NanoLab is a classified Class 100 cleanroom located at the department of Physics.
The Nanolab was established in June 2012, and has since its inception been in continuous development. Today, it comprises a variety of advanced fabrication and characterization setups, including a mask aligner (Karl Süss Mask Aligner MJB3), a nanoimprinter (Obducat NIL 2.5), a thin-film deposition system (PVD75 thermal evaporator), a contact angle meter, and a spin coater, as well as number of more standard pieces of equipment, such as vacuum ovens, hotplates, optical microscopes, UV-curing boxes, and analytical scales.
As NanoLab’s environment is extremely clean (10 000 times less airborne particles than in a normal laboratory), it is possible to manufacture and study materials with notably high standard and precision. The facility is currently an invaluable tool for the University´s rapidly expanding research in the fields of microelectronics, optics and photonics, and nanotechnology, but it is also of obvious interest for scientists that are interested in, e.g., the fabrication and/or appropriate characterization of thin films, or materials that feature structures on the micrometer or sub-micrometer level. As such, its potential users encompass experimental researcher in essentially a wide variety of fields in natural science and medicine.
Organization and steering
The manager of NanoLab (Dr. Roushdey Salh) was recruited from Germany, and is formally hired at the department of Physics.
The steering board
Prof. Ludvig Edman and Dr. Thomas Wågberg, but the near-term plan is to expand the steering board so that it comprises two scientists outside the realm of the department of Physics.
Service, availability and booking
The equipment in NanoLab is made available to all scientists at Umeå University, as well as external institutions, for a fee of 300 SEK per hour. It is possible for high-volume users to apply for a discount. The NanoLab manager offers training sessions on each piece of equipment on an annual basis or on demand, and after approval following the training the user can independently use the equipment he or she has been trained on. Non-approved users can only use a piece of equipment under the supervision of the manager. Manuals and handbooks have been developed for each piece of equipment, and are available online on the NanoLab website:
All of the equipment in NanoLab is available for booking during normal work days, and the booking system is available at: www.phys.umu.se/cleanroombooking.
NanoLab is used for both undergraduate education (grundutbildning) and graduate teaching. Two advanced courses on the undergraduate level (Nano Science 7.5hp and Advanced Materials 7.5hp) currently use NanoLab as their laboratory facility in which the experiments are carried out. Two courses on the graduate level (Cleanroom technology 1.5 ECTS and Physical thin film deposition 1.5 ECTS) are also offered annually and are announced at the KBC website. These courses have primarily attracted participants from the Physics, Chemistry and Applied Physics department, but participants from the international business program and the department of Clinical Microbiology have also attended. Specific teaching and training sessions have also been offered on a regular basis to interested users. The courses are given in English, and the numbers of students are between 17 and 25 in each undergraduate course, and between 5 and 10 in each graduate course. For the coming years, courses are planned in Nano-imprinting and Material surface modification.