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Monday, February 1, 2021

Fire testing laboratory helps advance novel nanocomposite material in the building and construction industry

Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Complex

You would rarely hear anyone say “game-changing” in the typically “conservative” construction industry. But thanks to the nanocomposite technology developed by Trusscore, this is precisely what is happening. They are working closely with Professor Beth Weckman who is a member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Disposable gloves can be used up to 20 times with the right disinfection method

Medical gloves

Single-use, medical-grade gloves could be safely reused up to 20 times when using certain disinfection methods – a welcome piece of news for frontline healthcare workers facing PPE shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a new study of six viral disinfection treatments on two commonly used types of disposable gloves worn for personal protection throughout the pandemic, researchers at the University of Waterloo found that alcohol, UV and heat treatment could be acceptable disinfection methods that allow the reuse of gloves up to 20 cycles.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Linda Nazar awarded the 2020 MRS Medal

Linda Nazar

The Materials Research Society (MRS) presented Waterloo chemist, and WIN member, Linda Nazar with the 2020 MRS Medal for “outstanding contributions to advanced materials design, synthesis and characterization for energy storage, particularly Li battery technologies.” 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

WIN member named fellow of Canadian engineering society

Karim Karim

A WIN member and electrical and computer engineering professor has been named a 2021 fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), the country’s longest-standing engineering society.

Monday, December 14, 2020

WIN Member speaks to CTV news about development of needle-free COVID-19 vaccine

Individual working in lab

As the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive and are administered in Ontario, researchers in Waterloo Region are trying to design a needle-free option.

The work is still in the pre-clinical stage and their efforts are highlighting the University of Waterloo's dedication to fighting the pandemic.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Turning a new artificial leaf

Professor Yimin Wu

When Yimin Wu set his sights on finding a solution that would impact both sustainable energy and climate change, he turned to nature for his inspiration.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Professor David Hawthorn’s lab uses x-rays to see waves of electrons in superconductors

a square magnet levitating over a black chunk of superconductive material sitting in a dish of liquid nitrogen

Although physicists understand the properties of metals, insulators and semiconductors extremely well, the basic physics of high-temperature superconductors has remained a great mystery for over 30 years.

Friday, November 20, 2020

How math is revolutionizing medicine

Professor Anita Layton

Clinical trials in medicine are slow, expensive, and most fail. Can mathematical models help us find life-saving drugs faster and more efficiently?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Zooming into the future of optics

Scope Photonics members (l-r) Zhenle Cao, Ishan Mishra, Holden Beggs, Alisha Bhanji and Fernando Pena pose for a group photo.

Five recent nanotechnology engineering graduates from the University of Waterloo have come a long way since they came together over a shared interest in optics and frustration with the poor quality of their smartphone photographs.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

WIN member wins national research award

Aiping Yu

Aiping Yu, a professor of chemical engineering, is one of six nation-wide recipients of 2020 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships for highly promising researchers. Her selection was announced today by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. A virtual awards ceremony is scheduled for this afternoon.

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