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4D LABS - Where new materials take shape

N. Branda
Simon Fraser University, CA

institute, centre, materials, nanoscale devices, Vancouver, Canada

4D LABS is a new $35 million research centre for new materials and nanoscale devices at Simon Fraser University in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Scheduled for completion in September 2006, 4D LABS will house a core team of seven research groups with expertise that includes molecular design, synthesis and characterization, molecular switching and self-assembly, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials, nanofabrication and advanced lithographic techniques.
4D LABS Class 100 clean room with local Class 1 environments will allow the integration of new material with silicon or the creation of new computing platforms. State-of-the-art fabrication, imaging and characterization equipment will advance organic, inorganic and solid state science. A unique visiting scientists’ lab will facilitate international research collaboration by providing space for collaborators to move their research teams into the facility to work side-by-side with 4D LABS researchers.
Initial funding for the building was won through a highly competitive process from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Other funding partners are the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and Simon Fraser University.
This presentation will present an overview of 4D LABS research expertise, capabilities and facilities with an introduction to current research themes and initiatives.

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