UW-WIN-University of Bristol Collaboration in Nanotechnology

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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, which is planned as an annual event. Along with both Drs McMaster and Seddon, a delegation of faculty and students from UoB visited UW for one week (May 29-June2, 2017) to participate in a mini-symposium in nanotechnology and materials-science research, and on the Memorandum of Understanding for Educational and Scientific Cooperation between University of Waterloo (Canada) and University of Bristol (UK) was signed at the University of Waterloo.

The main objective of the MOU is to allow opportunities to further explore possibilities for cooperation in training and research in Science and Engineering, highlighting the areas of nano- and quantum science and technology, as well as develop a strong joint-graduate student training and research program. The MOU was signed by Dr George Dixon (VP Research, UW), Prof Holger Kleinke (Executive Director, WIN) and Dr Terence McMaster (Director, Bristol Doctoral College).

More details on the Bristol-Waterloo partnership are avaliable on UW’s Daily Bulletin. (June 22 2017)

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

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Signing the MOU between WIN and the University of Bristol.