

Deputy Head of Business Development at ESRF

Narciso Gambacorti

Program Manager Nanocharacterization at CEA-LETI

Thanh-Tra Nguyen

Research Engineer at CEA-Leti

Manon Letiche

Scientific Responsible at ILL

Cécile Girardot

Nanotechnology Industrial Liaison Engineer at ESRF