SUPA Facilities

SUPA has a range of facilities available for both research and industrial use. A sample is below.

For further details and information about accessing these and other facilities within SUPA please contact

A platform for accessing university facilities across all of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions is provided by Interface, details here:

Advanced Functional Materials Research Centre

Provides state of the art capability in analysis and control of functional materials at the nanoscale. Equipment includes:

  • FEI Titan Themis 200 Scanning/Transmission
  • Electron Microscope:
  • FEI Scios Dualbeam Focused ion Beam/Scanning
  • Electron Microscope:
  • Femtosecond Facility
  • Electron Beam Lithography
  • Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscope (SNOM)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Thermal Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL)
  • Single-molecule Fluorescence/force microscope
  • Femtosecond spectrometer with confocal spatial
  • resolution
  • Vis and IR micro-spectrometer
  • Spatially resolved picosecond infrared spectrometer (INFRA)

SCAPA (Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators)

  • Provides
    • Monoenergetic electron beams of energy 100 MeV – 4 GeV
    • Proton and light ion beams of energy up to 100 MeV/c
    • Neutron beams
    • Coherent radiation from a free-electron laser (FEL) in the VUV- X-ray (sub-nm) range
    • Partially coherent betatron (plasma wiggler) radiation in the X-ray to gamma-ray (10s of MeV) range
    • High brightness THz and infra-red radiation
  • Applications
    • Radiobiology – cancer treatment using high energy particle beams and high flux photon beams
    • Phase-contrast X-ray imaging for early cancer diagnosis
    • Spatio-temporal probing of ultrafast processes with ultra-short X-ray probe pulses
    • Mimicking of space radiation for component testing
    • X-ray diffraction from (solution- and crystal-phase) biomacromolecules
    • Simultaneous hydrodynamic and structural characterisation of proteins and polymers
    • Radioisotope production for positron emission tomography (PET)
    • High resolution gamma-radiography of dense matter
    • Development of novel detectors for nuclear and particle physics
    • Radioactive material detection after gamma irradiation
    • Radiation damage testing in nuclear fusion and fission reactor development
    • Electron and X-ray diffraction

Material processing/characterisation

Thin Film Centre (University of the West of Scotland)

  • Plasma enhanced e-beam deposition
  • Magnetron sputtering systems (including DC, pulsed DC, RF, microwave systems)
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (RF, hollow cathode PECVD)
  • Advanced film characterisation facilities.
  • Expertise in thin film and plasma research, micro/nanoscale film/structure design, characterisation/evaluation, micro-mechanics and nanotechnology.