About

logoApplied Nanotools is a leading supplier of Fresnel zone plates, transmission gratings and calibration standards for microscopy and spectroscopy applications. Our products cover a wide range of energies from the visible and ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Applied Nanotools currently offers the world’s highest-resolution soft X-ray zone plates with an outer zone width resolution of 18 nm and calibration samples with critical dimensions down to 15 nm. More recently, we have introduced a new line of zone plate products with a resolution of 30 nm for hard X-ray applications including nano-tomography and coherent diffraction imaging. In addition, the company offers the commercial nanoSOI fabrication service for silicon photonics and opto-electromechanical systems and devices.


Our Staff:

  • Mirwais Aktary

    Dr. Mirwais Aktary is the President and CEO of Applied Nanotools.  With expertise in nanofabrication and X-ray optics, Mirwais is responsible for overseeing the company’s technology development and product roadmap.  He has helped forge numerous collaborations in the past 12 years including our partnership with the Canadian Light Source (CLS), CMC Microsystems, and the INRS.

  • Rob Peters

    Robert Peters, MSc, is the Product Manager (X-ray/EUV Optics) of Applied Nanotools. Currently, Mr. Peters heads the new product development and technology operations associated with ANT’s x-ray and EUV products. Mr. Peters obtained his M.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta in Electrical Engineering and his B.Sc. from the University of Calgary.

  • Cameron Horvath

    Cameron Horvath, MSc, is the Product Manager (Silicon Photonics) of Applied Nanotools. Mr. Horvath leads the operations and development of the NanoSOI fabrication service and photonic gas sensor technology. Mr. Horvath obtained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (2013) and B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (2011) from the University of Alberta.

  • Luis Gutierrez-Rivera

    Dr. Luis Gutierrez-Rivera is currently a research and development engineer at Applied Nanotools. He has a background in nano/micro-fabrication, MEMS, microfluidics, sensing, fluorescence and x-ray optics and silicon photonic fabrication.

  • Kevin Setzer

    Kevin Setzer is a Nanofabrication Technician at Applied Nanotools. Mr. Setzer is responsible for executing and maintaining many of the day-to-day fabrication processes for product deliveries and R&D activities. He graduated with a diploma in Nanotechnology Systems at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 2016.