A state-of-the-art facility and a new model of doing research.

Funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund, Western Economic Diversification Canada, and SFU, our $65 million facility opened in 2010. 4D LABS offers a model where our users have open access to cutting edge analytical and fabrication equipment in one place. 4D LABS is your one-stop-shop institute  for materials research.



fabrication and Prototyping Facility
  • Class 100 Clean Room with Class 1 mini-environments
  • specializing in microfabrication and nanofabrication
  • advanced lithography, etching, and deposition tooling
Materials and Device Characterization Facility
  • characterizing materials using SEM, FIB, STEM, EDS, EELS, AFM/STM
  • specializing in high resolution electron and scanning probe microscopy
  • characterizing materials using XPS, XRD, and others
  • materials analysis and growth of thin films and crystals
Laboratory for Advanced Spectroscopy and Imaging Research (LASIR)
  • exploring new frontiers in photonics
  • analysis of materials with nano- and femtosecond lasers
  • advanced imaging with two-photon laser scanning confocal microscope
Visiting Scientists' Laboratory
  • enabling face-to-face collaboration with researchers from around the world

A complete list of our capabilities.