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Director - Professor Tong Leung


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Last Updated2017-03-02 17:05
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  21 Feb 2017 - Calendar booking becoming unreliable - We have noticed that an increasing number of users signed up the tool but failed to show up.  This is unacceptable, because the no-show booking is blocking another user from using the machine.  Some deleted their bookings a few hours or a few minutes before the reserved time slots and hoped that no one noticed.  Well, we do notice, and we are keeping track of who is doing this.  Those who continue to disregard the honour system will soon lose their machine privilege.  Please consult the WATLab FAQ  regarding booking cancellation policy.

If you are not sure whether your samples will be ready at the time of your booking, we suggest that you do not book ahead.  Instead, you should try a "walk-in", i.e. check if the machine is free at the time you wish to use the tool and if it's free, then you can just go ahead and use it until the next reserved time.  If you make a reservation on the calendar, we and all other users expect you to show up. 


10 Feb 2017 - LEO resuming  normal operation -  Ultra resuming limited operation - The FE source in the LEO has been replaced and the system appears to be functioning close to spec.  There is a minor change to the setup.  The EDS system still needs some calibration (use at your own risk) but the SEM imaging is good.  Please see one of WATLab staff before startup. 

For the Ultra, the on-going instability problem has been narrowed down to the mechanical joystick.  We have engaged the "soft joystick" to move the stage.  Please see one of WATLab staff before startup.  Ultra has also been upgraded to Windows7 and the latest version of SmartSEM (V 6.0).  Please report any issues to Nina or Lei. 


24 Jan 2017 - LEO system down - After 2.9 year, the FE source in the LEO is finally gone.  We have contacted the engineer and help is on its way.  Hopefully, we can get this back up as soon as possible.  Please watch this space for further news.  In the meantime, please see if your work can take advantage of the environmental SEM. 


11 Jan 2017 - Happy New Year ! - WATLab remains Canada's premier advanced materials research lab that supports multi-mission research with state-of-the-art and unique tools.  WATLab will try to survive better this year under an increasingly hostile local operating climate.  We don't expect significant changes to our toolset this year, except to bring the new Raith IonLine system online and into user service.  This is Canada's first and only ion beam lithography system (one of just a handful in the world) and we hope to enable new device sciences with this new tool.  We will also try to resolve ongoing stability issues with the Ultra and to complete system upgrades for the ESCAlab.

We thank our loyal users for their continued support, and we wish them a fantastic year of discovery and lots of great data to come! 

5 Dec 2016 - ESCA and Microlab  upgrades in progress
- The engineer is on site to upgrade the data systems for both the ESCALab and MicroLab to W7.  As with all upgrades and maintenance, there is always a risk.  These systems will be unavailable until further notice. - Please contact Jung Soo or Lei. 

1 Dec 2016 - Ultra PC  upgraded with new SmartSEM - The Ultra PC has been upgraded and we now have the latest version of SmartSEM installed - all in preparation for commissioning correlative microscopy.  We are in the process of reestablishing all the SEM user accounts - Please contact Nina.



How to become a certified SEM user?  Please follow the FAQ link above or here for more details.  Please contact  Nina  to arrange for SEM training and certification.

Looking for an exciting graduate or undergraduate research project in nanosciences and nanotechnology?   Please contact 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), FEI Quanta Feg 250 ESEM (with EDX), 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 or Saurabh  for SEM & XRD; Lei for AFM, HIM, FIB & TEM; Anisur for LM, 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 Jung Soo for ESCA & SIMS; Lei for Auger; Anisur for optical spectroscopies

  • bulk characterization [QD Dynacool PPMS, QD SQUID-VSM MPMS] - Contact Anisur;

  • 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 .


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