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Posted: Sep 13, 2011

4D LABS and Cambridge NanoTech Join to Develop Novel Nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) 4D LABS, a research institute for innovation in the design, development, demonstration and delivery of advanced materials research at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Cambridge NanoTech announced today a strategic partnership as they work together to develop new and novel precursor applications for real world use. 4D LABS' Nanofabrication Facility through the financial support of NSERC, CFI, BCKDF, and SFU expands their capabilities with the addition of Cambridge NanoTech's Fiji Plasma-enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) system.
The Fiji, capable of both thermal and plasma processing, will enable users of the 4D LABS Nanofabrication Facility, a Class 100/ISO 5 clean room, to develop new thin film technologies and processes. "This is the first ALD system as part of an open access user facility in British Columbia and will be available to users from a diverse range of fields," explains Byron Gates, Director of the Nanofabrication Facility at 4D LABS. "We support both academic and industrial users in 4D LABS, assisting them with their materials research and development needs by working with them on a one-on-one basis. These needs can span from a new material or component, to a final device or system. Plasma ALD offers even more options in terms of the range and the quality of the films we can deliver." The addition of Cambridge NanoTech's Fiji complements a full suite of deposition and characterization tools already in place within the facility. According to Gates, "We are very excited to build upon our existing strengths in materials science and engineering with the addition of the Fiji, which will enhance our ability to make designer materials. It also enables our clients to continue their lead in the development, demonstration, and delivery of new materials and technologies to address emerging challenges that are both academically and commercially relevant."
The collaboration includes plans to further advance material development by creating new chemical precursor and processes for ALD to be co-developed by Cambridge NanoTech, SFU's Department of Chemistry, and 4D LABS. "We've already begun planning our first films development project," explained Eric Deguns, Senior Research Scientist at Cambridge NanoTech. "Our films development will be focused on electronics and clean energy applications, and films that will be finely tuned to meet specific device needs. By expanding our precursor applications, we will be able offer new materials that can be deposited through ALD onto everyday products." These materials are being sought for their novel electro-optical, photo-elastic, piezoelectric, and non-linear properties.
"Part of our evaluation process when searching for ALD suppliers included assessing the technical staff behind the hardware. From this investigation it was clear that Cambridge NanoTech has a vast and dedicated ALD expertise. Their on-going openness to share their expertise has lead to the recent formation of a joint plan to develop new materials and processes," said Gates. "We are excited to be working with Cambridge NanoTech as we continue to facilitate leading edge work in the research, development, and applications of materials."
About 4D LABS
4D LABS is an institute for open innovation located at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada that offers specialized services in materials research and development. The institute provides access to multiple facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and expertise that are available to academic, industrial, and government users who are seeking solutions through material science and engineering research.
About Cambridge NanoTech
Cambridge NanoTech delivers Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems capable of depositing ultra-thin films that are used in a wide variety of research and industrial applications. Our manufacturing ALD systems are used in the production of semiconductors, flat panel displays, and solid state lighting. Cambridge NanoTech research systems are used by world class scientists on five continents to study superior ALD film properties such as electrical, anti-bacterial, UV-blocking, and anti-reflection. To learn more about Cambridge NanoTech, please visit
Source: Cambridge NanoTech (press release)
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