UW-WIN-University of Bristol Collaboration in Nanotechnology

Bristol and Waterloo share similar objectives in the priority areas of nanotechnology and quantum information research with groups specializing in: nanophysics and soft matter; functional nanomaterials; bionanoscience, and biomedical nanotechnology; nano- and quantum-photonics; and quantum information.

In June 2015, WIN welcomed a delegation of 10 faculty and graduate students from Bristol for a workshop in nanotechnology and quantum information research, led by WIN member Professor Zoya Leonenko. Five research collaborations were identified in the areas of advanced materials, bionanomedicine, and drug & gene delivery systems. The second reciprocal WIN-Bristol workshop was held at the University of Bristol in June 2016, where in-depth discussions took place to further research collaboration, and a graduate-student symposium was held to showcase the research achievements of the students and to promote networking opportunities. This symposium was part of the Bristol-Waterloo Graduate Training Program, spear-headed by the Director of the College of Doctoral Training, Dr Terrence McMaster, and the Director of the Bristol Centre for Functional and Nanomaterials (BCFN), Dr Annela Seddon. In July 2016, the graduate training program continued at UW’s QNC, where a delegation of 15 faculty and graduate students from Bristol participated in cleanroom-operation demonstrations, laboratory tours and researcher-shadowing activities.

The workshops and student training events provided the basis for strong interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership between Bristol and Waterloo, and several faculty and student exchanges are planned within the coming academic year.

WIN-University of Cambridge Collaboration

The WIN-Cambridge Research Collaboration started in December 2012, when an agreement was signed documenting the mutual interest of both WIN and the University of Cambridge’s Electrical Engineering Division. Since this time the two sides have been committed to advancing research, entrepreneurship and innovation in Nanotechnology.

A workshop in Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy and Healthcare applications was held at the University of Cambridge in July 2016. A delegation of 10 WIN faculty, led by Dr Arthur Carty, met with leading Cambridge researchers in nanomaterials development for a 2-day event at the Cambridge for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE). The workshop was opened by Sir Mark Welland, and the WIN team was welcomed by Professors Arokia Nathan and William Milne from the Electrical Engineering Department at UC.

Each participant gave presentations on their current work, and areas of synergy and mutual strengths between the two institutions were identified. Potential collaborations between individual WIN members and Cambridge researchers were identified, and support for further interaction has been provided. A list of Canada-UK funding opportunities has been generated and distributed to each workshop participant to kick-start and advance joint research projects.

The list of participants and workshop agenda can be found here.

Milestones and Planned Events:

  • WIN-Cambridge Seminar Series with 2-3 seminars in each direction each year
  • Student and faculty exchanges to both institutions
  • Identify funding opportunities and support application submission
  • Secure philanthropic and industrial partnerships
  • Host the Second Reciprocal WIN-Cambridge workshop tentatively in Spring 2018 at UW

A group of researchers in the lab

A delegation of faculty and graduate students from the University of Bristol tour the QNC as part of the Bristol-Waterloo Workshop in Nanotechnology and Quantum Information Research in June 2015.