WIN-Université de Bordeaux Collaboration

The Université de Bordeaux (UB) is a key partner of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology in nanomaterials science and technology, and one of the top institutions in France in this area.  UB has been chosen as one of a privileged group of seven universities in France to receive funding of almost 1B € over 10 years from the French Government Program “Investissements d’Avenir” (Investing in the Future) for advanced materials R&D.  In March 2010, a Comprehensive Agreement was signed by UW and UB in 2010 specifically referencing Nanotechnology.

Since this time, three workshops were held in order to strengthen the WIN-UB collaboration in research and PhD training in areas of mutual strength for WIN and UB, resulting in an internationally competitive research partnership in nanotechnology and advanced materials.

Workshops

The first workshop was held in May 2010 at UW with over 50 participants from UB, UW and several representatives from local industries which catalysed many new relationships across the full spectrum of functional materials research, education and innovation.

May 2012 brought a delegation of WIN members to Bordeaux for the Second Reciprocal WIN-UB workshop, to capitalize on the momentum of the first workshop and bring the relationship to the next level of collaboration and training. WIN members who travelled to Bordeaux include Eric Prouzet, Hany Aziz, Jean Duhamel, Irene Goldthorpe, Frank Gu, Holger Kleinke, Michael Tam, Pavle Radovanovic, Raafat Mansour, Xiaosong Wang and Shawn Wettig, along with Executive Director Arthur Carty and Managing Director Alain Francq.

The third workshop in May 2014 brought UB researchers once again to Waterloo to showcase ISDFunMat students’ success and allow an opportunity to expand the UW-UB relationship to scientific fields other than Nanotechnology (ie: biotechnology, energy, water, aging and critical materials).  

Looking Ahead

A five-year roadmap to success was outlined for future steps for the UB-WIN partnership with four new areas of collaborations identified:

  1. Sustainable nanomaterials
  2. New inorganic materials for solar photovoltaics
  3. Next generation lighting technologies
  4. Biosensors and biodevices for the detection and diagnosis of diseases in the developing world

The recent workshop held at UW in May 2014 provided an excellent opportunity to expand the relationship between UB and UW in areas other than Nanotechnology. Theme-specific activities were held following the Nanotechnology/IDSFunMat Workshop, with parallel presentations given in the areas of Water, Energy, Aging, Biotechnology and Critical Materials with roundtable discussions to allow the benefits of an extended range and scope of research and education programs to reach both universities. 

International Doctoral School in Functional Materials (IDS-FunMat)

The partnership between WIN and the UB started in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus International Doctoral School in Functional Materials (IDS-FunMat).

Learn more about WIN partnership with University of Bordeaux and the IDS-FunMat.

Chronology of Events

Professors during workshop

Second reciprocal UB-WIN Strategic Research Workshop held in Université Bordeaux, France, May 2012
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Drs Laurent Servant and Feridun Hamdullahpur shook hands

Université Bordeaux Vice-President Laurent Servant and University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur during Waterloo-Bordeaux Joint Conference in May 2014
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