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National Center for Nanofabrication and Characterization

High-end research infrastructure for electron microscopy based characterization and analysis at Technical University of Denmark

Following a generous donation from the A. P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, the Center for Electron Nanoscopy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Cen) was inaugurated in 2007. The center has now changed name to the National Center for Nanofabrication and Characterization (DTU Nanolab), but the center continues with high end nanocharacterization. The center was established as a state-of-the-art electron microscopy (EM) facility with a suite of microscopes housed in a high specification building that only a handful of other labs worldwide could rival. The broad aim of the center is to ensure a balance between advanced research, teaching and training, and fostering collaborations with national and international partners. Now, a decade after the official inauguration of DTU Cen, the microscopy center employs 17 researchers (including PhD students and post docs.) as well as 7 technical and administrative staff. Over the years, the activities of the center have been expanding as DTU Nanolab attracts funding from both Danish and European funding agencies.

Nanofabrication and Characterization

Access for academic and industrial scientists to DTU Nanolab’s electron microscopes supports existing research and results in the creation of new research fields and in the sharing of knowledge for the development of materials, processes, technologies, techniques and instrumentation. The list below gives an idea of the broad research areas that the center is currently pursuing:

  • In situ characterization of individual nanoparticles under controlled atmosphere;
  • Nanostructures for Plasmonic sensing;
  • Magnetic materials;
  • Pore structures in minerals and soil;
  • (pseudo) 1-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures for solar cells and quantum computing;
  • Growth and characterization of 1D and 2D materials;
  • Grain boundary mapping and phase transitions of alloy materials;

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Controlled nanostructure formation and characterization

Controlled nanostructure formation and characterization

Professor Jakob Birkedal Wagner, Head of Nanocharacterization Section at DTU Nanolab,  provides a detailed look at controlled nanostructure formation and characterization and how these can be looked at with electron beam based microscopy and spectroscopy.
Monitoring Nanostructure Formation

Monitoring Nanostructure Formation

Professor Jakob Birkedal Wagner, Scientific Director, Center for Electron Nanoscopy at DTU Cen, Technical University of Denmark shares his expert views on advanced materials...
nanoscale imaging

DTU – Small is beautiful

This compelling document focuses on attention to detail, hence its apt title, ‘small is beautiful’. This intriguing e-book is all about nanoscale imaging research and within that, the fascinating field of electron microscopy