A Global Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology and its Applications

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is a University Research Centre, founded in 2008.

400estimated total number of graduate students241occupants in the QNC

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31distinguished lectures109seminars109graduate student seminars

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  1. Sep. 17, 2019Engineering researchers awarded provincial funding

    Four professors at Waterloo Engineering, including WIN Director Sushanta Mitra and WIN member Kevin Musselman, were recently awarded $570,000 in provincial funding to build their research teams and pay for research-related infrastructure.

  2. Sep. 10, 2019WIN members named Royal Society of Canada fellows and members

    Three WIN members have been named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) and members of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

    They are among 93 new fellows elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement and 46 new members of the College across Canada announced today.

    Waterloo’s new RSC fellows and members are:

    Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

  3. July 30, 2019Hard or soft? State-shifting new material can be both

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have created a new material that can go from a soft gel to a hard solid and back again at the same temperature.

    The switchability of the material - a combination of supercooled melted salt and polymers that the researchers call sal-gel - means it has two stable and reversible solid states for potential use in a range of technologies including soft robotics, adhesion and adhesives, and aeronautics.

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  1. Oct. 21, 2019WIN Distinguished Lecture Series: Novel Nanofiber Technologies for Energy and Environment

    The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Faculty of Engineering are pleased to present a Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Professor Wallace Leung, Chair Professor of Innovative Products and Technologies and a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Novel Nanofiber Technologies for Energy and Environment

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  2. Oct. 31, 2019WIN Distinguished Lecture Series: Multifunctional Materials for Emerging Technologies

    The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is pleased to present a Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Professor Federico Rosei, Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Materials and a distinguished professor at Institut national de la recherche scientifique.

    Multifunctional Materials for Emerging Technologies

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  3. Nov. 22, 2019WIN and Chemistry Joint Seminar: Multiblock Nanofibers from Organic Electronic Materials

    Please join the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the Department of Chemistry on Friday November 17, 2019 for a guest lecture by Zachary Hudson, PhD, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He will be speaking on "Mutliblock Nanofibers from Organic Electronic Materials".

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Meet our people

Chris Backhouse

Chris Backhouse

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research interests: microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems; MEMS/NEMS; sensors; microfabrication