Joint Research

There are many collaborative research initiatives which are centered within (GWC)2. These activities provide the synergy needed to make significant advances in these fields and places our researchers at the front of internationally recognition.

Waterloo Advanced Technology Laboratory - WATLab

Scanning Electron MicroscopeWATLab offers a wide range of research opportunities previously not available.  Indeed, it represents one of very few such facilities in Canada with a full range of instrument capabilities for both materials characterization and fabrication. State-of-the-art instrument clusters have been established in three important areas, in order to empower users to design-and-build novel materials and prototype devices and to carry out full characterization of physical, chemical, electronic, and optical properties for a wide range of materials, including metals, semiconductors, oxides and composites, polymers, biotechnological materials, and other soft materials.


Electrochemical Technology Centre - ETC

Electrochemical ApparatusThe Electrochemical Technology Centre (ETC) is a state-of-the-art facility for the characterization and study of electrochemical processes, surfaces, and interfaces, on lengths scales from the macroscopic down to the atomic. The ETCS facilities are located in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph, and supports the research of 14 principal investigators from 5 departments in 4 Canadian universities; ongoing projects and research opportunities include work on environmental remediation, tethered biological systems on electrodes, sensor systems, fuel cell development, high-temperature/high-pressure electrochemical processes, and electrocatalytic processes.


The Institute for Polymer Research (IPR)

HorizonThe Institute for Polymer Research is a joint research facility regrouping faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  Interactions with the different research groups within the IPR provide the students with a multidisciplinary research environment and access to a broad range of expertise in polymer chemistry and engineering.  The IPR facilities provide access to polymer synthesis, characterization, and processing equipment located in either Department for their faculty members and their students.  This includes, among others, polymerization reactors for inert atmosphere and high-pressure work, chromatographic characterization equipment (size exclusion chromatography, gas chromatography) spectroscopy and scattering facilities (static and lifetime florescence measurements, NMR, static and dynamic light scattering), rheometers, thermal characterization, extrusion, and compounding equipment.

The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)

HorizonMaking its home in the new 225,000 gross sq ft Quantum/Nano building, WIN will be centred on the new tri-cluster laboratories in fabrication, metrology, and nano-biosystems. Through the support of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the new building will also house two large Fabrication and Characterization/Metrology Laboratories for common use. These cutting-edge facilities will expand Waterloo’s nanotechnology research capabilities profoundly.  The new infrastructure will enable researchers from both Faculties to work side-by-side. Another immediate effect will be an increased ability to work with the Institute for Quantum Computing to create the nano-scale devices behind the next information revolution.

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