NSERC CREATE Training Program for Graduate Students in Scalable 2D-Materials Architectures

Hands-on training with world-renowned researchers! Gain job-ready skills in exchange with German universities.

Graphene molecule

Atoms are the building blocks of all materials and, in solids, are typically arranged in three-dimensional structures that create the materials we use today, like glass, plastics or ceramics. The Nobel Prize winning discovery that atoms could be arranged in only two-dimensions, like flat, atomically thin sheets opened up a world of possibilities to create improved materials and products.

With a growing number of 2D-materials companies in Canada and globally looking to leverage these possibilities, this NSERC CREATE graduate training program aims to grow a Canadian hub of expertise in this strategic area which will compete on the international stage. The underlying theme of the CREATE is to train students in the multidisciplinary aspects of scale-up from the technical, the techno-economics to the social impacts. This value-added experience will produce job-ready trainees capable of transforming the 2D-materials industry in Canada.

2D-MATURE aims at producing excellent work and research-ready graduates who view the entire innovation ecosystem and consider the ecological and societal implications of their work. 

Contact Information: Learn more about our world-renowned researchers and supervisors. 

The program involves:

  • synthesis and processing of scalable 2D materials;
  • analysis and modelling of their functionality in realistic architectures; and
  • implementation of these materials in optoelectronic and energy storage devices. 

Learn more about our research and training program.

More information on our available positions. 

The next round of applications will take place in 2024.

 Contact us if you are interested in joining the CREATE program.

We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). 

Graduate students' on-boarding took place January 18th and 19th 

Professor Michael Pope at adventure game room with his students holding a trophy.

Ahmed Shahin,Tong Wang, Ryan Zamperoni, Casey Dudding,Keenan Black-Araujo, Emily Yip, Michael Pope, Teri Siu, Jixi Zhang, Jun Wang, Poojitha Durgamhanti

After a six month application process PhD and MASc students have arrived on their respective campuses. The students, who selected which of eight projects they would like to participate in, were excited to meet their faculty supervisors. On January 18th and 19th, PhD students at Universitat Duisburg-Essen, as well as PhD and MASc students at the University of Waterloo, were welcomed into the program.

Organizers injected some fun into the on-boarding agenda! The University of Waterloo students did some enjoyable team building during an excursion to an escape room. They also bonded over lunch at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

Other on-boarding activities for the students included an introduction to their chosen project, as well as informational meetings about research integrity, research data management, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The group is excited to begin work on their projects. The University of Waterloo students are also looking forward to a trip to Germany in June, 2023 to attend their first program workshop.