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. 

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). 

International graduate students and faculty members arrived on campus in June for 2D-Mature Summer School # 2

Graduate students and faculty members from the Universitat Duisburg-Essen and the University of Cambridge arrived at the University of Waterloo in June to join their UWaterloo counterparts for the second summer school of the program.

Last summer faculty and students from the University of Waterloo travelled to the Universitat Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

The students are participating in ongoing graduate student training aimed at leveraging 2D materials for various manufacturing applications.

The training held at the University of Waterloo brought together international academia, industry partners and students to collaborate on the multidisciplinary aspects of producing, utilizing and scaling up 2D materials. 

On the first Sunday of the summer school, the group travelled to take in the sights at Niagara Falls.

Professors Peter Kratzer, Marika Schleberger, and Rossitza Pentcheva

Professors Peter Kratzer, Marika Schleberger, and Rossitza Pentcheva

A big group of people standing in front of a white bus on a sunny day

The graduate students attended lectures from their supervisors and other professors.

Professors Michael Pope and Kyle Daun

Professors Michael Pope and Kyle Daun

Dr. Na Young Kim

Dr. Na Young Kim

The group also had lectures delivered by industry partners, such as Matt Heuft, Vice President of Business Development for Evercloak and Corey Travers from Angstrom Engineering, a company that specializes in thin film deposition systems. The group had an opportunity to visit the Angstrom Engineering facility.

A group of people gathered around a sign for Angstrom Engineering

2D-Mature group outside of Angstrom Engineering

Matt Heuft of Evercloak talking in front of two screens

Matt Heuft, Vice President of Business Development for Evercloak

The training included Indigenous perspectives. Professor Bob Watts former Interim Executive Director of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivered a lecture to the training group. The group was treated to an Indigenous dinner featuring braised venison following the presentation.  

Dr. Bob Watts

Professor Bob Watts

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2D-MATURE group members about to enjoy the Indigenous meal.

At the dinner, the group played PechaKucha (a Japanese phrase meaning chit-chat.)  PechaKucha is a storytelling format in which the presenter only has six seconds to talk about each slide of their presentation. The students' presentations celebrated the diversity within the group. Everyone had a great time learning more about the students’ lives and experiences!

a woman in a blue shirt standing in front of a screen

Tobiloba Fabunmi talking about Nigeria.

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ORnel Jose Padilla Estrada talking about Columbia.

a man in a white shirt standing in front of a big screen in a dark room

Horace Ingram Looi talking about Malaysia.

Many of the students from Universitat Duisburg-Essen will remain at the University of Waterloo for six to eight months to continue their collaborations with students and faculty. The students received hands-on training and had lab tours of various labs where they would be conducting their research.

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Professor Kevin Musselman talking to 2D-MATURE students.

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Professor William Wong talking to students outside his lab.

Sessions were held for each student to present their ongoing research to the group. Read research publications.

A lively poster session was held in the E7 Event Space. Check out the photo gallery below:

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.