Our researchers have a range of equipment and tools available to them across different departments at the University. A database of major tools and facilities is found on http://www.equipment.admin.cam.ac.uk/

Some important research tools are made available to us by the Cambridge facility of the Henry Royce Institute, based out of the Maxwell Centre – a list of these is included below.

Further information including booking details can be found on the Maxwell Centre website.

A number of items of equipment are managed by the NanoDTC directly. These are available for use by members of the University and external users who already have a host in the department, on a chargeable basis. Please contact us for further information.
Members of the University can find out more about specific pieces of equipment or contact the relevant person for training below:


  • Standard (Ac/Contact Mode)
  • Piezo Force  Microscopy
  • Magneto Force Microscopy
  • Fluid Cell (closed fluid exchanges whilst imaging)
  • Electrical Measurements
  • Electrostatic Force Microscopy
  • Scanning Kelvin Probe
  • Conductive AFM (ORCA)

Location: Maxwell Lab 0.83

Contacts: Eduardo Camarillo Abad (ec675) / Anna Scheeder (afs41)


  • Size range maximum diameter 0.3nm to 10 microns
  • Molecular weight range 980Da to 2x1E7Da
  • Zeta potential range  > +/- 500mV
  • Mobility range  >+/- 20µ.cm/V.s

Location: Maxwell Lab 0.80

Contact: Anna Scheeder (afs41) / Reece McCoy (rm991)


  • Triggers before, during or after capture
  • Microscope adapter
  • Versatile clamp arm
  • Strong light
  • Macro lens
  • Photo-processing software

Location: Maxwell 0.80

Contact: Oliver Powell (ofjp2)


  • Excitation sources: 532nm, 633nm (interchangeable)
  • Integrated research grade microscope
  • Highly automated
  • High resolution confocal map scans
  • Depth scans
Location: Maxwell Lab 0.81
Contact: Christina Boukouvala (cb955) / Arvind Pujari (ap2180)


  • Use with ZEISS Gemini 300 Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Temperatures from  RT to 1050°C
  • Local gas dosing through inlet
  • Suitable for use in humid, and corrosive environments

Location: CAPE Room 49 (Ground floor)

Contact: Jinfeng Yang (jy441)

IR spectroscopy of chemicals and  nanomaterials (analysis of functional groups on nanoparticles, contaminants, evolution of chemical reactions)

Location: IfM AR-1-002

Contact: Alasdair Tew (at929)

High-performance physisorption – analysis of surface area, pore size distribution of nanoparticles, MOFS, zeolites, etc.

Location: IfM ARG-011

Contact: Alasdair Tew (at929)


  • High resolution, fluorescence imaging, FRAP, FRET, time-lapse, 3D
  • imaging, mosaic and multi-point imaging

Location: Maxwell Lab 0.81

Contact: Equipment [at] nanodtc [dot] cam.ac.uk

Further research tools are available across different departments. Some of these are available as shared research facilities, while others require approval of the relevant group leader.

Department of Physics

Electron Microscopy Suite

SEM, TEM, FIB, ESEM, Ultra Microtome

Optoelectronics, Nanophotonics and Microelectronics groups

Various device fabrication and Optical measurement tools

Physics of Medicine

Biological and Soft Systems

Optical tweezers, Image analysis, Emulsion PCR, Confocal Microscopy, Microfluidics

Thin Film Magnetism

Scanning Kerr Microscopy, SQUID, Electroluminescence, Quantum conductance

Semiconductor Physics

Clean rooms, Molecular Beam Epitaxy, Electron Beam Lithography

Department of Chemistry

Melville Laboratory

TGA, DSC, GPC, AFM, Spectrascopic ellipsometry, Viscometry FT-IR, Cyclic voltammetry

Chemical Physics Group

Optical/Microcantilever/CNT Sensors, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy, Microfluidics

Grey Group

NMR, BET, High Temp Ovens, Impedance Spectroscopy, Glove Box, Ball mill, Battery cycler

Nitschke Group

Supramolecular chemical synthesis

Materials Chemistry Group

Raman Spectroscopy, SEM, IR Spectroscopy, TGA, Freeze dryer, HPLC, AFM, Pressure reactor

Department of Materials Science

The Electron Microscopy Group

FEGSEM, FEGTEM, SEM, FIB, Plasma cleaner

The Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride

Cathodoluminesence, AFM, Chemical vapour deposition, TEM, SEM, XRD

The Gordon Laboratory

Cell culture lab, Gas permeability, Plasma electrolytic oxidation, Vacuum plasma spray rig, Nanoindenter

Functional Inorganics and Hybrid Materials

High Temperature Synthesis, Helium Pycnometry, Porosimetry, UV-VIS-IR Fluorescence spectroscopy, Powder XRD

Rolls Royce UTC

High Temperature DSC, Creep testing, Electro-Thermal Mechanical Testing

Department of Engineering

NanoScience Centre

Cleanroom facilities, AFM, SEM, FIM, E-Beam lithography, Quartz Crystal Microbalance, Nanoimprinter, Zetasizer, AFM, Profilometer

Cambridge Graphene Centre

Clean Rooms, Deposition facilities including Nanowire growth, Raman, SEM, Ellipsometry, STM, UV-Vis spectrometer

Electronic Devices and Materials

Cleanroom facilities including e-beam/photo lithography, PVD, ALD, CVD incl. CNT, Graphene and Nanowire growth, AFM, SEM, probe stations, profilometers, UV-Vis spectrometers, MEMS, ink jet printer