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Nanotechnology and its applications are poised for explosive growth in the years ahead. The Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), with a new state-of-theart Quantum Nano Centre, a young and dynamic research faculty, and home to hundreds of Canada's best nanotechnology engineering students, is positioned to contribute to that growth as one of the foremost centers for nanoresearch and innovation in the world. From developments in advanced lithium-ion battery technologies, next-generation solar photovoltaic cells, and thermoelectric conversion materials to hybrid bionanocomposite materials and nanocatalysts, advances in fundamental understanding of materials design will lead to real-world applications. WIN anticipates major progress in organic electronic devices, large-area displays, and miniaturized CNTs or graphene-based X-ray sources. Single-electron and single-photon quantum devices enabled by nanotechnology will be fabricated and employed in quantum information processing. Handheld lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices with microfluidic flow in channels controlled by electric fields will become a reality for disease and pathogen diagnosis, replacing more bulky and expensive analytical instrumentation. Drugs encapsulated in nanoparticles delivering therapies directly to a cancerous tissue will be in clinical trials for early adoption, and new, innovative nanotools for imaging and measurement will be introduced. These are only a few of the exciting results researchers expect to see from the next ten years of research at WIN.

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Nanotechnology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 4 )

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Dec. 2010

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