Juewen Liu’s research uses DNA and lipids as functional polymers and catalysts at the nano-scale.
Liu has found DNA molecules can be altered to serve as highly selective biosensors and reaction catalysts. Applications include detecting heavy metals instantly in water samples and targeted drug delivery. He is also interested in interfacing lipids with nanoparticles to create hybrid nanomaterials.
Vivek Maheshwari carries out research in nanotechnology. His research interests include synthesis and assembly of 3-D nanomaterials and membranes, nanoelectrodes, energy harnessing and cellular electronics. The aim is to develop materials for application in new electronic devices, sensors and integration of cells with an electronic interface.
Eric Prouzet carries out research in material chemistry and nanotechnology. His research is focused on the synthesis of nanostructured materials such as porous materials and nano-objects. His main domain of research is using soft matter such as micelles, liquid crystals and biogels, as adaptive soft templates or molds. He has great expertise in particle and porosity size analysis, and created the Waterloo Structure Analytical Platform (WatSAP) that offers up-to-date equipment for these analyses. His research has applications in a range of areas including membrane processes, catalysis, photovoltaic or magnetic devices.
Pavle Radovanovic carries out research in nanotechnology. His research is focused on the concept of multifunctionality in reduced dimensions, and the application of multifunctional nanosystems for addressing important chemical, physical, and technological problems.
He holds the Canada Research Chair in Spectroscopy of Nanoscale Materials.
Shirley Tang carries out research in nanotechnology. Central to her effort is the creation of materials and devices based on graphene, carbon nanotubes, and their chemical derivatives, primarily for biomedical applications.
Shirley is the Director of the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.
Xiaosong Wang carries out research in nanotechnology, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. His research involves the development of new synthetic strategies for self-assembled functional nanomaterials using macromolecules as major building blocks. His expertise includes living polymerization, water-soluble polymers, and metallopolymers.