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Our research is about science and engineering at the atomic scale. That is the design, fabrication and exploitation of materials and structures where dimensions are measured in billionths of a meter (10-9 m). A nanometer.

The extraordinary range of possibilities offered by nanotechnology is based on the fact that the properties of materials change – sometimes radically – when their size approaches that of a few tens or hundreds of atoms.

By taking advantage of the unique phenomena which predominate at the atomic-scale, our scientists and engineering are making fundamental breakthroughs, discoveries and innovations that will have both local and global impact for all Canadians.