Our state-of-the-art multidisciplinary facilities help provide researchers and students the best collaborative and supported environment in which to learn and conduct novel and world leading research

Department of Bioengineering offers world-class facilities for micro-and nanofabrication. These interdisciplinary facilities are dedicated to developing micro and nano-scale technologies, including but not limited to lab-on-chip and organ-on-chip technologies.

These facilities are managed by a group of highly experienced PhD-leveled technicians, providing an efficient and effective means of delivering key technologies and ensuring the maintenance of a skills repository, which is essential in delivering our leading international activities.



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The facilities are open to all researchers from different departments and research backgrounds. More information can be found on the facilities' wiki pages.



Micro and Nanofabrication Facilities

B120-South Kensington

CRUK Microfabrication Facility

This facility offers a full range of services for prototyping SU-8 and PDMS micro-devices, including a clean lab. The user-friendly setup of the facility enables researchers from different disciplines to perform SU-8 photolithography and PDMS micro-chip casting with a high resolution of 5 µm and a broad thickness range from 5 µm to 250 µm. The training process is quick, and you can use the facility after 2 days of training.

For more information about training and access to the facility, please check the "New User" page on Wiki. 

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The name of the facility 

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CRUK Microfabrication Core Facility


SU-8 Station

The SU-8 station with a state-of-art laminar hood equipped with "Hotplate EMS 1000-3", "Spin Coater WS-650MZ Modular", and "Hotplate Torrey Pines" can provide:​

  • Fabrication resolution of 5 µm​
  • 3” and 4” wafer coating​
  • 5 µm to 250 µm SU-8 coating​
  • Four programmable heat ramp steps 

Mask Aligner​

The UV-KUB 3 is a new generation of compact mask aligner which can provide:

  • Resolution of 1 µm​
  • The alignment accuracy of 1 µm​
  • Hard (physical) or soft (proximity) contact processes​
  • 100 numbers of programmable cycles ​​

Smart Print UV

Smart Print UV is a multi-purpose maskless photolithography tool based on a UV light engine technology with excellent features, including:​

  • 2D printing with a high resolution of 1.5 µm​
  • Printing complicated geometries​
  • Printing on a wide range of SU-8 thicknesses​
  • Printing on different substrates​User-friendly software interface 
  • Alignment of several layers​

PDMS Fabrication

The facility’s PDMS station enables performing the whole soft lithography of the PDMS process in a dust-free environment.  The PDMS station of the facility currently is equipped with: 

Characterization and Process

Automated Dispensing System​

The BioDot Omnia is a precision motion platform designed for dispensing pL to nL volumes of reagent for various applications, including:​

  • Biosensor / Biochip​
  • Microarray​
  • DNA, Cell, Protein Dispensing​
  • Multiplex ELISA's​
  • Lab-on-a-Chip​
  • Low Volume PCR


Optical Profilometer 

The Profilm3D system is a user-friendly machine which can provide:

  • non-aggressive access to surface topography
  • wide range of scans from micrometre to millimetre scale
  • Vast applications such as coating, PDMS chips and semiconductors

Contact Angle Goniometer

The Ossila Contact is a user-friendly machine for measuring the surface contact angles and droplets' surface tension.

CRUK Microfabrication Facility

Access and training

To use the space, please follow the following steps:

  1. If you plan to do photolithography and soft lithography, please read the file for "CRUK Microfab training list- 01-2022" otherwise, skip to step 2.
  2. Make an account on PPMS using the PPMS user account creation form.
  3. Request a training session using the CRUK Microfabrication Induction Request Form and briefly explain your project and which piece of equipment you are planning to use
  4. Send an email to Forouzanfar, Shahrzad or Seichepine, Florent to arrange a session for initial induction and safety training.
  5. During the initial induction and safety training, you will receive instructions for accessing the lab


Forouzanfar, Dr Shahrzad

Email: s.forouzanfar@imperial.ac.uk


Seichepine, Dr Florent

Email: f.seichepine@imperial.ac.uk 

Bionanofabrication Clean Room



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Makerspaces Essential info

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Access is granted via training and development