CzechNanoLab consists of two sites, CEITEC Nano located in Brno, and the Laboratory of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (LNSM), located in Prague. Researchers from academic and industrial institutions from the Czech Republic and 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.
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CzechNanoLab Infrastructure Nodes

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Brno
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.
CEITEC Nano laboratory units
Nanofabrication laboratory
The Nanofabrication lab features an 800 m2 class 100 cleanroom equipped with over 35 pieces of the process and analytical instrumentation for complex research projects that require micro and nanoscale fabrication using different substrates ranging in size from small pieces to 150mm wafers. The primary scope is on electronics, optics, and MEMS. Equipment is available for metal deposition, dry and wet etching, electron beam, and laser photolithography.
Nanocharacterization laboratory
Nanocharacterization laboratory offers a broad range of analytical equipment, allowing to perform a variety of electrical and magnetic measurements with magnetic fields up to 9T and temperatures down to 1.6K. Also, multiple optical, X-ray, ion and electron spectroscopies can be performed. Everything is complemented by multiple scanning probe, electron, ion and optical microscopy techniques.
Laboratory of Structural analysis
Allows imaging, as well as chemical and crystalographic characterization of various types of materials. Avilable techniques include electron microscopy - both transmission and scanning - including EDS, WDS, EBSD, EELS microanalytical techniques, focused ion beam and X-ray diffraction/scattering.
Chemical laboratory
The new chemical laboratory is intended to serve users interested in chemical synthesis, analysis, and sample preparation. It is possible to measure basic chemical parameters (pH, temperature, mass, etc.) and prepare chemical mixtures and solutions. The laboratory is equipped with a microwave and thermal reactor for synthesis. We offer the measurement of the pore distribution of the material or to verify the specific surface area of powdered substances using BET analysis. The NMR instrument can be used to study the structure of molecules, their interactions, the dynamics of molecules, and the kinetics of mixture composition.
X-Ray computed tomography laboratory
The laboratory offers research services in the field of computed tomography (micro and nano CT). Research includes the development and application of tomographic methods in various fields. It works closely with industry to help address R&D issues in various manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors through non-destructive testing.
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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.
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LNSM laboratory units
Molecular beam epitaxy
The molecular beam epitaxy system is designed for growing thin-film semiconductors of III-V type. Besides classical GaAs and AlGaAs based structures, it is capable of growing films of ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga, Mn)As and other materials for spintronics. The lab comprises also a system for thin-film growth by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy.
Metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy
Metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is suitable for the preparation of heterostructures containing layers with their thickness in the range of monoatomic layers to several micrometers.
Carbon and silicon nanostructure deposition
In the laboratory of Diamond Layers and Carbon Nanostructures, there are two unique deposition systems designed for microwave plasma equipment supporting chemical vapor deposition. It allows to prepare thin layers of nanocrystalline diamond and / or silicon from chemical vapors in plasma for use in optoelectronics, nanoelectronics and bioelectronic applications.
Lithographic material structuring
The laboratory of material structuring is a set of instruments placed in clean rooms that are designed for preparation and characterisation of nanostructures. The system is used to define lateral micro- and nanostructures by optical and electron beam lithography.
Theoretical support
The theory group performs a whole range of calculations from analytical to sophisticated numerical first-principles calculations. The employed numerical tools are specifically chosen to match the requirements of a given physical problem.
Multimode scanning probe microscopy
The laboratory includes a set of four scanning probe microscopes (SPM) and one scanning electron microscope (SEM). The scanning probe microscopes can be combined with other techniques and offer a correlation of morphology and different local physical properties.
Structural analysis
The Structural Analysis focuses on the development and application of modern crystallographic methods for the analysis of crystal structures from X-ray, neutron or electron diffraction data. Classical crystallography provides the positions of atoms within crystalline chemical compounds, as long as they are available as reasonably sized crystals thus yielding a sufficiently strong signal on X-ray sources.
Laboratory of electron microscopy
The laboratory of electron microscopy (LEM) focuses on the complex characterization of inorganic materials at micro/nanoscale. LEM operates transmission and scanning electron microscopes with a wide range of analytical techniques as well as instruments for advanced sample preparation.
Low temperature UHV STM/AFM
The Laboratory combines experimental and theoretical tools to explore novel material properties of nanostructures artificially built on surfaces. We use ultra-high vacuum low-temperature scanning probe microscopy to investigate their physical and chemical properties at the atomic scale.
Laboratory of optospintronics
The laboratory performs basic optical characterization (absorption, reflection and photoluminescence spectroscopy), magneto-optical characterization (MCD, MCB, MLD and MLB spectra), time-resolved ultrafast laser spectroscopy (pump and probe method) and characterization by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE).
The management structure of CzechNanoLab
Management structure diagram
Scientific and Technology Board
Scientific and Technology Board is composed of representatives of research groups affiliated to CzechNanoLab. The Board’s primary responsibility is to oversee the general scientific and technological scope of the joint CzechNanoLab infrastructure and to make sure that the scope complies with modern trends and stimulates new research and development avenues.
Members
Tomáš Jungwirth
Chairman
Jan Macák and Vít Novák
Preparation of advanced materials and nanostructures
Václav Holý and Lukáš Palatinus
Václav Holý and Lukáš Palatinus
Petr Němec and Vojtěch Uhlíř
Dynamic nanocharacterization
Kamil Olejník and Tomáš Šikola
Production and functionalization of components and devices
Herman Detz and Pavel Jelínek
Theoretical support
It is composed of 10 members and a chair. Members shall recruit from the following four scientific areas: Preparation of advanced materials and nanostructures, Characterization and control down to ultimate spatial and temporal scales (subdivided into Static and Dynamic nanocharacterization), Production and functionalization of components and devices, and Theoretical support. For each area, two representatives - one nominated by CEITEC Nano and the other by LNSM - are present.
International Advisory Board
CzechNanoLab International Advisory Board provides advice in the field of scientific and infrastructural strategy as well as any other areas as demanded by the Management Committee. The Board meets at least once every year. It is composed of 5-7 members, renowned international experts in the scientific and technological field relevant to
Members
José Pitarke
CIC nanoGUNE, Spain
Lars Montelius
INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal
Gottfried Strasser
Zentrum für Mikro-und Nanostrukturen, TU Wien, Austria
Klaus Lips
Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Michael Leszczynski
Institute of High Pressure Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Richard Campion
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
CzechNanoLab. Board members are nominated and approved by the Management Committee with a mandate of 3 years with the possibility of prolongation. CzechNanoLab International Advisory Board replaced the initial international scientific advisory bodies of CEITEC Nano and LNSM. The current members of the CzechNanoLab International Advisory Board are the following: