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Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT)


Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is an organization that facilitates study of the optical, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promotes the development of technology based on these materials. 

Founded in 1987, CEDT was originally named Centre for Electrophotonic Materials and Devices. In 2005, the name of the Centre was changed to CEDT to better reflect the diversified range of research topics in which group members have become increasingly involved.

Today, the Centre is made up of faculty members and graduate students from the various departments under both Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sciences:

  • Engineering Physics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry & Chemical Biology
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Geography & Earth Sciences

Two full-time staff operate and maintain equipment for material growth, analysis, and processing, located in four laboratory facilities. We develop lasers, MEMS, detectors, waveguide devices, and much more. Industrial collaborations take place frequently and new initiatives are always welcome.



As an organization, the CEDT amounts to a collective of people and pooled resources. Faculty from various departments who have an interest in the resources operated by the CEDT pay on a fee for service basis to use CEDT equipment facilities. As members associated with the CEDT, the faculty and their students are granted access to the CEDT's analytical equipment, and pay special rates for the use of processing and growth facilities. 

The CEDT operates as a collective of shared resources. The people that keep the Centre running include faculty from a number of universities, their students and research associates, full-time CEDT technical staff, as well as industrial collaborators.

CEDT Research Staff


The Centre’s focus has been on photonics and optical materials & devices, however, the approaches and applications are extremely diverse. Further, the research interests span a diverse area. Our centre welcomes faculty members from various other universities and companies to associate with our Centre for research projects.

The CEDT has experienced a rapid growth in its major university users over the past four years, from 29 - 59. The growth has largely been due to the seven newly hired faculty members. The presence of the CEDT was a strong incentive in the hiring of these new faculty since their research programs rely heavily on the materials growth, device processing and characterizations facilities in the CEDT, which would be difficult to replicate in another Canadian University.


The CEDT operates and manages facilities and equipment for materials engineering, procoessing, and analysis.

Rate Structure: Fees are for Canadian University Users. 

Materials Growth




Cleanroom Bookings

For all inquiries regarding cleanroom and implanter bookings, please contact Doris Stevanoic.

Equipment Bookings

For all other equipment booking requests and inquiries, please contact Shahram Tavakoli.

Other Inquiries

For general inquiries please contact Sarah Anstett.