About CzechNanoLab

Where the long-term bottom-up-built tradition meets the latest top-down strategic investment to create a major Central European infrastructure hub in nanoscience and nanotechnology.




Host institution:

Brno University of Technology

Partner institutions:

  • Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Masaryk University

Motto:

CzechNanoLab provides comprehensive equipment, expertise and services for cutting-edge research in nanotechnology and advanced materials.


Characteristics:

CzechNanoLab provides open access to the equipment and services in nanotechnology and materials science. CzechNanoLab consists of two sites, CEITEC Nano located in Brno, and the Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (LNSM), located in Prague. These two workplaces provide fast and easy access to cutting-edge equipment expertise for fabrication and analysis of nanostructures and nanomaterials. Researchers from both academic and industrial institutions from the Czech Republic and from abroad may access this infrastructure. Basic technologies and devices are available on both CzechNanoLab sites, in advanced and more demanding equipment the sites complement each other. CzechNanoLab also provides its services and expertise to other research infrastructures in the Czech Republic and is involved in European and global networks such as EuroNanoLab, IUVSTA (International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications) or AVS (American Vacuum Society).

Nanoscience and nanotechnology research infrastructure facilitating the full cycle from scientific fundamentals and experiments to tech-transfer, bridging the “valley of death” between academia and industry.

The CEITEC Nano Research Infrastructure consists of 4 laboratories – Nanofabrication laboratory, Nanocharacterization laboratory, Laboratory of Structural analysis and X-Ray computed tomography laboratory. CEITEC Nano offers complete processes for the fabrication and characterization of nano-objects to a sub-nanometer level, in cleanroom environments. Research disciplines using CEITEC Nano include physics and chemistry of low-dimensional systems (nanoelectronics, nanophotonics), materials science, chemistry, surface engineering, biochemistry, bioengineering and biomedicine. The portfolio of services provided is focused on fabrication and analytical processes using excellent devices that provide detailed information on the surface, interface, nanostructure and nanomaterials. CEITEC Nano enables the user to fabricate nanostructures, determine their shape and chemical composition and measure their often unique properties. CEITEC Nano also opens up ways to collaborate with nanobiology and nanomedicine research teams, for example in the area of biosensors and nanostructures for cell and tissue culture.

The LNSM Research Infrastructure focuses on providing research and development services for a wide range of inorganic nanomaterials (semiconductors, metals and ceramics) and nanostructures (particles, wires, interfaces, monolayers, thin films and bulk nanostructured materials). LNSM topics include microelectronics, nanoelectronics and spintronics, photovoltaics, photonics, carbonaceous layers, and nanostructures and materials and their surface functionalization for medical applications (for example implants or sensors). LNSM mainly produces semiconductor and spintronic materials and nanostructures as well as composite materials. LNSM also includes support for theoretical groups that design new types of materials.


Socio-economic benefits:

CzechNanoLab offers unique services and expertise in the Czech Republic that are used by a number of educational institutions, research organizations and high-tech companies. New materials and nanostructures developed in CzechNanoLab laboratories can lead, for example, to the development of faster and more economical recording media or to a more timely diagnosis of diseases. Unique within Central Europe, the open access to CzechNanoLab facilities enables researchers to use most of the technology independently in the so-called self-service regime. Thanks to these services, the exchange of know-how between CzechNanoLab users and staff is developing, allowing research groups to gain a high level of expertise. Another positive impact of CzechNanoLab is its contribution to the development of highly added-value products in cooperation with high-tech companies.