Waterloo-Cambridge Collaboration

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A workshop in Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy and Healthcare applications was held at the University of Cambridge in July 2016. A delegation of 10 WIN faculty, led by Dr Arthur Carty, met with leading Cambridge researchers in nanomaterials development for a 2-day event at the Cambridge for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE). The workshop was opened by Sir Mark Welland, and the WIN team was welcomed by Professors Arokia Nathan and William Milne from the Electrical Engineering Department at UC.

Each participant gave presentations on their current work, and areas of synergy and mutual strengths between the two institutions were identified. Potential collaborations between individual WIN members and Cambridge researchers were identified, and support for further interaction has been provided.

The team for WIN included the following faculty members, with their presentation titles:

  • Hany Aziz, ECE: OLEDs – Challenges and Research Opportunities
  • Adam Tsen, Chem: Quantum Materials in the 2D Limit
  • Yuning Li, ChE: Development and Application of Polymer Semiconductors for Flexible and Printable Electronics
  • Juewen Liu, Chem: Catalytic DNA and Nanoparticles
  • Michael Pope, ChE: Controlling the Assembly of Exfoliated 2D Nanomaterials – From Blocking Layers to High Surface-area Electrodes
  • Na Young Kim, ECE: Carbon Nanotube Transport and Exciton-Polarization Condensation
  • Vassili Karanassios, Chem: Impurities in Advanced Nano-materials and Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Miniaturization for Environmental and Healthcare Applications
  • William Wong, ECE: Heterogeneous Integration – Considerations for Flexible Electronics from Thin-film to Nano-scale Devices
  • Germán Sciaini, Chem: Observing Dynamics with Atomic Spatiotemporal Resolution
  • Zhongwei Chen, ChE: Advanced High Energy Lithium-ion Batteries and Zinc-air Batteries

The University of Cambridge faculty members and researchers included the following, with presentation topics:

  • Michael Kelly: Manufacturing Semiconducting Tunnel Devices
  • Sungsik Lee: Transparent Semiconducting Oxides for Multifunctional Electronics: quantitative insights through semiconductor and device physics
  • Twafique Hassan: Functional inks of 2D materials
  • Luigi Occhipinti: Large-Area Electronics for wearable and implantable smart systems
  • Pritesh Hiralal: Powering the Internet of Things: Designing alternative form factors for Energy Storage Devices
  • Sohini Kar-Narayan: Nanogenerators – Small Power, Big Impact
  • Stephan Hofmann: Integrated manufacturing of nanomaterials
  • Matthew Cole: Graphene & Carbon Nanotube-based Field Emission Devices
  • Hannah Joyce: Semiconductor nanowires: from growth to device applications

The next steps in the Waterloo-Cambridge Collaboration and Research Partnership involves a seminar series where faculty members from each institution visit their partner school to give open research talks, tour facilities and laboratories, conduct complementary research for project advancement and plan future steps. Further student and faculty exchanges will be supported through internal funding programs, and extended research support will be provided. A list of Canada-UK funding opportunities has been generated and distributed to each workshop participant to kick-start and advance joint research projects.

Technology transfer and commercialization initiatives will be encouraged, stimulating industrial partnerships as well as philanthropic supporters.

The Second Reciprocal WIN-Cambridge Workshop will be planned for the upcoming academic year to advance the current joint projects, and to stimulate new collaborations.

   

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