NanoFemLab (CA)
The NanoFemptoLab NFL was established by Professor Federico Rosei starting in May 2002 at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), which is the Graduate School of the Université du Québec network. INRS is located in Varennes near Montreal (Canada). The NFL puts together cutting edge expertise drawn from the widely separated fields of chemistry, materials processing, surface science and device physics. NFL’s competences in Materials Science, Engineering of Surfaces and Interfaces, Device Engineering, Chemical Synthesis and the infrastructure available in the lab as well as in neighboring institutions in the Montreal area cover all the needs to realize the project. The core activities at NFL focus on the growth, processing and characterization of nanostructured materials. Scanning probe microscopy (both in ambient conditions and in a controlled ultra high vacuum atmosphere) and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques represent the cutting-edge applications to which NFL activities are addressed. In the period 2002-2010 NFL attracted funding for about 5 M€.
List of five selected projects testifying the cooperation activity of NFL at national and international level:
  1. Surface confined polymerization reactions: towards 2D conjugated polymers (Funded by the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (80 K$), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research of the U.S.A. (60 K$), FQRNT (Provincial Funding Agency in Quebec, 210 K$) and the Ministere du Developpement Economique (MDEIE Quebec, 150 K$). Collaboration with Belgium and the U.S.A.
  2. Design, fabrication and testing of luminescent organic electronic devices (FQRNT 230 K$, NSERC 204 K$). Collaboration with the Quebec company Plasmionique and with Dupont USA.
  3. Photoconversion using hybrid matrices: Carbon Nanotubes and Quantum Dots (MDEIE 150 K$, NSERC 405 K$, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (100 K€).
  4. Strain Microscopy for Process and Product Optimization of Opto-Electronic Materials (NSERC, 600 K$).
  5. Development and Validation of a Multi-Step Plasma-based Process for Antibacterial Coatings for Hospitals (NSERC, 480 K$, FQRNT, 150 K$). Collaboration with Quebec company Plasmionique as well as the Canadian Space Agency.
NFL can guarantee the exchange of researchers with cutting edge infrastructure and advanced facilities that will allow the full development of the research project. The facilities at NFL include state of the art for material synthesis, morphological and structural characterization and functional characterization of the materials and devices. The facilities at NLF are complementary with respect to the other partners of the Consortium, so that this situation represents a great advantage for the development of the project, since the partners are committed to a strong interaction, thus developing an intense scientific collaboration. NFL has access to the infrastructures of laboratory for ultrafast spectroscopy Lempsu at the University of Montreal in which all the time-resolved measurements are planned to be carried out in the framework of the present research programme. Three UHV Variable Temperature (VT) Scanning Probe Microscopes. The group members also have access to facilities at INRS (HR SEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR, Micro and Nanofabrication Lab, a class 100 clean room equipped with lithographic techniques such as plasma etching, photolithography, laser writing, e-beam lithography and a semiconductor parameter analyzer). A Solar simulator and an apparatus for Photoluminescence measurements are also available at INRS.