Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC)

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research, training, and service in advanced materials and related technology

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC) at the University of Victoria encourages interdisciplinary materials research. The Centre's key research areas include: crystal growth of semiconductors, dielectric materials characterization, magnetic and superconductive materials, electron and optical microscopy, fabrication of nanoprobes, optical advanced materials, advanced composites, alloys, ceramics, integrated circuit technology, infrared detectors, microsensors, microfluidic technologies, opto-electronic and micro-electronic devices, piezoelectric actuators, and chemical sensors. The Centre stimulates the development of new equipment and facilities on campus and also attracts graduate students and visiting scientists interested in advanced materials. As an interdisciplinary centre, CAMTEC manages an impressive array of shared equipment and facilities for both internal (UVic faculties and collaborators) and external (companies and government agencies) users. CAMTEC disseminates the knowledge and experience it gains from the research into advanced materials throughout UVic, to the private and public sectors, and to other Canadian universities and institutions. 

Research services

Fabrication, including lithography; focused ion milling; material deposition and microfluidic, materials characterization, including scanning/transmission/cryo-transmission electron microscopy, dark-field hyperspectral microscopy; Raman spectroscopy and scanning fluorescence microscopy, optical and photonics, including scanning near-field optical microscopy; biological and chemical sensing and single photon counting system, and biomolecular sample preparation, including flow cytometry; quantitative polymerase chain reaction; protein liquid chromatography; DNA sequencing; bacterial protein expression and tissue culture.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)

Specialized lab



Advanced Microscopy Facility

Hitachi HF-3300V STEHM

Hitachi Field Emission S-4800 SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy)

Hitachi FB-2100 FIB (Focused Ion Beam)

Hitachi H-7000 TEM

Hitachi Zone SEM UV cleaner

Hitachi Zone TEM UV cleaner

Fischione 1010 Ion Mill

Fischione 1020 Plasma Cleaner

Cressington 208C Carbon Coater

Anatech Hummer IV Sputter Coater

Form 1 3D printer

Poster printer

Imaging, analysis, spectroscopy and SEM/TEM sample preparation

Facility for Biomolecular Sample Preparation (FBS)

Innova I26R bacterial incubators

Beckmann Avanti J-E floor centrifuge

Various table-top centrifuges and micropipets

AKTA Start Fast protein liquid Chromatography systems

Agilent multi-purpose liquid Chromatography system

Mini-PROTEAN Vertical Electrophoresis cells for SDS-Page

–80°C cold storage

Biowave Personal Cell Density Meter

Tissue culture hood

Mammalian cell incubator

Cell storage Dewar

SpectraMax M5 Multimode Microplate Spectrometer

Biacore X100 SPR (Surface Plasmon Resonance)

MicroCal VP-ITC

Shimadzu Preparative HPLC

CEM Liberty1 peptide synthesizer

Diverse mass spectrometers (Department of Chemistry Mass Spectrometry Facility)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (Department of Chemistry NMR Facility)

Bench-top PH Meter With Probe

Temperature-controlled water bath

balances, vortex mixers, rockers, stirring hot plates, block heater, ultrasonic bath

Imaging, analysis, synthesis, spectroscopy and bio-sample preparation

Facility for Imaging, Photonics and Spectroscopy (FIPS)

Agilent 5500 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

Confocal laser scanning microscope (coming soon)

Dark field hyperspectral microscope

Renishaw inVia micro-Raman system

Scanning fluorescence microscope (coming soon)

Scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) (coming soon)

Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) system

Single photon counting system (coming soon)

Tip-Enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) microscope (coming soon)

Transmission optical microscope

Imaging, analysis, synthesis, spectroscopy and nanomaterial, photonics device fabrication

UVic Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab)

AlphRaith 50 Electron Beam Lithography system (EBL)

UV optical lithography system

Angstrom Engineering Glove-Box Electron Beam Evaporator

Mantis® QUBE sputter deposition system

SE Variable Angle Spectral Ellipsometer (VASE)

Material and device fabrication, characterization and film deposition 

  • Axys Analytical Services Ltd.
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • Biomark Technologies
  • CEOS Corrected Electron Optical Systems GmbH
  • Genome BC
  • Hitachi High-Technologies Canada Inc.
  • Inception Sciences Inc.
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Papierfabrik Louisenthal GmbH
  • Photon Control Inc.
  • SeaStar Chemicals Inc.
  • StressMarq Biosciences Inc.
  • The Centre for Drug Research and Development



Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF)


Facility for Biomolecular Sample Preparation (FBS)


Facility for Imaging, Photonics and Spectroscopy


UVic Nanofabrication Facility