Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)


name = Waterloo Innstitute for Nanotechnology
executive director = Arthur Carty PhD{FRSC] {OC]
managing director = Alain Francq
city = Waterloo province = Ontario
country = Canada

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is located at the University of Waterloo and is co-located with the Institute for Quantum Computing in The Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC). WIN is headed by Dr. Arthur Carty, former National Research Council President and National Science Advisor. The Quantum-Nano centre is expected to be completed in 2010. The 160 million dollar, 284,000 square foot facility was made possible by major gifts and awards from multiple sources including a 75 million dollar donation from Ophelia and Mike Lazaridis (co-CEO of Research in Motion and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo) and 17.9 million dollars from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) which has been matched by the Province of Ontario [ University of Waterloo Quantum-Nano Fact Sheet] .The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology comprises 30 existing faculty from eight departments in Engineering and Science, 21 new nanotechnology appointments and more than 100 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. An anonymous donor has provided an endowment of 29 million dollars for 3 endowed chairs and 42 Graduate Nanofellowship. WIN is underpinned by Canada’s first co-op undergraduate Nanotechnology Engineering program [ University of Waterloo Quantum-Nano Fact Sheet] .


*Build, maintain and expand "research infrastructure"
*Administer and support "membership"
* Facilitate multi-disciplinary "research projects"
*Liaise with Government partners and "funding" agencies
*Secure "industry" collaboration, technology transfer
*Promote "awareness" of nanotechnology in the public domain, for example: the ethical and environmental implications [ [http://www.nanotech.uwaterloo.ca/ Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo}]

Major Research Facilities

Giga to Nano Electronics Laboratory

G2N is a fabrication laboratory that integrates a range of thin-film manufacturing, assembly, testing, and characterization equipment to create electronic systems in the very large (a few billion pixels) and very small (a few nanometres) size range [ [http://www.ece.uwaterloo.ca/~a-sidic/Giga to Nano Electronics Laboratory] ] .


WATlab is a leading nano-materials metrology research facility, equipped with surface and nano-materials research tools for exploring emerging areas of nanotechnology and nano-scale sciences. WATLab has an enviable reputation as on of the most successfully run multi-user, multi-mission, materials research facilities in Canada [ [http://leung.uwaterloo.ca/WATLab/content.htm WATLab] ] .

Advanced Micro-Nano Lab

[ [http://biomems.uwaterloo.ca/research.html Advanced Micro/Nano-Devices Lab] ]

Research Interests

Nano-Engineered Materials

*Nanostructured materials for energy storage and conversion
*Synthesis of electoactive nanomaterials
*Bulk production of nanomaterials
**Nanopowders, nanotubes, nanowires
*Novel Process
**CVD, crystallization laser ablation
*Polymer nanocomposites
**Flexible transistors/electronics
*Nano biomaterials
*Nano materials for imaging
*Novel spintronic materials

Nano-Electronics Design and Fabrication

*Organic Electronics
*Flexible, transparent electronics
*X-ray detectors
*Terahertz detectors and sources
*Ultrasensitive sensors
*Spintronic device design and fabrication
*Direct bandgap nanowires for solar cells
*Quantum photovoltaic devices
*Advanced CAD tool development and application to emerging devices and sensors


*Nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS)
*Nano-micro interface technology
*Nanofluidic devices
*Advanced CAD- electromechanical systems
*Development of novel cooling technologies for nano devices/high density circuits
*E-Beam epitaxy
*Nano-sampling techniques


*Targeted drug delivery
*Gene therapy
*Polymeric nanostructures
*Bio-nano wires
*Implantable nano-enabled devices
*Lab-on-a-chip [ Ontario’s World-Class Quantum-Nanotechnology Research Centre at the University of Waterloo, Alain Francq, University of Waterloo ]

Collaborations and Partnerships

Nanotechnology research at Waterloo has national and international scope through collaboration and partnerships with:
*College of NanoScale Science and Engineering, Albany, New York
*IIT, Bombay, India
*Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Hamilton, Ontario
*NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences
*National Institute for Nanotechnology, Edmonton, Alberta
*Canada Foundation for Innovation
*Ministry of Research and Innovation [ The Complete Specturm of Nanotechnology Education, Research, Facilities and Partnerships for a World Class Nanotechnology Centre, Power Point, Alain Francq, University of Waterloo ]


External Links

[http://www.uwaterloo.ca/ University of Waterloo Main Website]

[http://www.iqc.ca/ Institue for Quantum Computing]

[http://biomems.uwaterloo.ca/research.html Advanced Micro/Nano-Devices Lab]

[http://www.nanotech.uwaterloo.ca/ Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo]

[http://www.ece.uwaterloo.ca/~a-sidic/Giga to Nano Electronics Laboratory]

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