The Core Facility in Nanotechnology, CorNa, was established by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at
Stockholm University in the fall 2008. It represents a joint effort of the departments of Physics and
Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry (MMK-chemistry) to create an open and versatile research
environment in the rapidly growing area of
nano-science. CorNa unifies the exiting nano-fabrication and characterization
facilities of materials and particles down to the atomic level at the
departments of physics and MMK-chemistry, respectively:
the nano-fabrication clean-room, NanoFabLab, at AlbaNova University Center (maintained in
collaboration between the Department of Applied Physics, KTH and the Department of Physics, SU) and
the Electron Microscopy Centre, EMC, at MMK-chemistry, SU. Both facilities are established thanks to the generous financial support from the
The purpose of the facility
To provide an open access to modern and versatile equipment for nano-fabrication and characterization
of materials and particles for all users from SU;
To offer cost-efficient technical service for the equipment;
To provide financial and scientific support for new users;
To provide the corresponding education/training in various aspects of nano-science and
characterisation of different type of materials and particles.
Service function and operation principles of the core facility
Open access principle: all users from SU get access at equal grounds to both the NanoFabLab and
Support for new users: One of the main priorities of the core facility is to make the
nano-fabrication/characterization equipment available and beneficial to a wide range of users
from different groups at SU. Therefore, CorNa provides financial, scientific and technical support
for new users during the introductory period.
Technical service: the technical stuff of CorNa maintains the equipment, provides various technical
services and assistance with operation of the equipment.
Compliance with the local rules: operation of the core facility complies with the local rules
of the NanoFabLab and the EMC at the respective cite. Those include user- and time-fees, booking system,
safety rules, materials and chemical usage, driving licenses for equipment etc.
Education and driving licenses: Users can run the equipment only after proper training. A range of
advanced courses in nano-technology and electron microscopy are offered for SU students. Technical courses at various levels
will be organised for all members of SU. Individual training for obtaining driving licenses for specific
instruments are given by the authorized personal from NanoFabLab and EMC.