Nanotechnology (or “nanotech”) is the science and engineering of materials at sizes in the nanometre (one billionth of a metre) range.
Nanotechnology is creating many new materials and devices with a vast range of applications in electronics, biochemistry, medicine, energy production and other fields. Nanotechnology can be found in everything from smart phones to sunscreens made by companies like L’Oreal, 3M, Bayer and Intel.
Following investment by the province, Alberta is fast becoming the hub for Canada’s expanding nanotechnology industry.
Hands-on, industry-relevant skills
In this unique program, you’ll gain lab experience and clean room protocols through hands-on sessions in our specialized labs and at partner institutions at the University of Alberta and the Edmonton Research Park. You’ll become familiar with lithography (a technique used to make integrated circuits, or microelectromechanical devices), the synthesis of nanoparticles, the fabrication of devices such as Organic LEDs and solar cells, and lab-on-a-chip technology (where medical tests may be carried out on a hand-held device the size of a mobile phone).
Upon successful completion of the Nanotechnology Systems program, you’ll be able to:
- design and implement Quality Management Systems
- apply fundamental scientific understanding from a nano to a macro world
- collect and analyze data
- operate and maintain advanced process equipment
- adopt workplace ethical and safety practices
- demonstrate communication skills in an interdisciplinary environment
- demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills