About Us

Our technical expertise can help further your goals

Canadian company with a global presence

Applied 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.

We are also an integrated photonics foundry, offering our NanoSOI Fabrication service to customers worldwide. Our low-loss, high resolution silicon photonic devices have been featured in many publications. We offer multi-project wafer runs and dedicated runs.

We develop products based on the requirements of our customers

  • 1

    Plan your project based on your specifications

    We will ask for your specific requirements to determine if we have a product in-stock that can suit your needs. If not, your project will be planned based on your requirements.

  • 2

    Develop fabrication processes

    Sometimes, a process for your requirement simply doesn't exist yet. We will use our expertise to develop a fabrication process for your project, saving you time and money.

  • 3

    Deliver the finished product

    We combine all of the fabrication steps to complete your project. Your custom product will be delivered and we provide ongoing technical support after the product has been received.

Our team

The Applied Nanotools team comes from many different technical areas, creating a wealth of expertise for our customers to access

Mirwais Aktary

President and CEO

PhD in Analytical Chemistry

Robert Peters

Product Manager (X-ray/EUV Optics)

MSc in Microsystems and Nanodevices in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Cameron Horvath

Product Manager (Integrated Photonics)

MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professional Engineer

Kevin Setzer

Nanofabrication Technologist

Diploma in Nanotechnology Systems

Cong Jin

Materials Scientist/Chemist

PhD in Chemistry

Mansi Shukla

Cleanroom Process Technologist

Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Communication)
Diploma in Nanotechnology Systems

Jocelyn Bachman

Photonics Device Specialist

PhD in Physics

Samuel Muwanguzi

Embedded Systems Engineer-in-Training

BSc in Electrical Engineering

Remko van den Hurk

Cleanroom Processing Engineer/Scientist

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alexandria McKinlay

Nanofabrication Technologist

BSc in Physics and Math
Diploma in Nanotechnology Systems