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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.

WIN Member receives award from JDRF to develop a breakthrough in diabetes monitoring using microneedle technology

Article Written by Jordan Flemming, University Relations

Diabetes affects over five million Canadians and many more people around the world, necessitating constant monitoring of glucose and ketone levels — a process that has long been associated with pain and inconvenience. Imagine a future where monitoring diabetes and ketone levels is quick and comfortable.

It was a full house for the second Sustainable Future Perspectives event cohosted by the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) and the Department of Chemical Engineering. The collaborative event, titled “Recycling Battery Materials: Aiming for Net Zero” aimed to explore sustainable solutions to meet increasing energy demands and for the future of our planet.

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. Gypsum drywalls became mainstream in construction materials about 80 years ago, and it is now a massive sector.

Researchers have created a portable version of a tiny, powerfullaser device with potential applications in fields ranging from medical imaging to detecting hidden explosives.

In a project involving the University of Waterloo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), scientists developed a quantum cascade laser capable of operating at temperatures much higher than previously possible.