Facilities & Equipment

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Officially opened on September 2012, the $160M Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) is the most scientifically sophisticated building at the University of Waterloo. The state-of-the-art building is home to two world-class institutes — Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) — and a hub of cutting-edge research in nanotechnology and quantum information science. 

Nanotechnology facilities at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

Quantum NanoFab FacilityQuantum NanoFab Facility

The Quantum NanoFab facility is a world-class operation. The ultra-sterile cleanroom/fabrication facility is constructed upon a separate foundation from the rest of the building, ensuring that it will never vibrate more than a micron (a fraction of the width of a human hair).

Molecular Beam Epitaxy FacilityMolecular Beam Epitaxy 
(MBE) Facility

The QNC MBE facility houses a Veeco GEN10 MBE system that enables the product of nanomaterials such as sophisticated III/V semiconductors for devices of the future. The facility will support research programs in photonics to quantum computing.

MetrologyMetrology Facility

The QNC Metrology Labs contain a full suite of tools to see, measure, manipulate and build materials at the nanoscale. 


Flagship nanotechnology research facilities at the University of Waterloo

Giga-to-Nano Electronics (G2N) CentreGiga-to-Nano Electronics (G2N) Centre

The G2N is a fabrication laboratory that integrates photolithography with a range of thin-film manufacturing, assembly, testing, and characterization equipment to create electronic systems in the very large (a billion pixels) and very small (a few nanometres) size ranges.

Waterloo Advanced Technologies Laboratory (WATLab)Waterloo Advanced Technologies Laboratory (WATLab)

The WATLab is a regional nano-materials metrology research facility, equipped with state-of-the-art surface- and nano-materials research tools for exploring emerging areas of nanotechnology and nano-scale sciences.

Center for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and SystemsCenter for Advanced Photovoltaic Devices and Systems (CAPDS)

The CAPDS is a R&D facility dedicated to all aspects of photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion. CAPDS supports synthesis of electronic base materials, design and fabrication of advanced PV devices & modules, and testing and characterization of PV materials, devices and systems.


Center for Integrated Radio Frequency Engineering (CIRFE)Center for Integrated Radio Frequency Engineering (CIRFE)

The CIRFE lab is a key Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) fabrication facility in Canada. The uniqueness of the facility stems from the fact that it is one of the few clean room facilities that is designed to use metals such as gold and silver


Smart groups

There are many additional individual and joint laboratories at the University of Waterloo engaged in many aspects of nanotechnology research. These include: