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 electrical and computer engineering research at the nanoscale. In this program, you will work on research with an Electrical and Computer 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 MASc and PhD students. You may need to take additional courses to fulfill requirements in the nanotechnology field.

Access fellowships valued at $10,000. WIN offers competitive funding for the top students pursuing nanotechnology research.

Nanotechnology research in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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

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

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

Once you have reviewed faculty members and research areas, contact potential academic supervisors conducting research in your area of specialization. It is your responsibility bring your performance and record to the attention of those faculty members under whom you would like to work.