Thales Research & Technology (TRT), France

Contact :
Afshin Ziaei





THALES Research and Technology - France located near Paris, is the main multidisciplinary research unit of the THALES group, one of the major world players in civilian & professional electronics. Through its internal activities and scientific links with industries and universities, either in France or internationally, TRT is participating in the preparation of THALES industrial future in strategic R&D fields. In addition to R&D activities, TRT also provides scientific and technical advice, expertise or services for the company. TRT has been participating in or leading numerous research programs, either national or EU-funded, in the frame of ACTS, TELEMATICS, ESPRIT, BRITE-EURAM, TMR, ISM programme Its technological lead in these high-addedvalue fields naturally is compounded with the best production solution at the lowest cost. Owing to its production capacities and to its organizational flexibility, THALES Research & Technology ranks among top competitors worldwide. Technological expertise and extensive know-how make THALES Research & Technology a privileged partner for developing top-performance and highly competitive products and systems. With over 250 highly skilled staff, 13000 m² of labs of which 1700 m² clean rooms, TRT research teams perform pioneering work in the most advanced areas of optics & opto-electronics, electronic components for microwave applications, advanced interconnect and packaging, Micro-systems for acoustic, RF & optic applications, materials, software architecture and cognitive science. S&T skills, ranging from materials elaboration (epitaxy of various semiconductors or magnetic thin films, ceramics, polymers, PZT), through component modeling, processing, testing, assembly and packaging, to integration in appropriate demonstrators are available on site and allow full validation of the technologies investigated before their transfer to operational divisions of the THALES Group which proposes RF and millimeter wave components and modules for the telecommunication civilian market.

Resources: The facilities, located in class 1000 and clean room areas, include: Chemical bench, Contact Mask Aligner for backside process (CD 1 μm), DC on wafer test station, E-beam evaporator, Electron Beam Lithography (CD 0.1μm), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), Joule evaporator, Lapping & polishing Unit, Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition (PECVD), Plating bench, Reactive Ion Etching (RIE), RF on wafer test station, Sputtering


Afshin ZIAEI received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Paris XI (Orsay) in 1997 and the M.S. degree in Electronics and Microwaves Engineering from the University of Paris VI (Jussieu) in 1998 and he received Ph.D. degree in microwave from the Department of Electronics Engineering at CNRS-IEMN (Institut d'Electronique et de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie) in 2001. He joined the research engineer at Thales Research & Technology, France, in 1999. His research interests include the development, design, fabrication, and characterization of RF MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) components such as mechanical switches, transmission lines, etc. He was involved or in charge of many French or European Projects (such as ARHMS, NANOPACK (coordinator of projects), ARESSAT, MEMS2, PEA MEMS, FLAME). He is a member of IEEE.


Dr. Guy GARRY (HDR) is in charge of the “Physical Analysis Laboratory” within the “Groupe Technologies Mesures”. His main work focused on thin film materials to be used in electronic and optronic equipments and radars. His expertise extends also over the deposition techniques such as Chemical Vapor deposition, Magnetron sputtering and Pulsed Laser deposition (PLD). He implanted this last technique (PLD) in TRT for the epitaxial growth of superconductors, ferroelectrics and thermochromic materials as well as multilayers of such materials. He has been an Associated Professor at the Université Paris-Sud (IFIPS) during three years. He has co-authored over 70 publications . He has been involved in many European and National projects and has coordinated several ones.

Olivier PREVOTAT: Business Development Manager. Engineer Degree from the University of Paris-Orsay and Executive MBA from the ESSEC Business School in Paris. Olivier joined the Thales group in 1991 and worked as Development Engineer, Sales Manager and Projects Manager in three different Thales entities. He also worked for two years in a Greek SME. Olivier has a ten-year experience in managing EC projects of all types (IP, STREPs, CSA ...). Olivier will be in charge of the administrative part of the project, for this he can rely on a team of seven experienced persons all having extensive background in managing EC projects (legal, financial, contractual aspects).


Dr. Bernard SERVET obtained his PhD degree (Doctorat de 3ème cycle) in 1980 and his Doctorat d’Etat es sciences (Solid State Physics) in 1987 from University Paris 7 in France. His main works focused on ferroelectric polymers, poly(vinylidene fluoride) and related copolymers, and contributed to the development of a unique technology for the fabrication of piezoelectric polymeric hydrophones, currently exploited at Thales Underwater Systems. He is author or co-author of around 40 publications or proceedings and 7 patents. He is responsible for optical characterisations in the Advanced Physical Analyses Laboratory of Thales R&T and is currently involved in the physical studies of organic and inorganic materials for microelectronic, optoelectronic and spintronic applications.


Elodie Leveugle received her engineer degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, France, in 2002. She received a PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of Virginia (USA) in 2007. She joined Thales Research & Technology in 2008. She is experienced thermal characterization, modeling and simulation.

Laurent Divay received his M.S. degree in condensed matter Physics and Chemistry from the University of Paris XI (Orsay) in 2002, and his PhD degree in Physics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan in 2006. He is now a research engineer in the Chemistry and Organic Materials Laboratory in TRT, and is involved in the formulation, synthesis and characterization of organic and composite materials for application in optical, electrical and thermal fields.