Norcada is a nano-MEMS and photonics product company with specialization in development and manufacturing of MEMS devices and mid-IR DFB lasers utilized in a wide range of industrial and scientific applications. Founded in 2001, Norcada designs and manufactures novel products in state-of-the-art MEMS and photonics fabrication facilities in Edmonton, Alberta, home to a major nanotechnology cluster in Canada. Norcada nano-MEMS products include thin film devices, MEMS heating, electrochemistry and liquid cells for electron and X-ray microscopy, electron and X-ray transmission windows, X-ray tomography chips, as well as nanopore devices for bio-analysis, genomics and proteomics.
Norcada NanoPores and NanoPore-Ready Membranes
Norcada NanoPore-embedded devices combine our membrane technology with our high-accuracy nanofabrication to provide devices designed for Genomics, Proteomics and other NanoPore applications. NanoPore devices are available with translocation pores as small as 3nm dia.
Our Nanopore-Ready platform offers a SiNx membrane optimized for NanoPore fabrication processes including Dielectric Breakdown (CDB), Helium/ Gallium Focused Ion Beam (HIM / FIB), and more. Norcada’s controlled manufacturing, quality control and packaging processes tailor the SiNx membranes to have a smooth surface finish, with tightly controlled thickness and uniformity.
MEMS Technology and Custom Fabrication
Norcada provides custom design and fabrication of our scientific MEMS devices to match your specific experiment designs. Norcada's state-of-the-art cleanroom includes tools such as High-Resolution UV Lithography, E-Beam Lithography, LPCVD, PECVD, ALD, wet and dry etching (DRIE), cleanroom singulation and more.
Norcada has also developed MEMS design and fabrication capabilities for a wide range of industrial applications over the years. We take a concept from design to prototype demonstration and small volume MEMS production in an effective and efficient manner. Please contact us for more information regarding our custom device fabrication services.
Norcada designs and manufactures In-Situ Heating, Heating+Gas (Catalysis), Liquid Cell, and Electrochemistry holders and MEMS chips for all Electron and X-ray microscopy equipment and beamlines.
Our heating holders are made specifically for each SEM microscope or chamber design, while the chips are made to be cross-compatible. Many of our customers can use our MEMS chips for correlative analysis between SEMs and/or TEMs, and even X-ray microscopy or spectroscopy stations.
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