COMATEC-LANS Laboratory of Applied NanoSciences

COMATEC-LANS Laboratory of Applied NanoSciences

LANS - Laboratory of Applied NanoSciences
The research unit LANS belongs to the COMATEC Institute of the HEIG-VD ("Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud"), University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland.

Main activities & interests 
- Nanoscopy & Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy (AFM/STM)
- Nano- & Microstructured Materials, Surface Treatment, Printing and Coating Technologies
- Nanocomposites, nanoparticle sizing, inks, inkjet printing, printable electronics
- Applied NanoSciences for smart packaging and security tags
- Technology Consulting & Laboratory Training


Advanced Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Topography and phase contrast (roughness, grain size and periodicity analysis)
Electrical conductivity
Thermal conductivity
Magnetic force microscopy
Electrical characterization

4 points probe measurements, I-V characterizations
User interface with LabView program for measuring resistivity/conductivity, sheet resistance
Conductivity measurement method also for soft materials
Optical characterization & spectroscopy of surfaces, coatings and liquids
Absorbance spectroscopy UV-vis-NIR (thermally stabilized; liquids & thin films)
Dynamic light scattering (DLS) (thermally stabilized, analysis of the true single scattering events, measurement of nanoparticle suspensions, proteins, ...)
Raman spectroscopy
Film thickness measurement (range 1 nm to 70 μm), 
refractive index n and extinction coefficient K
Data analysis
3D profilometry
Materials aging and degradation tests

Thermal, UV or plasma treatment of materials and thin films (organic and inorganic)
AM 1.5 solar simulator
I-V, P-V Characterization, solar cell efficiency (with temperature stabilisation)

COATING & PRINTINGInkjet printing

Ink-material and print testing
Surface contact angle measurement
Micropatterning of surfaces 
Motorized printing and coating
 Functional coatings

Spincoating, Spraycoating, Dipcoating, Solvant casting, Electrospinning,...
Gilding, Silvering

MEASUREMENT SYSTEM DEVELOPMENInstrumentation developments and pilot testing

Pilot testing of measurement systems in off-line configurations
Adaptions to in-line applications
Hardware control and user interface development (e.g. LabView control and data analysis)
Collaborative projects in material engineering and materials processing
 We provide professional contracts for all our services, supported by the Center for Innovation and Research of the HEIG-VD (School of Management & Engineering Vaud / University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Yverdon-les-Bains). 

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