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.
Mission & Vision
A Global Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology and its Applications
- Working in teams
- Integrated complementary skills and understanding
- Fostering collaboration and partnerships with external partners
- Common goals & addressing major challenges
Centre of excellence means:
- Recognition, well respected and international profile
- Quality people, facilities, programs
- High standards, professional, fast response
- Open and accessible
What we do
Research and innovation means:
- Novel research
- Pioneering discovery and engineering emerging technology
- Full spectrum innovation (i.e. not just technological innovation, but innovation in policy, funding, hiring, programs)
- Focused priorities
How we are measured
Global impact means:
- Being held accountable for great things
- International in scope
- Commercialization and partnerships
- Focus on major challenges
- Improving quality of life
"Operationalizing" our mission and vision
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) created a Strategic Framework to translate the high-level vision into the "work of the organization." The framework links the attributes of the mission and vision with the operational activities and programs of the organization. These activities and programs are designed to administer infrastructure, support scholarly performance, foster partnerships and drive business outcomes.
When vision attributes and operating themes are mapped together, a framework is created that can be used as a "planning tool" to define and deploy the institutes annual goals, programs and activities that support the vision. The framework can also be used as a scorecard at the end of the year to evaluate performance against goals and to demonstrate the "value-added" by the institute.