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First in Western Canada-Nanotech installs $4.5-million electron beam lithography system at SFU

June 19, 2018
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Simon Fraser University and Nanotech Security have joined forces to commission a $4.5-million electron beam lithography system at SFU’s 4D LABS.

The JEOL Election Beam Lithography (EBL) system establishes SFU as the first university in Western Canada to benefit from its capabilities, which include creating nanotechnology up to 10,000 times smaller than a human hair.

"The new system will enable new research and insights in nanotechnology," says Neil Branda, 4D LABS scientific director. "It also allows 4D LABS to be seen as a world-class facility with leading-edge program capabilities in advanced nanoscale design and development. This initiative proves that when industry and academia work together, a whole is produced that is greater than the sum of its parts."


The strategic partnership between SFU and Nanotech Security focuses on accelerating best-in-class design and function of nanoscale devices for both academia and industry.

With the new system, SFU students and researchers can conduct cutting-edge research on quantum computing devices, micro-LEDS, clean technology and meta-material structures. The new system will also enhance Nanotech's product offering in the established anti-counterfeiting market as well as in medical devices, energy storage and commercial photonics.


Clint Landrock, Nanotech’s chief technology officer, says this establishes Nanotech as the nucleus in Western Canada for excellence in nanotechnology.

“Our strong relationship with 4D LABS has been a key factor in that achievement,” he says.

Operated by Nanotech’s proprietary algorithms, the JEOL EBL will enable the company to fabricate more advanced nano-structures with even higher resolution and contrast and the potential to generate image sizes up to nine times larger with production estimated to be up to 10 times faster than the company’s current capabilities. 

Nanotech and SFU's 4D LABS is a successful industry-university partnership that has been collaborating since 2009.