LCN employs over 130 full-time staff in two London sites, Bloomsbury (UCL) and South Kensington (Imperial College). Academic, research and support staff are employed in LCN’s four departments across both universities. The Centre delivers by exploring its basic skills in:
- Theory and Modelling: leading techniques and technologies to simulate visualize and design nano-scale structures and devices in the biological and non-biological areas; first principles atomic/molecular level theory, systems modelling and other powerful computational tools
- Nano-characterisation: the full range of optical, electron, ion and scan-probe based technologies required to image and understand nanostructures in both the biological and non-biological materials including silicon, III-V, organics and diamond, and unconventional substrates such as plastic and metal foils.
- Nano-fabrication: large clean room space with the ability to produce nano-materials and devices using various biological and non-biological materials; silicon, III-V fabrication and unconventional fabrication – e.g. organics and diamond.
- Systems: the range of techniques and technologies required to translate nanotechnology into workable products for industry; hybridisation and integration techniques, error handling and re-routing algorithms, methods to connect bio- and non-bio systems.
Combining its deliverables and its skills all together, LCN has developed a unique matrix structure for an academic research laboratory.
LCN has a unique operating model that accesses and focuses the combined skills of the departments of chemistry, physics, materials, medicine, electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering and earth sciences across the two universities. read more