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About the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

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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 engineers are making fundamental breakthroughs, discoveries and innovations that will have both local and global impact for all Canadians.