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Materials and Nanosciences

Study the discovery, design, and use of materials, while gaining a fuller understanding of how small-scale nanoscience is making big leaps in materials technology and innovation. 

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Dive into the world of nanoparticles and learn about the properties of materials, such as superconductors, insulators, and biomaterials, and how they are designed and synthesized. Materials science is one of the oldest forms of applied science, with certain eras of time — such as the Stone, Bronze, and Iron ages — named after the material of major significance. With new technologies assisting scientists to see the world on a whole new level, materials science has become increasingly important and essential. Resource availability/scarcity poses one of the most pressing scientific problems that humans currently face — and breakthroughs in materials science will significantly impact the future of technology.

Think about graphene, a relatively new material, and how it is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel. Now, couple materials science with nanoscience, the study of matter on an extremely small scale (1-billionth of a meter, to be exact) and you open up a whole new realm of science to pursue. At the University of Waterloo, we have a specialized research lab dedicated to studying at the nanoscale — a state-of-the-art facility that controls even the most minor changes in vibration, temperature, and electromagnetic radiation — so that we can continue to be at the forefront of research and discovery.

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This major is available in the co-op and regular stream of study

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