Nanostructure Group

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
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.

What the facility does

Research on nanostructures, including fabrication and characterization

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