2000 - Nano-Imaging established. Infrastructure: Hitachi 8100 STEM, Philips 300 TEM, and B & Lomb SEM; thermal electron sources; locations scattered in physics and chemistry dept. Users: Limited to 3 PI's and their group members
2003 - CFI/BCKDF funds state-of-art STEM, SEM/FIB, and SPM Infrastructure: FEI Tecnai G2, FEI 235 SEM/FIB, SPM; Lab Manager: Dr. Li Yang hired supported by NSERC/SFU and user fees; Users: Expanding to SFU researchers from other faculties, external users from universities, companies;
2005 - Lab Manager BC-funded position (Chemistry Technician)
2006 - CFI/BCKDF funds 4D Labs All instruments moved into TASC II isolated slab space; Users: Drawn from all experience levels and locations
2007: Worlds smallest book: Robert Chaplin used the SFU focussed gallium ion beam system to publish a nanoscale book entitled 'Teeny Ted from Turnip Town' by Malcolm Douglas Chaplin (ISBN-978-1-894897-17-4). For further details go to: http://rchaplin.blogspot.ca/.
2008 - Self-supporting facility Users: Over 50 PI's from BC and region including 8 companies. More than 200 students and postdoctoral fellows trained.
2013 - Management and Website merged with 4D Labs
2017 - Re-established as the Electron Imaging and Holography Facility