2024 WIN Summer School on Sustainable Nanotechnology

WIN is pleased to host a Summer School on Sustainable Nanotechnology at UWaterloo on June 19 – 21, 2024.

This Summer School is open to Undergraduate Students in STEM across Canada .

The WIN Summer School will offer lab and facilities tours in the QNC, and in-class lectures by WIN members, senior PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

Open to undergraduate students across Canada in STEM!

Sustainable Development Goals

Topic areas:

  • Smart & Functional Materials
  • Connected Devices
  • Next Generation Energy Systems
  • Therapeutics & Theranostics

The WIN Summer School curriculum will be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more about last year's summer school: https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-nanotechnology/news/wins-inaugural-summer-school-attracted-outstanding-students

Summer School Details
Dates June 19 – 21, 2024
Application Due Date April 28, 2024

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)

University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Notification of Acceptance April 2024
Application requirements

Canadian Ungeraduate Student in STEM

  • Completed their first year of undergraduate studies
Application Details

Please fill out the Application form and include: 

  • CV
  • 1-page Research Statement
Other Details

Successful candidates will be provided:

  • On-campus housing free of cost
  • All meals 
  • An honorarium of $500 to cover full/partial travel costs

Important Dates: 

Check-in Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Summer School Lectures & Workshop: Wednesday, June 19 – Friday, June 21, 2024

Closing Reception & Certificate Distribution: Friday, June 21, 2024

Check-out Date: Friday, June 21, 2024

You will learn about research from these WIN Members and their research teams:

Dayan Ban

Dayan Ban, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor Dayan Ban was one of the leading researchers who developed and prototyped the first wafer-fused infrared optical up-converter and the first pixelless infrared optical up-conversion imaging device. He also pioneered the research in scanning probe microscopy and invented scanning differential spreading resistance microscopy technique.

Mohammad Kohandel

Mohammad Kohandel, Applied Mathematics

Professor Mohammad Kohandel is a Professor and head of the Mathematical Medicine Laboratory at the Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo, and a founding member of the Centre for Mathematical Medicine at the Fields Institute. He has established very fruitful collaborations with leading scientists and clinicians and has co-organized numerous international workshops and conferences.

Xianguo Li

Xianguo Li, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Xianguo Li is a Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Professor at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Li's main research interests and activities are in the area of thermal fluid/science, including energy systems and energy storage, various energy conversion devices, propulsion and power generation systems, aerosol generation and applications, and transportation fuel cell and battery systems. These research projects involve thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic stability, multiphase flow, heat and mass transfer, liquid atomization and sprays, combustion, power generation and propulsion systems.

Kevin Musselman

Kevin Musselman, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Professor Kevin Musselman performed his doctoral studies in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge with Professor Judith Driscoll. In 2010, Musselman was appointed the Hertha Ayrton Junior Research Fellow in Science at Girton College, Cambridge University. 

Musselman joined the University of Waterloo in 2015, where his research focuses on the development of functional nanomaterials for a variety of devices and applications, including photovoltaic solar cells, LEDs, high-frequency diodes, resistive memory, cancer theranostics, and novel sensors.

Michael Pope

Michael Pope, Chemincal Engineering 

Professor Michael Pope joined the UWaterloo in 2014 from Vorbeck Materials Corporation where he worked on the development of graphene-based products for improved Li-S batteries, high strength polymer fibers, and conductive inks. During his PhD work at Princeton University he became an expert on the production and processing of functionalized graphene generated via the graphite oxide route. He has developed an electrochemical system based on large-area graphene monolayers to investigate charging mechanisms in supercapacitors and batteries, apparent electrocatalytic effects in porous electrode systems and has developed several solution-based approaches to build improved graphene-based nanocomposites from a bottom-up perspective.

mahla poudineh

Mahla PoudinehElectrical and Computer Engineering

Mahla Poudineh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Electrical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (with a minor in Biomedical Engineering) from the University of Toronto in 2016. Prior to joining UWaterloo, Mahla completed postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto, Department of Pharmaceutical Science and Stanford University, School of Medicine in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Her research interests include developing bio-sensing approaches for therapeutics and diagnostics purposes and translating biomedical devices to the clinic.

Leonardo Simon

Leonardo Simon, Chemical Engineering 

Professor Leonardo Simon’s research in nanotechnology is to create new properties in polymer based materials. Specifically, he is working with polymer nanocomposites; materials that have morphology controlled at the nanoscale.

german sciaini

Germán Sciaini, Chemistry 

Professor Germán Sciaini is a world expert in the field of ultrafast structural dynamics. He received his degree of Licentiate in Chemistry and PhD with distinction from the University of Buenos in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and later on as a Group Leader at the Max Planck for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Sciaini has been developing state-of-art instrumentation for the study of dynamical phenomena with prerequisite spatial (10-10 m) and temporal (10-13 s) resolutions to capture atoms in motion.

rodney smith

Rodney Smith, Chemistry 

Research interests: inorganic materials, electrocatalysis, reaction dynamics, reaction kinetics, energy storage

Professor Michael Tam headshot.

Michael TamProfessor, Chemical Engineering; University Research Chair

My research focuses on the development of functional sustainable nanomaterials (SN) (cellulose nanocrystals, nano-starch, etc) for various advanced engineering applications. Additionally, nano-hybrids consisting of SN and well-defined block copolymers and responsive microgels are produced and utilized as smart delivery vehicles and separation media for agriculture and biomedical systems. My group seeks to advance the application of carbon neutral nanomaterials that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, such as CO2. For full biography, click here.

Boxin Zhao

Boxin Zhao, Chemical Engineering

Professor  Boxin Zhao is a professor in chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in 2004, worked as a postdoc at UCSB in 2005-2008.  Since joining the University of Waterloo in 2008, Professor Zhao has established and directed the Laboratory of Surface Science and Bionanomaterials. The current research interests of his group are in the areas of smart polymers, bionanomaterials, soft materials, surface science, biomimetic adhesion and robotic devices, 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, etc.