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Professor Boxin Zhao is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Professional Engineering Association (OPEA) Research and Development Engineering Medal. Administered by OPEA, the Research and Development Engineering Medal is awarded to individuals who have advanced engineering knowledge and have developed useful and novel applications. Zhao certainly fits the bill. Zhao's research is at the frontier of surface science and engineering. His work focuses on innovative soft matter engineering and bionanomaterials research aimed at advancing sustainable manufacturing. This includes the development of smart polymers, advanced adhesives, and coating materials.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Healing eyes with contact lenses

Article courtesy of Media Relations

A cross-disciplinary University of Waterloo team has developed a new contact lens material that could act as a bandage for corneal wounds while releasing drugs in a controlled manner to help the eye heal faster.

Free Electron Laser facility at Waterloo gets $10M funding boost

Article courtesy of the Faculty of Science

The Government of Canada announced that the University of Waterloo Canadian Free Electron Laser project will be getting $10 million in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to put towards the $50+ million facility to be built on the Waterloo Campus. 

Article courtesy of the Faculty of Engineering

In the quest to reach zero emissions by 2050, Waterloo engineering researcher Dr. Xianguo Li and Dr. Samaneh Shahgaldi from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) are working with industry partners to develop more efficient, durable, cost-effective fuel cells. 

Waterloo Engineering alum CT Murphy (BASc ’23) recently launched CELLECT to improve women’s access to cervical cancer and HPV screening. CELLECT's innovative technology uses nanomaterials in menstrual products to diagnose HPV and cervical cancer using menstrual blood, potentially eliminating the need for Pap smears.

Article courtesy of Faculty of Engineering

CT Murphy was also featured by CBC

On 18th January 2024, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Technical University of Liberec (TUL) in the Czech Republic and University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) through the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN).