Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Equipment Facility


Academic using facility

The Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Facility (LENNF) is a facility based at the University of Leeds.

We offer access to range of nano-characterisation and nano-fabrication equipment, including:

  • Electron microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Electron beam lithography
  • X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Focussed ion beam

Access is free to researchers who hold, or are eligible for, a grant from the EPSRC.

To discuss your requirements please contact Zabeada Aslam  or Kellye Curtis. You will need to complete an application form and send it to Helen Freeman  via email.

Your application will be reviewed over a 6-8 week period by an internal steering committee and a decision and a period of time will be allocated for your experiment.

Your instrument access costs and staff time will all be covered by the facility for the allocated period. It is also possible to apply for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs for one visiting researcher.

Current grant holders at the University of Leeds

  • Professor Rik Brydson, coordinates the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy (LEMAS) centre.
  • Professor Steve Evans, coordinates access to the Omicron 4 probe instrument, Omicron VT SPM and the VG Escalab 250 facility.
  • Professor Peter Stockley, has research interests in self-assembling systems, protein-nucleic acid regulatory complexes, molecular recognition, gene expression, and bionanoscience particularly the use of virus capsids for the production of synthetic vaccines, targeted drug delivery or the production of novel materials.
  • Professor Giles Davies, research interests include the development of a large terahertz frequency research programme (with EHL), as well as establishing teams to exploit biological processes for nanoscale manipulation, with an emphasis on interfacing biomolecules with electronic devices.
  • Professor Edmund Linfield, an expert in the molecular beam epitaxial growth, fabrication, and measurement of semiconductor and mesoscopic devices. He pioneered a technique for independently contacting closely separated 2DESs, allowing detailed studies of strong coupling, tunnelling and electron drag, with extension to 1D systems. Recent research interests include the development of terahertz frequency sources and detectors (including the quantum cascade laser) and the use of these devices for imaging and spectroscopy across the physical, biological, and medical sciences.
  • Dr Neil Thomson, an expert in the development and application of atomic force microscopy to soft matter and biological systems.