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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. June 26, 2020NSERC invests more than $1.49 million into Waterloo Science research
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    As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. That is why the Government continues to support the discovery research being done at Canadian universities to help build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. 

  2. June 25, 2020WIN member wins federal funding to develop rapid, portable test for COVID-19
    virus under microscope

    A WIN member has won $265,000 in federal backing to develop a palm-sized device capable of detecting COVID-19 infection within 30 minutes.

    Carolyn Ren, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering and WIN Member, will lead the one-year project by a team that includes professors Emmanuel Ho (also a WIN member) of the School of Pharmacy at Waterloo and fellow WIN member and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba.

  3. June 23, 2020Nanofellowship winner awarded prestigious Vanier Scholarship
    Christian Ieritano

    Last week, this year's Vanier Scholarship award winners were announced. Among the prestigious group was 2019 Nanofellowship winner Christian Ieritano, one of three winners from UWaterloo.

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  1. July 22, 2020WIN Intellectual Property Series: Commercialization Panel Discussion
    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. July 27, 2020WIN Entrepreneurship Series: Panel discussion on Business of Research Chemicals
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    Year after year, UWaterloo is ranked #1 in Canada (and #20 in the World according to 2017 PitchBook rankings) of universities that produce the most venture capitalist-backed entrepreneurs. Nanotechnology research and education programs at UWaterloo have measurably affected the local entrepreneurship scene. In this Nanotechnology Entrepreneurship series, we are complementing existing educational programming on the campus.

  3. Aug. 5, 2020Q&A with the Science Innovation Hub Advisory Team

      Interested in entrepreneurship and science? Have an idea?

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