Tthe Delft Institute of Microelectronics and Submicron Technology DIMES was created in 1987 as a new facility for the fabrication of special integrated circuits and submicron experimental samples. A new 2000 m2 clean room was built. It superseded the IC-atelier of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the Center for Submicron Technology of the Faculty of Technical Physics. On the 1st of January 1993, the 'Research School DIMES' was created to consolidate microelectronic research and fabrication at Delft University of Technology in one organization. The Institute was one of the first Dutch Research Schools recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW). In later years a facility for nano-device fabrication and a high- frequency measurement laboratory were added.
The research groups in DIMES have actively cooperated and have been running joint laboratories since the early 1970's, when the first integrated circuits were fabricated in Delft. It is this intimate, longstanding and highly profitable integration of all important aspects of system design, devices and fundamental physics, which made the Institute to flourish.
The Institute has around 225 researchers, Ph.D. students and technicians as members, quite a few of whom have achieved a high international reputation. It engages in an aggressive research program which aims at developing and supplying a dvanced knowledge and experience for the benefit of the country's manpower base and its industry. Approximately 120 Ph.D. student members profit from the accumulated knowledge and practical experience of the Institute, which also features a dedicated education program for them.