A Global Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology and its Applications

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

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  1. Nov. 25, 2019WIN featured in American Chemical Society editorial

    The American Chemical Society recently published an editorial on "The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology: Societal Impact and a Sustainable Future" which hightlights research breakthroughs in energy harvesting and storage technology areas published by WIN members in the past decade.

    See the full article on ACS Publications.

  2. Nov. 20, 2019Nanotechnology students win at Concept pitch contest

    Teams with members from the nanotechnology engineering undergraduate program claimed one of the four $5,000 prizes on the line today at the latest on-campus pitch competition for students with business ideas.

  3. Nov. 15, 2019Medical startup NERv wins $500K in global contest

    A medical technology startup co-founded by two nanotechnology students topped more than 100,000 applicants to take first place and the $500,000 USD prize in an international competition staged in Saudi Arabia.

    NERv Technology, which is based at the Velocity Garage in downtown Kitchener, won the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) following a startup boot camp and several rounds of competition in Riyadh.

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  1. Mar. 10, 2020Equity 101 Workshop

    This introductory workshop is designed to give staff, students, and faculty a broad understanding of equity and how our interactions with one another are shaped by systems of oppression, power, and privilege. During our discussion, we will explore the ways in which inequities, biases, and microaggressions affect our lives as individuals and communities.

    By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

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Xianguo Li

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Research interests: fuel cells, thermodynamics, energy, digital design and fabrication technologies