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University of Waterloo - Chemistry 2- 059-066/261 -  Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 35826
Director - Professor Tong Leung

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Last Updated2015-01-12 09:02
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  12 Jan 2015 - Happy New Year!  - The EDX detector has been fixed and reinstalled.  Please contact Nina if you want to use EDX in the near future.


  22 Dec 2014 - Merry Christmas and All the Best in 2015 !  - The EDX detector has been repaired and we will reinstall it back in the LEO in the new year.  In late January, WATLab will be installing a new Environmental SEM system, which will enable our users to look at materials with a high vapour pressure.  We will also be commissioning a Canada's first Ion Beam Lithography system (one of just 10 systems in the world) very soon.  This IBL system will allow us to write 3D nanostructures over a large write-field (mm) at 10 nm or less resolution.  We look forward to exciting new science to be achieved with these new tools.  We take this opportunity to thank our users for their patience and understanding during the various tool commissioning at qnc this past year, and hope to have their continued support in 2015. 


  27 Nov 2014 - EDX problem update  -  We have sent the EDX detector out for repair and it is undergoing system testing to assure that it meets specifications.  We expect that it will be shipped back to us in early December.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.


Looking for an exciting graduate or undergraduate research project in nanosciences and nanotechnology?   Please contact us at tong@watlab.com for further information. 



Established with funding support from Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Province of Ontario in 1999, WATLab is the first multidisciplinary materials research centre in Canada's Technology Triangle.  WATLab offers a complete toolset for advanced materials research and emerging technology development.  Most of our instrument systems are state-of-the-art and some are unique in Canada, and they include:

  • all areas of microscopy and diffraction [Zeiss Libra 200MC TEM, Zeiss Leo 1530 and UltraPlus FESEMs (with EDX/OIM), Zeiss Orion Plus HIM, Omicron VT-STM, DI D3500 Nanoman and Asylum BIO-3D AFMs, Olympus LMs; Anton Paar SAXS, PANalytical X'pert Pro MRD HR-XRD and MPD Powder XRD] - Contact Nina@watlab.com  for SEM & XRD; Lei@watlab.com for AFM, HIM, FIB & TEM;  Yan@watlab.com for LM, TEM, XRD & SAXS.

  • spectromicroscopy and spectroscopy [VGS ESCALab 250 Imaging ESCA, IONTOF SIMS-5, PE LS55 PL, PE Lambda 35 &1050 UV-Vis, Bruker Senterra-2 Raman, Bruker Tensor 27 FTIR] - Contact Liyan@watlab.com for ESCA & Spectroscopies; Joseph@watlab.com for SIMS;

  • bulk characterization [QD Dynacool PPMS, QD SQUID-VSM MPMS] - Contact Shanti@watlab.com ;

  • lithography and nanomachining [Nabity and Fibics EBLs, Raith IBL, IMP Xpress Maskless OL, Zeiss Auriga FIB-SEM, DI Nanoman NL, Fibics NPVE];

  • wet and dry materials synthesis (all areas); and

  • rapid device prototyping (all areas). 

We offer pay-per-use service for both academic and industrial users at competitive rates, with our expert operators providing sample characterization measurement (and analysis).  For a selected number of tools (e.g. SEM), we also provide training to allow the users to access the tools through a self-serve booking system. 

To submit samples for analysis, please fill in Form A (and Form B for University of Waterloo users) above, and contact the respective technical specialists.  For all other enquiries and guided lab tours, please contact manager@watlab.com.


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