Hire state of the art facilities

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UC's College of Engineering has outstanding facilities for delivering world-class research. Some of these facilities can be hired by external parties and are outlined below.

Research labs

The Electrical and Computer Engineering's (ECE) Nanofabrication Laboratory contains facilities for semiconductor material processing, nanofabrication, and sensor and microfluidic device development. This is the main fabrication facility for the inter-departmental Nanostructure Engineering, Science and Technology research group, as well as the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The facility is also used as an undergraduate teaching laboratory for ENEL 491 Nano Engineered Electronic Devices and ENEL 400 Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Project.

The equipment in the Nanofabrication Laboratory covers most aspects of semiconductor device fabrication, from materials growth and characterisation to device packaging. The principal tools are: 

  • Electron Beam Lithography (Raith 150)
  • Reactive Ion Etching (Oxford PlasmaLab 80Plus)
  • Optical Microscopy (Olympus BX30 with digital image capture)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (Digital Instruments Dimension 3100)
  • Plasma Ashing
  • Optical Lithography (Suss MA-6)
  • Nanoimprint Lithography (EVG)
  • Interference Lithography
  • Thin Film Deposition (Edwards AUTO 500)
  • Semiconductor Device Characterisation (HP 4155A Parameter Analyser)
  • Surface Profilometer (DEKTAK 150)
  • Wire Bonding
  • Micromilling (CNC Mini- Mill/GX)

Access to Equipment Booking (Requires a current user account)

These are accessible to outside organisations on a contract or collaborative basis. For more information contact Professor Maan AlkaisiA/Prof Martin Allen or Dr Volker Nock.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering's (ECE) Biological Applications Laboratory contains facilities for PC-2 Biological Containment and is certified for live cell and micro-organism experiments. This is a research facility for the inter-departmental Nanostructure Engineering, Science and Technology research group, as well as the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

The equipment in the Nanofabrication Laboratory covers most aspects of cell culture, biological imaging and microfluidic device testing. The principal tools are: 

  • Class 2 Biological Laminar Flow Hood
  • Harvard PHD2000 Syringe Pump
  • Elveflow OB1 MK3 - 4 channel flow controller
  • Elveflow MUX Quake Valve - microfluidic flow switch matrix
  • Nikon Eclipse 80i Fluorescence Microscope (B-3A, FITC, TxRed, DAPI, Special Red, RTDP, MitoXpress)
  • Hamamatsu ORCA Flash 4 V2 digital imaging system
  • Nikon Eclipse TS100 F Inverted Microscope
  • Thermo Fisher Cell-Culture Incubator
  • Contherm Mitre 4000 Cell-Culture Incubator
  • Heraeus Labofuge 300
  • PreSens Microx 4 trace fiber optic oxygen sensor

[Equipment Booking] (current login required)

These are accessible to outside organisations on a contract or collaborative basis. For more information contact Dr Volker Nock or Professor Maan Alkaisi.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) test area

The Spatial Engineering Research Centre (SERC) operates a 100sq km UAV test range at Kaitorete Spit in Canterbury, New Zealand. This is designated as a Restricted Area by the CAA NZ and can exclude all other aircraft when activated. For access to this facility contact SERC Director Fred Samandari.