Nanotechnology institute views research as borderless pursuit
An international network linking researchers, students and institutions enhances Waterloo's global reputation as a nanotechnology leader.
An international network linking researchers, students and institutions enhances Waterloo's global reputation as a nanotechnology leader.By Christian Aagaard Communications & Public Affairs
Researchers at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology work in a state-of-the-art building, but one reliable instrument they use is as old as cross-border travel.
Passports extend WIN’s each well beyond the walls of the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre on the main campus of the University of Waterloo.
“Internationalization is a big part of science,’’ says Dr. Arthur Carty, WIN’s executive director. “You have to be part of the scene if you want to be well-respected.’’
Nanotechnology explores the realm of the extraordinarily small, manipulating particles of atomic dimensions to design and engineer materials and devices with amazing properties. WIN’s relationships around the world include:
Besides the sponsoring institutions, agreements count on support from government and private-sector partners.
Exchanges expose collaborating researchers to new cultures and new ways of approaching challenges, Carty says.
“As part of (WIN’s) vision to be a global leader in nanotechnology and its applications, we have to establish our renown internationally,’’ Carty. “Part of that is by establishing collaborative relationships.’’