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WIN COVID-19 Research Projects

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) researchers are tackling COVID-19 and the public needs through its innovative and groundbreaking research ranging from new nanostructured antibacterial coatings for surfaces and protective gear, sensors for rapid detection and imaging, and battery technology to efficiently power medical devices. In near future, they are changing some of their research directions in response to COVID-19, which includes performing simulations to understand virus structure for therapeutics and vaccine discovery. WIN researchers are also teaming up with local companies to respond to COVID-19 pandemic; one research direction is developing fast point-of-care tests of COVID-19 virus in patient’s bodily fluids, while another is for patient monitoring using wearable medical IoT devices. These projects are being rapidly developed with expectation of a number of grant applications to NSERC Alliance and Mitacs COVID-19 fast track programs.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC called out to Canada’s talented researchers with their COVID-19 Research Competition to address the global crisis with a total envelope of $15M in funding. WIN members were recipients of eleven of these awards totaling over half a million dollars.

WIN Member


Project Title


Marc Aucion


COVID-19: Inactivation of human coronaviruses in aqueous solutions using UV-C

Advancement of knowledge; Life sciences (including biotechnology)

Dayan Ban


A remote, high-throughput temperature monitoring system for COVID-19 screening

Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Health, education and social services

Scott Hopkins


Ultraviolet Photodissociation (UVPD) Spectroscopy of DMS-selected COVID-19 peptide residues

Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Human pharmaceuticals

Juewen Liu


Development of localized surface plasmon resonance biosensor for COVID-19 antibodies in blood

Human health (including medically-related psychological research);

Sushanta Mitra


Characterization of nano-bubble enabled disinfection system for COVID-19

Engineering; Manufacturing processes and products

Sushanta Mitra


Testing of antiviral coatings for COVID-19

Engineering; Human health (including medically-related psychological research)

Kevin Musselman


Development of COVID-19 antiviral coatings for N95 respirators

Medical equipment and apparatus; Manufacturing processes and products

Michael Pope


COVID-19: Indoor light-activated, self-cleaning surfaces for continuous decontamination of transparent PPE

Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Materials performance

Mahla Poudineh


Purification of SARS-CoV-2 Virus-Like Particles (VLPs) Using a Microfluidic Technique for Downstream COVID-19 Vaccine Production

Biomedical engineering; Human pharmaceuticals

Michael Tam


COVID-19: Development of Sustainable and Compostable Face Masks for Enhanced Protection Against COVID-19 Virus Particles

Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Fibres and textiles

Mustafa Yavuz


Real-time COVID-19 detection in wastewater from long-term care homes

Human health (including medically-related psychological research); Water