EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training
in Molecular-Scale Engineering
- a Centre for Nanotechnology
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University of Leeds
The School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering has exceptionally well-equipped laboratories for high frequency electronics and photonics, a two-storey class-100 cleanroom and III-V semiconductor MBE facility, and a suite of laboratories for molecular nanotechnology and bioelectronics including co-focal microscopy, AFM, and DPS.

The School of Physics & Astronomy hosts state-of-the-art surface and thin film analysis facilities, including XPS, SPM, and spectroscopic ellipsometry. There are strong on-going collaborations on lipid bilayer systems, photocleavable molecules and liquid crystals with the School of Chemistry, providing access to comprehensive synthesis and structural determination facilities, and small molecule libraries.

The Nanocharacterization & Nanomaterials Group provides microstructural, nanochemical and bulk property characterization, from fundamental studies to product design and fabrication, and hosts e.g. the EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Equipment Facility, and the LEMAS Centre in Electron Microscopy.

The Leeds Asbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology specializes in all major techniques for high-resolution structure determination of large molecules, including X-ray crystallography, NMR, electron microscopy mass spectrometry, surface plasmon resonance and time-resolved spectroscopies. These are
complemented by theoretical approaches such as molecular modelling and bioinformatics.

University of Sheffield
Sheffield has a ‘North Campus’ centre that incorporates the Kroto Research Institute (KRI), and premises for the III-V Semiconductor Centre. The KRI houses the £1M Sheffield Surface Analysis Centre equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for Xray photoelectron spectroscopy and imaging secondary ion mass spectrometry. The KRI also accommodates the Sorby Centre for electron microscopy and optical microscopy resources.

The Departments of Physics and Chemistry have a large collection of scanning probe microscopy instrumentation, including five scanning near-field optical microscopes and eight AFMs, as well as ellipsometers and other apparatus for surface chemistry and physics. Additionally, there are AFM facilities in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

The Sheffield Krebs Institute for Mechanistic Biology spans the Science and Engineering Faculties and provides a driving force for the development of quantitative, mechanistic approaches to the study of biological problems. A focus is the development of new technologies for the investigation of biological problems.