The Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research is an interdisciplinary
research organization with the mandate to develop, support and co-ordinate
all materials research-related activities at McMaster. The facilities of
the Institute and its pool of expertise are also available to industry and
organizations that require assistance with materials research and development
or material analysis.
CAPPA-D is involved in research, education and technology transfer in the
area of polymer processing and rheology. Projects involve formulation, conversion
and characterization of plastics, mathematical modeling of single and twin
screw extrusion, coextrusion, thermoforming, rotational molding, film blowing,
reactive extrusion, mixing and coating.
McMaster University has received a $1 million donation for an endowed chair
in masonry design. The research is to help make buildings better and safer.
The Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design will help ensure that
current and future undergraduate and graduate engineering students are taught
cutting-edge masonry design. It will also enable researchers to build on the
current body of knowledge for building codes and standards.
The Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is dedicated to reasearch
in optoelectronic and electronic devices. With 14 internationally recognized
full time faculty members, the Centre participates in three Ontario Centres
of Excellence and two Canada Centres of Excellence. Research projects include
molecular beam expitaxial deposition of semiconductor materials and structures
for optoelectronic applications, and various processing technologies necessary
for optoelectronic devices.
The vision of Centre for Research in Micro- and Nano-Systems (CRMNS) is “to create innovative micro- and nano-systems for environmental and health applications, by integrating devices and components from cutting-edge, seemingly dissimilar technologies, through world-class interdisciplinary research and technology development.” The centre will house an infrastructure facility in which materials, devices and components from dissimilar technologies can be combined to create fully integrated, miniaturized (e.g. pill-sized) and robust imaging and sensing Micro- and Nano-Systems (MNS) for targeted applications in health and environmental sciences.
Safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability are ever-increasing requirements of engineered products and services. Engineers and applied scientists serve as key advisors to policy makers in both the public and private sectors. They are involved in projects dealing with such challenging areas as water, energy and transportation.
GMC Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion
Through a partnership with General Motors of Canada Limited and as a part
of its Beacon Project, McMaster University has created the General
Motors of Canada Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion
(GMCCAMC). The Centre's research focuses on materials engineering
including themes like strip casting of sheet metal, light-weight
material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining
issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. The Centre
is also investigating opportunities for developing magnesium-based
components for lightweight fuel-efficient vehicles.
Performance, environmental sustainability, safety, and efficiency are continuously increasing as part of the requirements in the design of systems, software solutions, or industrial products. In addition, innovative designs and ability to improve performance of existing systems have become a basis for a competitive advantage in the markets. Successful transformation of an idea to a complete design requires abilities to lead teams and manage steps in the design and development process as well as innovation of new concepts and engineering skills.
The mission of the McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research is to produce
highly trained graduates, and world class pulp and paper science and technology.
Industry-funded consortia provide a framework for scientists with strengths
in colloid and surface science, polymer synthesis and characterization,
modelling and transport phenomena to work together on strategic problems.
World-class laboratory and pilot plant facilities support these research
Software is essential to more and more products. In many industries medical,
automotive, aerospace, nuclear power, military equipment, for example failure
of software to meet its requirements can be disastrous. Society is increasingly
demanding that software used in such critical systems must meet minimum
safety, security and reliability standards: that it be certified as fit
for use. The Centre for Software Certification was established at McMaster
University in 2008. Its objective is to improve the practice of software
engineering applied to critical systems involving software. Its research
is into what kinds of evidence, based on scientific notions of measurement,
can be obtained from software, and how different kinds of evidence may be
combined. This research is partly theoretical, but also practical: the Centre
works with industries involved in developing critical, software-intensive
systems on their practical problems.
MacAUTO is the newly established coordinating body for automotive research and education at McMaster University. The University’s numerous automotive-related research institutes and centres work with industry, government and academic partners in developing and commercializing new technologies and materials that will ensure the global competitiveness of Canada’s auto industry. MacAUTO is also educating a new generation of professionals ideally suited to understanding real-world issues and implementing innovative solutions.
Internally, MIES provides a forum for cooperation and interdisciplinary
interactions between McMaster faculty members in the energy area and acts
as a point of contact at McMaster for energy-related opportunities and to
communicate them to the McMaster community. It encourages and fosters
an interdisciplinary systems approach to the solution of energy problems
in order to establish a credible capability for the assessment and evaluation
of energy systems, thus providing authoritative advice to governments and
The MMRI facility is designed to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, biomedical and consumer goods industries, along with the manufacturing tooling, coatings-surface engineering, die and mold support industries. Special focus is placed on tool selection and development as well as process optimization for light weight material casting, machining, metal forming, polymer processing, heat treatment processes, robotics, automation and metrology/inspection.
The Steel Research Centre develops research leading to commercially relevant
new approaches to ironmaking, steelmaking process control, waste processing,
steel product design and metal forming technologies. It also trains highly
qualified personnel to provide the means of transferring new technology
to the steel industry and develops continuing education for steel industry
engineers to enhance the receptor capacity for innovation.
The objectives of XCEEI are to train a new generation of engineers and scientists how to recognize and develop new technologies and to take the technologies to market; practice industry proven commercialization processes within an academic environment; and to provide business development and network capabilities for private, public and individual enterprise project.