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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. Sep. 18, 20202020 WIN Rising Star Recipients Announced
    Rising Star awardees

    As Canada’s largest nanotechnology institute, committed to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) actively celebrates emerging leaders in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Oct. 20, 2020Institute for Quantum Computing - Fireside Chat
    Kristine Boone, PhD candidate Fireside chat

    Join the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) for casual conversations with their researchers.

    Kristine Boone, PhD candidate - Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.

    For their third Fireside Chat, they welcome Kristine Boone for a conversation about working on the boundary of research and industry.

    Tune in live on YouTube.

  2. 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


  3. Nov. 24, 2020WIN Research Celebration
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    Join us virtually on November 24, 2020 to celebrate WIN members' outstanding achievements in research, the winners of our nanofellowships and listen to lectures by our 2020 Rising Star recipients!

    Registration is required. If you have any questions or issues registering, please contact

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