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London Centre for Nanotechnology Opens

by Editor1 last modified March 24, 2007 - 18:41

The London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) marked its official opening at a celebration in early November. LCN brings together resources and personnel from University College London and Imperial College London to direct nanoscience research for solutions in information processing, health care, and energy and environment.

London Centre for Nanotechnology Opens

London Centre for Nanotechnology celebrates opening

Under LCN, dozens of professors and researchers with expertise in chemistry, physics, materials, medicine, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and earth sciences will be brought together from the two universities.

As to resources, LCN researchers has access to a state-of-the-art clean-room, as well as characterisation, fabrication, manipulation and design laboratories. Leading edge modeling, visualization and theory will also be supported.

The LCN has a broad range of in-house world class capabilities, that cover areas as diverse as nanotubes and composites, superconductors, organic and carbon nanostructures, nanophotonics, magnetism, novel nanofabrication in III-V, silicon and organic materials, MEMS and various medical diagnostics and therapy based nanotechnologies.

Nano-characterisation: Technologies required to see and understand nanostructures in both the biological and non-biological areas:
• Microscopies using light,electrons and ions as probes, e.g.confocal microscopy,TEM,SEM,X-ray, neutron and other microscopies
• Microscopies based on physically scanned probes, e.g.STM, AFM
• Methods for measuring the nano-electrical, structural, mechanical, rheological, acoustic, thermal and magnetic properties

Ultra-clean laboratories with the ability to produce nano-materials and devices using various biological and non-biological materials:
• Silicon,III-V and other semiconductor fabrication
• Unconventional fabrication – e.g.Organics, Diamond

Techniques and technologies to model, visualize and design nano-scale structures and devices in biological and non-biological areas:
• First principles,atomic/molecular level theory
• Complex visualization and design tools
• Uniquely powerful computational methods

Medicine and Systems:
In order to augment the medical expertise resident within the LCN,the Centre is building links to the vast clinical, bio-medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other specialist medical infrastructure across University College and Imperial College London. This will aid the rapid delivery and uptake of bio-nanotechnology. Key to the effective delivery of ‘realisable‘ and commercially useful nanotechnology is the incorporation of a systems approach.

For more on LCN’s resources, areas of focus and faculty, please click here.