Nanostructure Group

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research on nanostructures, including fabrication and characterization

Area(s) of Expertise

We fabricate nanostructures using chemical vapour deposition and combine vacuum-science with lasers and sensitive electronics characterization to study the fabricated devices toward applications in electronics, electron-beam technologies and energy conversion.

Research Services

Microfabrication, Nanostructure growth, Electronics testing, Optical characterization, Electron microscopy, Vacuum (low / high / ultra-high) characterization

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Defense and security industries
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Nanostructure Group

General electronic equipment, such as multimeters, regular oscilloscopes and low- and high-voltage power supplies


Optical microscopes


Oven, hot plate, sonicator


Fume hood


Glove box


Agilent 54845 digital oscilloscope


Agilent 6624A quad-output power supply


Keithley 6517A electrometer


Keithley 6430 sub-femtoamp source meter


Tabor 5061 arbitrary waveform generator


SR 530 lock-in amplifier


Chemical vapour deposition reactor


Hitachi 530 scanning electron microscope


Ultra-high-vacuum system and its components


Optical components and tables


Laserglow hand-held lasers


Coherent Verdi 5W solid-state laser


Coherent Mantis femto-second pulsed laser


Spectra-Physics WaveTrain frequency doubler


Spectra-Physics Beamlok 10W argon ion laser



Video about research activities

Article about our newly invented solar cell

Journal cover article: Takahata and Nojeh on the Front Cover of Physica Status Solidi (a)

Seminar video-Heat Trap: A New Way to Generate Electricity Using Nanotechnology?


Professor Alireza Nojeh - WIN Seminar Series