Position: One PhD student, for 3-4 years
Supervised by Professor Norman Zhou and Professor John Wen
Employer: University of Waterloo, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Work location: Waterloo
Starting date: Fall 2010


We have an open graduate research assistantship position for a PhD degree on nanoenergetic materials aiming for microelectronics packaging, flexible electronics and nanodrug (cancer therapy) development. This position is available for Fall 2010 and untill filled.


  • Synthesis of Al nanoparticles, CuO nanowires and Al/CuO core-shell nanostructures
  • Thermite reaction and ignition mechanism
  • Development of neneenergetic materials for microelectronic/flexible electronic packaging
  • Nanomedicines and laser therapy


  • University degree in material, electrical, or mechanical engineering, experimental/applied physics, chemical physics.
  • Computing simulation skills using various methods, potential and interests to deal with biological systems and experience for successful publications are plus.
  • The successful candidate is innovative, responsive, communicative, and sincerely interested in the success of the research and career development. 
  • Canadians and landing immigrants have priority but not required.


Professor Norman Zhou, Professor John Wen or Professor Anming Hu
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Waterloo
Email: nzhou@uwaterloo.cajzwen@uwaterloo.ca, a2hu@uwaterloo.ca