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Collaborative program in nanotechnology

​Waterloo’s Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in nanotechnology are the first of their kind in Canada.

Conduct chemical engineering research at the nanoscale. In this program, you will work on research with a Chemical Engineering faculty member and gain perspective from other disciplines. The University of Waterloo's research efforts in nanotechnology are extremely interdisciplinary, with seven departments collaborating to form the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

Waterloo Engineering offers this collaborative program to Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. You may need to take additional courses to fulfill requirements in the nanotechnology field.

Access fellowships valued at $10,000. The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology offers competitive funding for the top students pursuing nanotechnology research.

Nanotechnology research in Chemical Engineering

Waterloo’s research efforts in nanotechnology focus on the following areas:

  • Nanomaterials
  • Nano-electronics design and fabrication
  • Nano-instruments and devices
  • Nano-biosystems​

Graduate students researching under Professor Frank Gu use nanomaterials to create a revolutionary process for water treatment. Watch more videos about Waterloo Engineering research.        

Finding a supervisor

Engineering applicants to the collaborative nanotechnology program must be accepted under the supervision of a faculty member in one of the following departments:


Electrical and Computer

Mechanical and Mechatronics

Systems Design

You can contact a faculty member to be your prospective supervisor through our official form.

Questions:  Please e-mail Judy Caron, Graduate Co-ordinator ( for assistance