CNH Facilities

The centre is located within the new Institute of Life Science 2 (ILS2) building on the site of Singleton Hospital over two floors. The building consists of 1600m2 of state of the art facilities including dedicated laboratory space and offices for research, academic and project staff. The CNH offers a fully integrated nanotechnology and biomedical R&D environment.

Incorporated is a fully equipped nano-fabrication and characterisation class 1000/100 cleanroom for silicon and non-silicon based developments, a class 1000 bioclean room for tissue engineering and device functionalization, NMR, rheology, biomolecule printing, AFM, SEM, and photonics.

The centre includes a category 2 biomedical suite of laboratories offering cell and molecular biology capabilities, including confocal microscopy, and high-throughput/high-content analytical systems (Amnis Imagestream & GE In Cell); microbiology, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering: and nanogenotoxicology.

CNH can also offer access to incubation space  as private offices, a clinical research facility and access to a 'first into man' clinical trials unit and MRI/CT patient imaging and health informatics.


With secure access to 1500m² of dedicated laboratory space, the centre offers a range of equipment and commercial opportunities that would be impossible for a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) to develop alone.

The centre offers access to equipment and facilities for:

  1. Biology and advanced cell imaging
  2. Characterisation with equipment capable of electrical, physical & chemical analysis
  3. Micro-nano fabrication of sensors and devices

CNH can also offer a clinical research facility and access to a 'first into man' clinical trials unit and MRI/CT patient imaging and health informatics

Biology and Imaging

The labs of CNH contain the biological laboratories and advanced cell imaging suite, and these include:

  • Molecular biology with real-time PCR systems from Biorad. Download flyer here: Bio_AFM_v2
  • Tissue culture, including a separate isolated lab for the culture of primary tissues 
  • Microbiology
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Cell Imaging suite comprising 
  • High throughput cell imaging capabilities including Amnis Image Stream flow cytometry, IMAS-Zeiss Metasystems micronucleus detection and GE InCell analyser 2000. Download flyer here: InCell  
  • Zeiss LSM710 Confocal Microscope 
  • Combined JPK Nanowizard AFM / Zeiss LSM Confocal Microscope system.  Download flyer here: JPK Nanowizard

The CNH is equipped with a range of state of the art characterisation equipment capable of electrical, physical and chemical analysis. Capabilities include: 

  • Hitachi SEM (~1nm resolution) with cryo stage, STEM and EDX techniques.  Download flyer here: Hitachi S4800
  • JPK Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) including electrical mode.  Download flyer here: JPK Nanowizard
  • Raman Spectroscope (high throughput and combined AFM, TERS, SNOM system) download flyer here: Raman
  • The Nanoprobe system is fully equipped for Nanoscale imaging and physical and electrical characterisation. It also includes high resolution scanning Auger capability for surface chemical analysis.  Download flyer here: Nanoprobe
  • Particle characterisation (Quantachrome NOVAe & Malvern Zetasizer Nano)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance system - download flyer here: NMR 
  • Rheometers - download flyer here: Rheology
  • Gas Analyser
Micro-Nano Fabrication

The clean rooms and printing and coating facilities within the CNH are extensively equipped for micro-nano fabrication of sensors and devices. There are four main labs:

Class 100 photolithography lab including: 

  • SUSS Microtech mask aligner (200mm wafer capability)
  • SUSS Microtech nano imprint lithography (30nm features)
  • Raith E-line electron beam lithography (10nm features)

Class 1000 area includes:

  • SPTS Plasma Enhance Chemical Vapour Deposition (200mm wafer capability)
  • SPTS Inductively Coupled Plasma Etch (200mm wafer capability)
  • Physical Vapour Deposition
  • Anealsys Rapid Thermal Anneal
  • Wafer Prober 

To find out more about the clean room facilities see CNH Clean Room

Class 10000 bio clean room includes:

  • Microscopes & micromanipulator
  • Ruskinn controlled environment cabinet
  • Electrospinner for producing nanofibres - download flyer here:Nanospider

The Printing and Coating lab in CNH includes:

  • Areosol Jet Deposition System (10um features) - download flyer here: Optomec
  • 3D Bioplotter

Note, the printing and coating lab in CNH is an extension to the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating extensive facilities within Engineering, and is especially equipped for working with biomaterials. 

Access to incubation space at the heart of driving research

Whether your company is interested in becoming an affiliate member, access to hot-desk facilities, laboratory and/or office space, we have the package to suit you. The centre offers a soft landing opportunity for international businesses looking to enter the European Market and is one of the swiftest and most effective ways of developing a relationship with CNH.

200m² of business incubation space is available for private offices at the heart of driving research.

Register your interest by contacting us using the details below.