University COVID-19 update

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The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology main office (QNC 3606) is closed until further notice. If you are a student trying to pick up or return a lab/office key, please email for assistance. All other inquires can be directed to For emergencies, contact Campus Police.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Smallest 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.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

WIN featured in Toronto Sun and CTV Kitchener for anti-viral surface coating research

What if you could spray away COVID-19? That’s the idea behind an anti-viral surface coating being developed in a collaborative project between by researchers at The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) within the University of Waterloo and SiO2 Innovation Labs. The coating will kill the COVID-19 virus immediately upon contact with any surface.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

New research aims to create a surface coating that will kill COVID-19 on contact

Scientist in lab

New research is underway to develop a coating that will kill the COVID-19 virus immediately upon contact with any surface. The antiviral coating could be applied to all personal protective equipment and high-touch surfaces, greatly reducing the risk of community transmission of the virus.

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) within the University of Waterloo, is working in collaboration with SiO2 Innovation Labs on the research.

Friday, June 26, 2020

NSERC invests more than $1.49 million into Waterloo Science research

NSERC logo

As the Government of Canada focuses on responding to the challenges of COVID-19, it also recognizes the invaluable contributions of Canadian researchers in the natural sciences and engineering. That is why the Government continues to support the discovery research being done at Canadian universities to help build the foundation for innovation and economic growth. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

WIN member wins federal funding to develop rapid, portable test for COVID-19

virus under microscope

A WIN member has won $265,000 in federal backing to develop a palm-sized device capable of detecting COVID-19 infection within 30 minutes.

Carolyn Ren, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering and WIN Member, will lead the one-year project by a team that includes professors Emmanuel Ho (also a WIN member) of the School of Pharmacy at Waterloo and fellow WIN member and Keith Fowke of the University of Manitoba.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Nanofellowship winner awarded prestigious Vanier Scholarship

Christian Ieritano

Last week, this year's Vanier Scholarship award winners were announced. Among the prestigious group was 2019 and 2020 Nanofellowship winner Christian Ieritano, one of three winners from UWaterloo.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Alumnus company wins backing for COVID testing kit

A biotechnology company co-founded by a Waterloo Engineering alumnus has been awarded almost $300,000 in government funding to develop a portable diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Nicoya, a Kitchener-based provider of advanced analytical instruments for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, grew out of a Capstone Design project by nanotechnology engineering student Ryan Denomme (BASc ’10, MASc ’12).

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Waterloo student partners with engineering alumni on at-home COVID-19 test

Covid 19 virus image

Serapis Labs develops prototype for a testing kit that is simple enough for anyone to use

By Alana Rigby and Brian Caldwell University of Waterloo

Monica Hoang had no idea earlier this year that she’d be spending the last few months of her PhD working on the design of a COVID-19 testing kit.

The School of Pharmacy student moved back to her hometown when the University of Waterloo decided to go online for the spring term and planned to do her PhD defence digitally.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New AI technology will be used to improve contact tracing for COVID-19

Women on a phone wearing a mask

New AI algorithms that provide information about physical distancing, the isolation measures that a person who tested positive for COVID has taken, and testing results for individuals will be incorporated into a contact tracing app to better forecast the spread of COVID-19 and predict any further outbreaks of the virus.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Continuing social distancing for a few more months in Ontario and Quebec could save tens of thousands of lives

social distancing

Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Quebec should wait several more months before lifting social distancing restrictions, according to the findings of a new mathematical model developed by University of Waterloo researchers.

The new model, called Distancing-SEIRD, indicates that continuing social distancing at the current levels in Ontario and Quebec for six months (until mid-September), could save close to 100,000 lives.

The machine learning-enabled model was recently the subject of a study that is pending peer review.

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