Welcome to Materials Interface Foundry

Materials Interface Foundry Home LogoThe 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 advanced 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:

  • Advanced manufacturing for energy, climate, and environment
  • Machine intelligence for sensing and computing

Yimin A Wu Principal Investigator, Materials Interface FoundryRenowned 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 40 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

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We work closely with our industry and university partners in Canada and globally providing the most suitable solutions and advancing fundamental research in the field of materials interfaces.  If you are interested in sponsoring research please contact us directly.

 The Materials Interface Foundry currently partners with the following companies, government, and organizations    NSERC partner of Materials Interface FoundryNRC partner of Materials Interface FoundryMITACS partner of Materials Interface Foundryinnovation canada  OCE

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.

  1. Mar. 30, 2021New members join the MIF

    Welcome Vlad Paserin as a research associate and Jingyan Zhang as a visiting PhD student to join the group

  2. Feb. 15, 2021Dr. Yimin Wu gets grant from the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE)

    Dr. Yimin Wu recently got a grant from the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) on materials recycling and advanced manufacturing.

  3. Feb. 15, 2021Dr. Yimin Wu gets grant from Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change

    Dr. Yimin Wu gets a grant from Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. He will work as PI to develop artificial leaves for Canada carbon economy.

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