The Department of Materials has a wide range of facilities for processing and characterising materials. These facilities are available for use by researchers in both academia and industry. For academic users at Imperial College London, most of the major facilities are directly chargeable and can be selected on InfoEd. Please discuss your requirements with the appropriate Research Officer and Research Services.

Users from other academic institutions can also access the facilities and are advised to contact the appropriate Research Officer to discuss their requirements. Estimates for the access charges can be provided for inclusion as directly incurred costs on your research grant application. Researchers from industry who are interested in accessing any of the facilities are invited to submit an inquiry to Professor Sandrine Heutz, Director of Research Facilities. 

Find out more about our labs and workshops for processing materials:

Nano-Characterisation and Fabrication facilities

An introduction to our Nano-Characterisation and Fabrication facilities. This video was filmed as part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology seminar series.

The video above explains more about the Nano-Characterisation and Fabrication Facilities available in our Department. This was filmed as part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology webinar series and features the following speakers: 

Professor Sandrine Heutz - An introduction to the LCN
Dr Mahmoud Ardakani - Electron Microscopy (3:30)
Dr Gwilherm Kerherve - Advanced Photoelectron Spectroscopy Laboratory (APSL) High Throughput XPS (17:10
Dr David Mack - Cleanroom Nanofab lab (
Dr Peter Petrov - Thin Film Technology (
Mr Richard Sweeney - X-RAY Diffraction, Thermal Analysis (