LCN involves over 200 full-time staff across three central London sites: Bloomsbury (UCL), South Kensington (Imperial College) and The Strand (King's College London). Academic, research and support staff contribute their skills across the LCN’s four main themes, which help the Centre deliver its science and technology mission:
- 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.
The LCN has developed a unique matrix structure to combine these skills to deliver interdisciplinary projects.