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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 Updated2014-11-27 17:28
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  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.


  17 Sep 2014 - EDX problem update  -  We are running some more tests on our recent EDX problem.  We are also pursuing a plan B in the event that we could not fix the EDX system.  Those users who urgently need EDX analysis can talk to Nina.  We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.


  24 June 2014 - LEO resuming normal operation  -  We finally resolved the pressure burst issue, and the LEO will be back in service effective immediately.  Please respond any issue to Nina.  We thank you for your patience.


  23 May 2014 - LEO to resume partial operation on Monday  -  We could only partially rescue the machine and we need to get some spare parts in order to complete the repair.  In the meantime, the machine can be used under strict "supervised" conditions to prevent further problems.  Please get hold of Yao, Lei or Nina before you load and unload your samples during your reserved time slot.  Thank you for your cooperation.


  21 May 2014 - LEO to resume normal operation on Friday  -  Service from Zeiss Canada had created more problems for the LEO after their service and basically broke our system last week.  We introduced our countermeasure to rescue the system.  If all goes well, LEO will be back in operation tomorrow on 22 May 2014.


  12 May 2014 - Zeiss to fix LEO gun column issues  -  LEO 1530 will be down till mid next week. to allow the engineer to fix the gun column issue related to arcing above 10 kV.


9 May 2014 - WATLab website update complete  -  Next update in 2 months.


24 February 2014 - WATLab to begin TEM/FIB service on March 3 at qnc-Metrology  -  The newly commissioned TEM & FIB will be put online on March 3.  Please contact us for further details.


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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