Name: CzechNanoLab Research Infrastructure

Institution: Brno University of Technology

Coordinator: Ing. Michal Urbánek, Ph.D.;


CzechNanoLab provides open access to 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 an expertise for the fabrication and analysis of nanostructures and nanomaterials. Researchers from both academic and industrial institutions from the Czech Republic and from abroad may access this large research infrastructure. Basic technologies and devices are available at both CzechNanoLab sites, and the sites complement each other in advanced and more demanding equipment. 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). The CEITEC Nano Research Infrastructure consists of 4 laboratories – the Nanofabrication laboratory, the Nanocharacterization laboratory, the Laboratory of Structural analysis and the X-Ray computed tomography laboratory. CEITEC Nano offers complete processes for the fabrication and characterization of nano-objects to the sub-nanometre 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 surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures 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 cultures. 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 (e.g. 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.