Nanostructure Group

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

Research on nanostructures, including fabrication and characterization

Areas 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
  • Defence and security industries
  • Energy
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)




General electronic equipment
Regular oscilloscopes General electronic equipment
Low- and high-voltage power supplies General electronic equipment

Optical microscopes



Hot plate  

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 including electron energy analyzer


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

Bruker Vertex 70 FTIR spectrometer  



Video about our research activities

Article about our newly invented solar cell, “A new generation of solar power”

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

Professor Alireza Nojeh - WIN Seminar Series: Carbon nanotubes, photons and electrons: still full of surprises after two decades of research


Two awards for the Nojeh Nanostructure Group (conference best poster awards)