Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory

What is the Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory?

It's a clean room based laboratory for leading edge research in nano-spintronics, computer memory and data storage technology, nano-functional materials and biosensors. This includes a range of thin film deposition, micro fabrication facilities, and magneto-transport as well as nano-scale metrological characterisation instrumentations. Our six-targets and load-locked device-scale spintronic film deposition tool is unique in a UK university.

The laboratory is fully equipped for the exploration of leading edge science and technology, with a wide range of applications in sectors such as communications, defence, aerospace, security and photonic surgery to medical and analytical instrumentation.

Equipment includes:
  • laser and electron microscopes and a confocal laser microscope 
  • magnetic and spin transport measurement systems; fully computer-controlled MH, RH and spin torque switching, capable of measuring films as thin as 1nm; and a Keithely dual channel V & I source/measurement meter for transistors 
  • Nano-R atomic force microscope with sub-nm resolution for 3D characterisation of nano-scale devices and surface morphology, film thickness and surface roughness 
  • Nordiko 9550 spintronic deposition tool with six-targets and load-locked device-scale spintronic film deposition capability 
  • OAI submicron mask aligner – semi-automatic with a minimum feature size of 0.8 µm.
The following research interests and opportunities are also available in this area:
  • graphene technologies 
  • head field simulation 
  • label-free bio-transistors 
  • metallic spintronic films and devices 
  • semiconductor spin field effect transistors 
  • signal processing 
  • spintronic biosensors 
  • thin film heads, media and micro/nanofabrication.
What are the benefits to you or your organisation?
We aim to solve your problems by providing access to our expertise and state-of-the art laboratories. Our services are used by a wide variety of private and public sector organisations ranging from short-term single jobs to long-term research projects. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
How does it work?
We offer a full consultation service from the initial project concept through to final delivery. You tell us the problem and we'll suggest possible routes to deliver the solution. We work closely with our customers so that you'll achieve the maximum benefit from our work.
How much will it cost?
All work conducted by the Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory is priced depending on your needs. Get in touch to tell us about your project and we'll provide an individual quote for you.
Are you eligible?
The services provided by the Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory are accessible to all types of organisations.