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Canada's largest nanotechnology institute committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is a global leader in discovering and developing smart and functional materials, connected devices, next generation energy systems and, therapeutics and theranostics. These discoveries by our scientists and engineers are fundamentally changing our world and helping solve some of humanity's most pressing issues. Our 285, 000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility meets the highest scientific standards for control of vibration, electromagnetic radiation, temperature and humidity making it a global centre of excellence for nanotechnology and its applications.

Why is nanotechnology important? It is about creating new materials and improving ways of manufacturing products. To be more efficient, better, stronger and cheaper. Also improving the economy, environment and society. To achieve societal impact and a sustainable future, WIN has now mapped its thematic areas with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

  1. Aug. 24, 2020WIN Member Derek Schipper's Canada Research Chair renewed

    Innovation, research and discovery are key factors in maintaining and growing Canada’s socio-economic well-being, to benefit all Canadians. The Canada Research Chair Program is investing $140 million toward 182 new and renewed Chairs at 34 institutions. The University of Waterloo had three chairs renewed, including Chemistry's Derek Schipper.

  2. Aug. 6, 2020Smallest AFM in the World

    Since its inception in the 1980s, the atomic force microscope (AFM) has become a workhorse for nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers. At the core of any AFM are piezoelectric scanners, an ultra-sharp stylus tip, and sensing system.

  3. July 23, 2020WIN featured in Toronto Sun and CTV Kitchener for anti-viral surface coating research

    What if you could spray away COVID-19? That’s the idea behind an anti-viral surface coating being developed in a collaborative project between by researchers at The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) within the University of Waterloo and SiO2 Innovation Labs. The coating will kill the COVID-19 virus immediately upon contact with any surface.

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  1. Oct. 22, 2020WIN Distinguished Lecture Series: Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies
    Event image for Liangbing Hu Lecture

    The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) is pleased to present a Distinguished Lecture Series talk by Professor Liangbing (Bing) Hu, a distinguished professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland. 

    Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies


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