WIN Summer School on Sustainable Nanotechnology

WIN is pleased to host a Summer School on “Sustainable Nanotechnology” at UW on June 19 – 21, 2023.

Targeting final-year undergraduate students in Engineering and Science across Canadian universities the Summer School offers lab and facilities tours in the QNC, in-class lectures by WIN faculty, and a student “hackathon” with individual team presentations on the final day of the program.

This Summer School will allow these undergraduate students a unique opportunity to interact with our WIN members, who may be interested in joining the UW community as graduate students and compete for the Annual Nanofellowship Competition.

Open to undergraduate students across Canada who will be enrolled in their 4th year for Fall 2023!

Topic areas:Sustainable Development Goals | United Nations

  • Nanomaterials
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Global Impact of Nanotechnology

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

Summer School Details
Dates June 19 – 21, 2023
Application Due Date March 31, 2023

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)

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

Notification of Acceptance April 14, 2023
Application requirments
  • Currently in 3rd year of studies, will be starting 4th year in Fall of 2023
  • Must intend to pursue a graduate program starting in Fall 2024
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

Summer School Schedule

Day Topic & Activities *                                                                                                    

DAY 1:

Monday, June 19, 2023


  • Orientation 
  • Lectures
  • Lab Tours
  • Hackathon Work time

Day 2:

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Sustainable Energy

  • Lectures
  • Lab Tours
  • Hackathon Work time

Day 3:

Wednesday June 21, 2023

Global Impact of Nanotechnology 

  • Lectures
  • Hackathon
  • Closing Reception

*Topics are subject to change

Full list of Lecturers:

Dayan Ban

Dayan Ban, Professor and Associate Director, Nanotechnology 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.


Boxin ZhaoBoxin Zhao, Professor, 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.


Xianguo LiXianguo Li, Professor, 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.



XiaoYu Wu

XiaoYu Wu, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Professor XiaoYu Wu’s research group, Greener Production @ Waterloo combines expertise in thermal science, material engineering and techno-economics to develop sustainable technologies for energy conversion and chemical production. Both experimental and numerical methods will be applied to develop a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics in the processes.  These findings will accelerate the material development and process optimization and facilitate the commercialization of these technologies. The goal is to utilize renewable resources and improve global living standards.


Kevin MusselmanKevin Musselman, Assistant Professor, 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.



Aiping YuAiping Yu, University Research Chair & Professor, Chemical Engineering

Professor Aiping Yu is an expert in carbon nanotubes and graphene, enabling her to design the proper porosity and polarity of nanomaterials for the highest energy storage supercapacitor and ultra-strong nanocomposites.

Yu is the Director of the Carbon Nanomaterials Laboratory for Renewable Energy and Multi-functional Composites. The research goal is to develop light weight, high energy density and long cycle life hybrid supercapacitors which combine the advantages of battery and supercapacitors for automobile and electronic devices.



Steven Young,Steven Young, Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise Development

Steven B. Young is an industrial ecologist and associate professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise Development, University of Waterloo, Canada where he teaches in environment, business and sustainable development. His research interests include: corporate social responsibility; life-cycle assessment; responsible sourcing; sustainability standards and management systems; auditing, assurance and certification; sustainable materials, conflict minerals and critical raw materials. Professor Young is a professional engineer with degrees from University of Alberta and University of Toronto. He participates in industry and civil activities on responsible sourcing, and publishes in scholarly, industry and popular outlets.




Prof. Anindya Sen Anindya SenProfessor, Economics

Anindya Sen is a professor at the Department of Economics where he has taught since 1998 and is the current director of Master of the Public Service program. He was the Associate Chair (Graduate Studies) for Economics before his directorship of the program. Prior to working at the university, Professor Sen was an Economist at the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada.



Vassili KaranassiosVassili Karanassios, Professor, Chemistry

Vassili Karanassios is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and a co-founder of a degree program in nanotechnology engineering at the same University.  Professor Karanassios received his PhD from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at McGill University (Montreal, Canada).  In 2009, he held a Leverhulme award in the UK where he was a visiting Professor in Chemistry (Sheffield University), an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College (Cambridge University, UK), and a visiting Professor of Engineering (Cambridge University, UK) in the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE).

Komal HabibKomal HabibAssistant Professor, School of Environment Enterprise and Development

Komal studied resource dependency of clean energy technologies such as wind turbines and electric vehicles under current and future framework conditions, where her primary focus has been on critical resources such as rare earth elements. Her research work comprised resource criticality assessment in technology perspective, mapping the flows and stocks of critical resources, and evaluating the processing efficiencies of waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment facilities. Her current research interests include: resource and waste management, material and energy flow analysis from micro- to macro-scale and exploring resource dependency of future clean energy systems.