Large-area Pulsed Laser Deposition

PLD 5000 (PVD Products, US) is a large area pulsed laser deposition system. It allows growing ceramic thin films on substrates of up to 10 millimeters of diameter for direct post-processing in the micro electronics industry. A 240 nm excimer laser (Coherent Compex Pro 205F) sends a high energy beam (up to 700 mJ) to the surface of the target material. The system is capable to hold four large area targets. The installed combinatorial option can produce a gradient of compositions along the substrate, which allows exploring the properties of a wide range of species in a single sample.High quality complex oxide thin films deposited in substrates up to 4” in diameter.

SLA ceramic 3D printer

Ceramaker (3DCeram) is aunique facility based on a hybrid ceramic 3D printer which hybridise SLA and Robocasting techniques.  With a printing volume of 300x300x120mm and a resolution of 25 microns, it can print multimaterial ceramic pieces conformed by 4 different materials integrating horizontal or vertical channels.

Chemical Vapor Deposition

EasyTube 3000 (Firstnano) is a chemical vapor deposition system for the synthesis of doped Si-Ge nanowires onto 10 millimeter wafers. This large area capabilities allows post processing in clean room facilities. The deposition can be performed under vacuum and high temperatures up to 1100 °C.

Screen printing

SI-P850 (Sony) is an industrial screen printing equipment capable of depositing onto large area substrates (460mm x 410mm), with a high precision positioning (error below 20 μm). The slurry composition can be selected in order to print ceramic films with the repeatability and process speed (10 seconds process) demanded at the industry.

Ellipsometry /Raman

Horiba iHR320 monochromators UVISEL ellipsometry system and Horiba superhead Raman with Horiba syncerity CCD.

Quantum efficiency

Andor SR193i monochromators + iDus 416 CCD.

Electrochemistry Measurment Stations



We have several high temperature measuring chambers adaptable to the particular electrical characterization needed:

  • High temperature microprobe station (Linkam, UK THMS600)
  • Semiautomatic high temperature probe station adapted for 4” wafer samples.
  • Ceramic-based gas stations coupled with tubular furnaces for high temperature multi-chamber measurements (Probostat NorECs AS)


Print3Dsolutions 4 axis powder bed inkjet printer

Uniaxial press

MTI, up to 60 MPa

Plastic 3D printers and aerography

print3Dsolutions Prusa i3 3d printer & aerograph.
SLA printer Form2 (Formlabs)


Signatone microscope set-up with Andor SR303i monochromator + iStar DH7 ICCD + Keithley 4200 SCS electric pulsing measurement set-up.


  1. Scanning Electron Microscopy -Zeiss Auriga / Gemini 30kV schottky FESEM column
  2. Transmission Electron Microscopy – Zeiss Libra 120 (LaB6)
  3. Confocal microscopy – Sensofar Plu Neox
  4. X-Ray Diffraction – Brucker
  5. AFM – Park Systems XE7
  6. High temperature furnaces – Hobersal up to 1600 ºC and Lenton up to 1500 ºC
  7. Cryomagnet IntegrAC with He compressor – Oxford / Sumitomo
  8. Binocular, straight and inverted optical microscopes – Zeiss
  9. Contact angle – Dataphysics


Microfabrication and Clean Room Processing

Our group is one of the few groups with large background and capabilities to integrate thin film ceramic science into microtechnology. Ceramic thin film deposition and characterization is performed at IREC facilities, while the microfabrication is performed at Institute of Microelectronic of Barcelona (IMB-CNM, CSIC), using cutting etch silicon technology. Our group has open access to the clean room thanks to a close collaboration between IREC and CNM.