Welcome to Materials Interface Foundry

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The Materials Interface Foundry (MIF) is a lab in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department, at the University of Waterloo. MIF focuses on research, design, and sustainable manufacturing of novel materials interfaces for energy, climate, and electronics.
MIF is most well-known for its groundbreaking work creating the first 'artificial leaf' that turns carbon into fuel which converts harmful carbon dioxide into useful alternative fuel. 

MIF is interested in partnering with companies for the following research:

  • Sustainable manufacturing for energy, climate, and environment
  • Machine intelligence for sensing and computing
Yimin A Wu Principal Investigator, Materials Interface Foundry

Renowned researcher, award-winning, patent-holding, scientist, and professor, Yimin A. Wu is the Principal Investigator and leader of the lab. Professor Wu’s research focuses on the design of new energy materials for solar fuels and batteries, and novel electronic, photonic, responsive materials for flexible electronics and soft robotics, and energy-efficient neuromorphic computing through a deep understanding of energy transduction processes at interfaces. Wu has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, which include Nature, Nature Energy (x2), Nature communications. Wu is also listed as an inventor on one US/international patent. Wu has delivered over 20 invited lectures across the world in the last five years. Read more about Yimin A. Wu

 The Materials Interface Foundry currently partners with the following companies, government, and organizations:

NSERC partner of Materials Interface Foundry

 

NRC partner of Materials Interface Foundry

 

MITACS partner of Materials Interface Foundry
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Partnership MIF

 

These examples are only several of our projects. There are many more types of opportunities and research. If you'd like to discuss partnering or sponsoring a research project in Materials Interface or would like more details please navigate to the Contact Us page to contact us directly.

News

Congratulations to Tao Guo, Lei Wang, Youchao Teng were awarded prestigious Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) nanofellowships in 2022

“The Nanofellowships are awarded to top graduate students pursuing nanotechnology research at the University of Waterloo. These prestigious fellowships valued at $10,000 each are awarded to new graduate applicants and current MSc and PhD students at the University of Waterloo. The Nanofellowships supplement the research support provided by the supervising faculty member. Nanofellowships can be held simultaneously with other graduate awards subject to the requirements of other scholarships or awards.” Quote from the website of WATERLOO INSTITUTE FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY