University of Glasgow – James Watt Nanofabrication Centre

Location: Scotland


The James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) is a 1400m2 cleanroom at the University of Glasgow which houses over £35m of state-of-the-art fabrication and metrology equipment. It is one of the leading centres of research and international collaboration in micro- and nanofabrication technologies undertaking fundamental, applied and commercial research, and small industrial prototyping and production runs.

The JWNC is differentiated from most global-leading facilities by the diversity of its capabilities which cover a range of materials and processes for manufacturing electronic, optoelectronic, and bio-compatible devices, and its significant portfolio of developed process modules and background IP.

As a result, the JWNC is in a unique position to enable research and development in the integrated systems required for 21st century applications. Such systems bring together electronic, photonic and micro-mechanical functionality, and require integrating heterogeneous materials and devices into complex products.

Key strengths and unique capabilities

Power semiconductor device research with focus on gallium nitride (GaN).

Commercially, the JWNC has supported the product development and production activities of 170 companies from 23 countries in the last 3 years via Kelvin Nanotechnology, their industrial interface company.


The JWNC contains a range of advanced equipment for the micro- and nanofabrication of power semiconductor devices.

Characterisation equipment for power semiconductor devices together with a high temperature on-wafer probe station.

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