Australian Capital Territory node


Node Director: Prof. Jagadish
Phone: +61 2 6125 0363

Facility Manager: Dr Fouad Karouta
Phone: +61 2 6125 7174

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ANFF ACT facility provides a range of capabilities and services for the micro/nanofabrication of photonic and related devices as well as the fabrication of waveguides and photonic crystals.

The node, located at the Australian National University, specialises in photonic/electronic materials growth, and the processing and fabrication of devices including micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). These capabilities provide a range of services for the fabrication of photonic and related devices as well as the production of waveguides and photonic crystals.

ANFF ACT works closely with two renowned research groups based at ANU’s Laser Physics Centre and the Department of Electronic Materials Engineering. These groups bring expertise in the capabilities of high-energy ion implantation, Si-etching, optical characterisation and two metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) reactors for the growth of III-V compound semiconductor multilayers based on: GaAs, AIGaAs, InGaAs, InP, InGaAsP, InAlGaAs, GaSb, InSb, InGaAsN. These reactors enable the fabrication of nanowires, quantum dots, quantum wells, strained layers and devices.

Node Competencies

Specialist fields: micro/nano fabrication of photonic and related devices; fabrication of waveguides and photonic crystals; Micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS).

Flagship facilities: Electron beam lithography (EBL); sputtering system for metal and dielectric multi-layer deposition; Cluster tool for dry etching and deposition; Dual beam focused ion beam; Nano imprint lithography.


Australian National University (ANU)


Research School of Physics
The Stores, End of Garran Road
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

+61 2 6125 7174

Prof. Chennupati Jagadish

Node Director

Professor Jagadish is a world-leader in semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology

Area of Expertise:

Optoelectronics, photonics

Professor Hoe Tan

Node Deputy Director

Prof. Hoe Tan is an expert in the epitaxy of compound semiconductors

Area of Expertise:

Semiconductor materials, epitaxial growth

Dr Fouad Karouta

Facility Manager

Fouad has been involved with research in III-V compound semiconductors (GaAs, InP, GaN) for optoelectronic and microelectronic applications for more than 20 years.

Area of Expertise:

Thin film technologies, deposition, optoelectronics

Dr Kaushal Vora

Senior Processing Officer

Koushal joined ANFF-ACT in 2009 having completed his PhD at La Trobe University where he was involved in design, fabrication and testing of x-ray optics for phase-contrast imaging using µ-XCT.

Area of Expertise:

Thin films technology (Deposition, etching and characterisation), Lithography, Ellipsometry

Dr Li Li

FIB Officer

Dr Li trains and assists with SEM, milling, EBSD, and EDX, while also supporting SEM-CL activities.

Area of Expertise:

Characterisation and fabrication (SEM, FIB, EBSD, EDX)

Sukanta Debbarma

Processing Officer

Sukanta maintains and performs processes for chalcogenide technologies on behalf of users.

Area of Expertise:

Thin films technology (Deposition and characterisation)

Sue Berkeley

Node Administrator

Sue is in charge of liaising with users, billing, editing the website and producing the ANFF ACT the Newsletter.

Area of Expertise:


Mykhaylo Lysevych

MOCVD Officer

Mykhaylo maintains, trains and assists users with three MOCVD reactors, and also helps with XRD and thermal evaporation processes.

Area of Expertise:

Epitaxy of III-V semiconductors and characterisation

Chris Kafer

Technical Officer

Chris addresses infrastructural issues and maintains equipment and pumps.

Area of Expertise:

Technical support

Gayatri Vaidya

EBL Officer

Gayatri trains and helps users with EBL matters, and supports other tools including the etching suite, electron-beam evaporation and SEM-CL.

Area of Expertise:

EBL technique and thin films

Olivier Lee Cheong Lem

SEM-CL Officer

Olivier trains and assists users with SEM-CL, while supporting FIB, EBL, ALD activities

Area of Expertise:

Characterisation (SEM, CL, EDX) and thin films

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