Southampton Nanofabrication Centre
Southampton Nanofabrication Centre

The Southampton Nanofabrication Centre is a state-of-the-art facility for microfabrication and high-spec nanofabrication, as well as a wide range of characterisation capabilities housed in the new Mountbatten Complex at the University of Southampton.

One of the premiere cleanrooms in Europe, the Centre has a uniquely broad range of technologies, combining traditional and novel top down fabrication with state-of-the-art bottom up fabrication. This allows us to develop and produce a wide range of devices in diverse fields such as electronics, nanotechnology and bionanotechnology and incorporate them into an equally comprehensive array of nano and microsystems for analysis and use. The characterisation capability is similarly extensive catalogue of microscopes and test gear, from nanometre resolution scanning microscopes to electrical, magnetic and RF analysis.

The facility is run by the Nano Research Group of the School of Electronics and Computer Science and is intended to be available for research, development and small-scale commercial projects through collaborative work and the placement of staff in the facility. Researchers will be encouraged to use the clean room for their research and to develop skills and techniques that allow them to innovate in imaginative new ways. Potential research collaborators are encouraged to contact one of the academic staff through the group research pages. Visitors with industrial or commercial interests should contact our commercial development office.

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The memristor chip

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Nanotechnology research in the University's cleanrooms

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Optical fibre drawing in the Cleanroom Complex

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