The mission of the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) team is experimental and theoretical investigation of properties of nanostructures and low-dimensional materials with the goal of developing novel nanoscale devices for electronic, optical and energy conversion applications.

Nano Device Fabrication

Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) is engaged in nanoscale device focused research, which involves preparation of quasi one-dimensional and two-dimensional materials, device fabrication at the UCLA Nano Fabrication Laborator (NanoLab) and device testing. The NDL facilities include a specialized 2D Transfer Laboratory and Low-Frequency Noise Laboratory. The NanoLab operates at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) as one of the six nano-technology centers on the UCLA campus facilitating open-access to cutting-edge research facilities dedicated to producing and examining nanoscale materials, systems, and devices. Spanning across an area exceeding 15,000 square feet with class 10, 100 and 1000 cleanroom space, the NanoLab incorporates contemporary semiconductor equipment, methodologies, and assessments, accommodating substrates that vary in dimensions from tiny fragments to 150mm wafers, including emerging categories of materials and devices with vital biomedical applications. Read more about our expertise in this area.

Low-Frequency Noise Spectroscopy

Low-frequency electronic noise with the spectral density inversely proportional to frequency is a ubiquitous phenomenon observed in a wide variety of electronic materials and devices. This type of noise, commonly referred to as 1/f noise, flicker or excess noise, dominates the spectrum at f < 100 kHz. The importance of 1/f noise for electronics motivated numerous studies of its physical mechanisms and methods for its reduction. A specially designed Noise Spectroscopy Laboratory – part of Professor Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) – is fully equipped for investigation of low-frequency noise in nanoscale devices over a wide temperature range (Lake Shore). The devices can be tested using several probe-station or wire-bound. The Noise Spectroscopy Laboratory is isolated from low-frequency electronic and acoustic vibrations. Read more about our expertise in this area.