Facilities Partnerships

Facilities Partnerships

We routinely work and conduct research in the facilities listed below.

Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


The Advanced Light Source is a Department of Energy-funded synchrotron facility that provides users from around the world access to the brightest beams of soft x-rays, together with hard x-rays and infrared, for scientific research and technology development in a wide range of disciplines.

The mission of the ALS is to support users in doing outstanding science in a safe environment.


National Center for Electron Microscopy, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley Lab


National Center for Electron Microscopy

This facility features cutting-edge instrumentation, techniques and expertise required for exceptionally high-resolution imaging and analytical characterization of a broad array of materials.

NCEM was established in 1983 to maintain a forefront research center for electron-optical characterization of materials with state-of-the-art instrumentation and expertise. Having merged with the Molecular Foundry in 2014, the facility continues to conduct fundamental research relating microstructural and microchemical characteristics to materials properties and processing parameters; develops advanced electron microscopy techniques, computer algorithms and instrumentation; and helps educate future scientists in the theory and application of electron optical microcharacterization.


Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory


Advanced Photon Source

The Advanced Photon Source (APS) at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory provides ultra-bright, high-energy storage ring-generated x-ray beams for research in almost all scientific disciplines.

These x-rays allow scientists to pursue new knowledge about the structure and function of materials in the center of the Earth, in outer space, and all points in between. The knowledge gained from this research is impacting the evolution of combustion engines and microcircuits, aiding in the development of new pharmaceuticals, and pioneering nanotechnologies whose scale is measured in billionths of a meter, to name just a few examples. These studies promise to have far-reaching impact on our technology, economy, health, and our fundamental knowledge of the materials that make up our world.

The APS electron accelerator and storage system are the first critical steps in producing the high-energy x-rays that are used for frontier research.


Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory


Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, UC Berkeley

State-of-the-art nano-fabrication facility including >15,000 sq. ft. of Class100/1000 cleanroom and associated hardware

UC Berkeley Shared Facilities


RHEED-assisted Pulsed Laser Deposition

TSST multi-target PLD system with double differentially pumped, high-pressure RHEED growth

Multi-material Cluster Tool

AJA cluster tool with a double-differentially pumped, high-pressure RHEED PLD growth system which is connected via vacuum transfer line to an ultra-high vacuum sputtering deposition system for in situ deposition of complex-oxide and metal films

Layer-by-layer Growth and Chemistry System

Custom-built, double-differentially pumped, high-pressure RHEED growth system with time-of-flight ion-scattering and recoil spectroscopy (TOF-ISARS) for in situ surface chemistry characterization

Pulsed-Laser Deposition Clusters

The laboratory is constructed around laser/chamber clusters to maximize access to a range of materials in a rapid and agile fashion

Pulsed-Laser Deposition Systems

Seven standard PLD chambers with multi-target carousels capable of handling up to 6 targets and including computer-controlled interfaces for automated growth

Excimer Lasers

Coherent LPX 305 (2)

Coherent COMPex

Coherent LeXtra

Metal Sputtering

Custom-built, six-target, ultra-high vacuum metal sputtering chamber with load lock

Chemical Hoods

Range of chemical hoods for various materials fabrication and processing activities


X-ray Diffractometers

Panalytical X’Pert MRD Pro 4-circle diffractometers (2) optimized for complex-oxide thin film characterization

Atomic Force Microscopy

Asylum Research MFP-3D capable of AFM, PFM, c-AFM, MFM studies at voltages up to 100 V and temperatures up to 300°C

Atomic Force Microscopy

Digital Instruments MultiMode systems (2) capable of AFM, PFM, c-AFM, MFM

Physical Property Measurement System

Quantum Design PPMS capable of operation at 4-400 K and 0-5 Tesla

SQUID Magnetometer

Quantum Design Magnetic Property Measurement System (MPMS) capable of operation at 4-400K and 0-5 Tesla

Cryogen-free Physical Property Measurement System

Coming soon…Cryogenics 14T cryogen-free with additional resistivity, motorized rotation, and electronics setups

Vacuum Probe Station

LakeShore vacuum, temperature-dependent (4-600 K) probe station for measurement of dielectric, pyroelectric, ferroelectric, electronic, etc. properties of thin films samples

Compound Microscope Probe Stations

Signatone probe stations (2) capable of measurement of dielectric, pyroelectric, ferroelectric, electronic, etc. properties of thin films samples from 300-850 K

Scanning Electron Microscope

Jeol Model XXX microscope with EDS and WDX capabilities


High-Temperature Furnaces

Various furnaces (2) capable of operation up to 1300°C in a range of control environments