About Nanotechnology Engineering

Nanotechnology student in a lab.

24 months of cooperative work experience prepares students for the jobs involving advanced materials, fabrication, and nanobiosystems.

Waterloo’s Nanotechnology Engineering degree program – unique in North America – is offered collaboratively by the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, and the Chemistry department in the Faculty of Science. It graduates nanotechnology professionals with hands-on materials science, clean-room fabrication, and nanotools experience. Nanotechnology engineers are at the forefront of research and development related to a cluster of technologies that harnesses the unique properties and functions of nanoscale systems.

Four main theme areas are gradually developed as students progress through a carefully designed curriculum, taught by accomplished faculty members with multifaceted nanotechnology expertise, augmented by extensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and linked to the workplace via the world’s greatest co-operative education program.

The four areas of concentration are:


The Nanotechnology Engineering program prepares students to be technological innovators and the next generation of leaders in the new frontier of nanotechnology. Explore these pages to learn more about the program's people and curriculum. Also, visit the undergraduate programs pages for interesting and useful information about the University of Waterloo.