Where science meets the real world

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A group of Waterloo researchers are dedicated to studying a world so small you can’t even see it.

Photo of Arthur Carty

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) brings together faculty members from science, engineering, and mathematics to research matter measured in nanometres, a unit of measurement 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

With more than 55 members from across nine different departments, many WIN members are conducting research to develop new devices and systems that can be used in the real world.

Linda Nazar, a WIN member and chemistry professor, is looking for ways to improve energy storage in batteries for renewable power sources, such as solar, wind, and electric.

Linda is recognized as a leading authority for lithium ion storage and is changing the way people think about batteries,” says Arthur Carty, executive director of WIN. “There has never been a time in the last 50 years when energy storage has been so important, and Linda is making a major contribution in maximizing our ability to store energy.