Research success stories

Diving deep into pollution

While pollution may feel like a contemporary issue, it has been around much longer than originally thought – possibly as much as 7,000 years.

Wadi Faynan.

Navigating arteries faster, easier, and safer

When thinking about the important features of a camera, most people think about the number of megapixels rather than how well it can see through blood.

two men smiling


Long history between CFI and Waterloo includes funding for Fire Research Facility

When firefighters enter an energy-efficient home during a fire, they’re prepared for a large surge of flame that can be caused by the burst of oxygen flowing in.

fire burning

Taking the guesswork out of motorsport racing

HH Timing uses machine learning to analyze data and provide recommendations to race teams in real time, when it matters the most.

A Dunlop Motorsport engineer uses HH Timing during the 6 Hours of Spa race in Belgium.


Waterloo technology creates the next evolution of keyboard and mouse

Palette is a game changer for those who interact with the digital world and photo editing.

Palette keyboard


Waterloo technology makes 3D printing simple and accessible

The Lanibox makes 3D printing as simple as uploading a file – just like printing a Word document.



New therapies for safer, more effective cancer treatment

Waterloo researchers explore unique therapies for cancer treatment, including a new family of drugs and mathematical models.

Professor Mohammad Kohandel and PhD candidate Moriah Jane Magcalas evaluate breast cancer cells received from Harvard University.


Contact lens research offers hope for myopic children

Specially designed contact lenses that slow the progression of myopia could help millions of people who suffer from nearsightedness.

A researcher at CCLR synthesizes new materials to create contact lenses that use nanotechnology to release drugs slowly into the eye.


Paving the way for a digital X-ray and healthcare revolution

Waterloo professor has patented an innovative technology that will transform the Canadian healthcare system.

Waterloo Professor Karim S. Karim (right) and PhD student Sina Ghanbarzadeh examine the electronics test board for Karim’s prototype X-ray imager while MASc student Saeedeh Ghaffari prepares the X-ray cabinet for imager characterization.


Toward a global index of wellbeing (GLOWING)

Waterloo professor investigates how to measure what makes life worthwhile on a global scale while in the midst of rapid change.

Kenya’s strong economic development creates a valuable research environment to pilot the Global Index of Wellbeing (GLOWING).


Nanotechnology makes plant care easier and more effective

LeafGenius, a revolutionary plant care solution employing nanotechnology, improves home gardening and helps plants grow bigger and stronger.



Improving mental health care by connecting police and community services

New Waterloo screening tool guides police officers through risk assessments and could make a big difference for police and people in need.

Police in cruiser


Taking the pain and risk out of allergy testing

A skin patch the size of a quarter could make allergy testing safer, faster, and pain-free.

Eric Blondeel and Moufeed Kaddoura


Biodegradable chip detects postsurgical complications

A new biochip could revolutionize the postsurgical-care market and save lives.



Waterloo researcher named Chair of Public Policy

The Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) has appointed a Waterloo researcher as the first Chair in Public Policy – one of only three EFC chairs in Canada.

Bruce Muirhead


A safer and greener future with fiber optic sensors

AOMS co-founders in lab


World’s first single-chip atomic force microscope

An engineering researcher received a medal for excellence in research leading to innovative developments in microsystems and related technologies.

Tiny microscope on top of a penny


Improving our understanding of world hunger

International policy is hard to change. When research, critiques, and discussions make contributions to policy dialogues, it’s a huge success.

Jennifer Clapp at market


Orthopedic surgeons using new innovation with great results

A select group of orthopedic surgeons, and their patients, are benefiting from a hip replacement technology developed by three Waterloo graduates.

Intellijoint Surgical founders in operating room


New technology will change water safety

Water safety is a major global concern, especially in developing countries where an estimated one billion people lack access to clean drinking water.

Houses on stilts in dirty water


Studying the impact of climate change from outer space

Waterloo researchers investigate how climate change is altering the amount of water resulting from melted snow and ice.

Researcher walking on snow covered land


Putting safety first

Waterloo researchers are helping manufacturers stay at the forefront of technologies to help reduce collisions, lower repair costs, and save lives.

Researcher and study participant in lab


Looking at vision across a lifetime

Why, and how, does our eyesight change over time? Researchers at Waterloo are studying various aspects of questions like this.

Susan Leat doing eye exam