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The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology main office (QNC 3606) is closed until further notice. If you are a student trying to pick up or return a lab/office key, please email asomel@uwaterloo.ca for assistance. All other inquires can be directed to win-office@uwaterloo.ca. For emergencies, contact Campus Police.

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. June 3, 2020New AI technology will be used to improve contact tracing for COVID-19
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    New AI algorithms that provide information about physical distancing, the isolation measures that a person who tested positive for COVID has taken, and testing results for individuals will be incorporated into a contact tracing app to better forecast the spread of COVID-19 and predict any further outbreaks of the virus.

  2. May 1, 2020Continuing social distancing for a few more months in Ontario and Quebec could save tens of thousands of lives
    social distancing

    Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec should wait several more months before lifting social distancing restrictions, according to the findings of a new mathematical model developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

    The new model, called Distancing-SEIRD, indicates that continuing social distancing at the current levels in Ontario and Quebec for six months (until mid-September), could save close to 100,000 lives.

    The machine learning-enabled model was recently the subject of a study that is pending peer review.

  3. Apr. 29, 2020Two Waterloo scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society

    Today, two prominent Waterloo scientists were among the 60 exceptional scientists selected to be Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences. 

    Chemist Linda Nazar, a WIN member, and Physicist Donna Strickland were both elected for their outstanding contributions to their field and scientific understanding.

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  1. June 4, 2020WIN Intellectual Property Series: IP Case Study
    Intellectual Property Series

    University of Waterloo has long been known for researchers who are entrepreneurial thinkers and industry partners. At the core of entrepreneurship is Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Policy #73, also called "creator-owned," which grants ownership to the inventor. It's the engine for driving commercialization success of research-based innovations and may be the most entrepreneurial oriented IP policy in North America.

  2. June 10, 2020WIN Entrepreneurship Series: Kickstart with Concept's Carly Cameron and WIN's Oleg Stukalov
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    We are living in times of extraordinary advancement of technology. A significant contribution to this innovation is coming from companies that were just a group of students a few years ago doing their graduate research, and now their ideas have grown to become multimillion international businesses. These successes would not have happened without access to educational resources and tremendous support. The University of Waterloo has entrepreneurship embedded in its DNA.

  3. June 12, 2020WIN Intellectual Property Series: Copyright and Software
    Intellectual Property Series

    University of Waterloo has long been known for researchers who are entrepreneurial thinkers and industry partners. At the core of entrepreneurship is Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Policy #73, also called "creator-owned," which grants ownership to the inventor. It's the engine for driving commercialization success of research-based innovations and may be the most entrepreneurial oriented IP policy in North America.

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