Micro Nano Lab (MinoLab)

About the Laboratory

Minolab’s mission and goal is to create, maintain and develop an environment for applied and innovative research, testing, analysis, design and prototyping in the field of printed circuit boards, micro- and nanoelectronics with a focus in applications related to electromagnetic compatibility, RFID, MEMS and biomedical applications.

The main objective of the laboratory is to solve problems and tasks arising from electronics, microelectronics and nanoelectronics applications, developing high-tech and affordable methods and tools for design, modeling and testing.


Current Activities
  • Early fault detection, correction and failure analysis in micro and nano elements, modules and systems, chip-level prototypes.
  • Measurement and characterization of integrated circuits and systems, circuit boards and devices.
  • Circuit level design (electrical and integrated), prototyping.
  • Development and testing of circuit and system level devices, including embedded systems.
  • Conducting trainings in the fields of electronic engineering, micro- and nanoelectronics.
  • Perform research and development activities to optimize and develop new products, devices and systems.

Services and Equipment

  • visual inspection
  • in-depth detection of defects
  • X-Ray inspection
  • structural characterisation of thin films
  • measurement of layer thicknesses
  • high precision micro cutting
  • layer removal
  • decapsulation of ICs
  • measurements and characterization of microelectronics devices
  • NDT thermography
  • prototyping of PCBs
  • XRF Spectrometer
  • SAM microscope
  • X-Ray Inspection System
  • Shear stress Bondtester
  • Ion milling and polishing machine
  • Emission Microscope (EMMI)
  • Plasma Decapsulator
  • Curve Tracer
  • Optical microscopes

Scientific Publications

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Assoc. Prof. Dimitar Nikolov

Technical University – Sofia
Head of the laboratory

Scientific Areas:

Modelling of Semiconductor Devices, Design of Integrated Circuits and Printed Circuit Boards, Advanced Materials, Bioelectronics, Renewable Energy Sources, Electromobility


Dimitar Nikolov graduated with a Master's degree in Electronics from the Technical University – Sofia in 2009.

In 2015, he defended his PhD thesis at the Technical University – Sofia in the field of micropower devices.

Since 2020, he has been an associate professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Technical University – Sofia.

He has extensive international experience, with specializations in France and Germany, and has served as a visiting researcher at KU Leuven, Bruges Campus. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Business Administration – Strategic Management (AMBA) program at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

In 2023, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Cluster of Microelectronics and Industrial Electronics Systems. He is a full member and head of the working group of the AI Cluster Bulgaria for specialized integrated circuits for artificial intelligence.

Since 2022, Assoc. Nikolov has been the head of the Yacht Club at the Technical University – Sofia.

His research and project activities are in the fields of micro- and nanoelectronics, design and technologies for manufacturing integrated circuits and systems, sensor and MEMS applications, bioelectronic devices, new materials, etc. He is the author of more than 40 scientific papers and has led and participated in more than 15 completed projects in the field of micro- and nanoelectronics and their applications in industry.