Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC)

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

Materials science.

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
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Education
  • Energy
  • 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

Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM)


Hitachi Field Emission S-4800 SEM

Scanning Electron Microscope


Hitachi FB-2100 FIB

Focused Ion Beam


Hitachi Zone SEM UV cleaner



Hitachi Zone TEM UV cleaner

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) 


Fischione 1010 Ion Mill



Fischione 1020 Plasma Cleaner



Cressington 208C Carbon Coater



Form 1 3D printer



Poster printer



Bruker D8 Discover X-Ray Detector System

X-ray system


Hummer VI Gold Sputter Coater

Gold coater

Biomedical Core (BioCore)

AKTA Start Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) system



BioClave Benchtop Autoclave



QIAGEN QIAQuant qPCR thermal cycler

Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) Thermocycler


QIAGEN QIAcuity ddPCR System

Droplet Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction (ddPCR) Thermocycler


Axygen GelDoc Gel Imaging System

High resolution gel imaging


Bacterial Shaking Incubators (3)



Class IIA Biosafety Cabinets (2)

Handling of BSL-2 samples and tissue culture


CO2 Incubator

Dedicated for cell culture


Beckman-Coulter CytoFLEX Flow Cytometer

Flow cytometry


Accuris MW9600 Microplate Washer

Automated microplate washer


Biacore X100 Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) system

Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) assays for investigate binding kinetics and affinity.


Cytation 5 Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader

Imager/Reader. Fluorescence plate reader, fitted with a liquids handler, gas exchanger, and incubator.


SpectraMax M5 Multi-Mode Microplate Reader



Peptide Synthesizer

Peptide synthesis


Sartorius BLItz® system

Bio-Layer Interferometry (BLI) for investigating kinetics and affinity of macromolecular interactions

Facility for Imaging, Photonics and Spectroscopy (FIPS)

Agilent 5500 Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)



Zeiss LSM 880 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope



CytoViva Darkfield Hyperspectral Microscope



Renishaw inVia micro-Raman system

Raman microscope


Nanonics Imaging Ltd. MultiView 2000 Scanning Probe Microscope



Empyrean Multipurpose X-ray Diffractometer



Superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) System



Nanonics MultiView 4000 Scanning Probe Microscope



Optical System with MIRA900 Laser

Tunable laser system


Perkin Elmer LAMBDA 1050 UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer

UV, visible, near infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) spectrometry


AlphRaith 50 Electron Beam Lithography system (EBL)


UVic Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab)

OAI UV optical lithography system

UV light lithography


Angstrom Engineering Glove-Box Electron Beam Evaporator

For material deposition


Mantis® QUBE sputter deposition system



SE Variable Angle Spectral Ellipsometer (VASE)

Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE), Film characterization


DEKTAK Profilometer

For surface roughness characterization


PSDP-UVT Benchtop UV Cleaner with Heated Sample Stage

Ultraviolet transmittance or transmission (UVT), UV ozone cleaner

  • 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)


CAMTEC Biomedical Core (BioCore)


Facility for Imaging, Photonics and Spectroscopy (FIPS)


UVic Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab)