We have materials growth capability from the nano to macro-scale covering an enormous range of materials and systems, underpinned by extensive materials modelling.

Our facilities include:

  • semiconductor and nanotechnology cleanroom which supports sputtering for deposition of magnetic and superconducting metals and plasma-laser deposition of complex oxides such as piezo-electric materials.(Part-funded by the Royce Institute.)

  • An electron-beam lithography facility, which is a regional, class 1 JEOL 6300 facility providing sub-10-nanometre feature patterning. This is complemented by a range of processing equipment and capability

  • Integrated synthetic biology facilities to support bionanotechnology, including instrumentation for protein expression and purification, cell culture, and biomolecular manipulation, and facilities to enable rapid microfluidics prototyping.

  • Cleanroom prototyping laboratories for glass cell processing. These laboratories can be used with liquid crystal-based and other soft-matter devices, such as polymers and biopolymers, glasses, composites, complex fluids, gels and networks, and colloids.