Laboratory of nanomaterials growth


Physical growth of nanostructure

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Short description

In this research laboratory, we grow nanoparticles and nanomaterials by physical methods. We employ gas phase condensation for the preparation of nanoparticles and nanoparticle-assembled materials, and physical vapour deposition by magnetron sputtering for the growth of thin films and multilayers. Materials under study are metals, metallic alloys, oxides and metal hydrides.

Research themes


  • Ultra-high vacuum chamber for the preparation of nanoparticles and nanomaterials by means of gas phase condensation, equipped with:
    • Two thermal evaporation sources (max 1000 A / 8 V)
    • Quartz crystal microbalance
    • Quadrupole mass spectrometer for residual gas analysis
    • Two mass flow controllers for tuneable gas inlet
    • PC-based control system
  • Ultra-high vacuum chamber for physical vapour deposition of thin films and multilayers, equipped with:
    • Two magnetron sputtering cathodes (diameter 2”)
    • Radio-frequency power supply with impedance matching network
    • DC Power Supply
    • PC-based control system


Authorized permanent staff