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Micro-Nano Systems

Our devices, tools, and solutions are getting smaller.

Micro and nano systems research focuses on the fabrication and integration of nanometer scale structures and devices.

Micro, nano, and molecular-scale systems are at the core of emerging technologies and solutions in health, digital and manufacturing sectors, such as in lab on chip diagnostics, micro-machining, additive manufacturing, solar energy capture, advanced nano-scale materials science and microlectricomechanical systems in razor thin devices.

With groups working on cutting edge nano-materials, microelectronics, microfluidics, and the fascinating effects of changing material properties at the atomic scale, McMaster Engineering is a world leader in the field, with some of the best researchers and institutes.


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Leyla Soleymani

Leyla Soleymani

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

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Dr. Emily Cranston

Adjunct Professor

Sustainable nanocomposites; Surface forces and interfacial engineering; biopolymers and thin films (primarily focused on nanocellulose materials)


Dr. Charles de Lannoy

Assistant Professor

Functional surfaces and thin films, polymer nanocomposite materials, active membranes for desalination, water and wastewater treatment, fouling, membranes for gas separation, CO2 capture, nanosorbents


Dr. Drew Higgins

Assistant Professor

Electrochemistry; Catalysis; Nanomaterials; Energy Conversion and Storage; Sustainable Energy Technologies; Fuel Cells; Solar Fuels; Artificial Photosynthesis.


Dr. Todd Hoare

Associate Professor

nanotechnology, interfacial engineering, biomaterials engineering, polymer science, pharmaceutical science


Dr. Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Assistant Professor

Bacteriophage Biotechnology, Bacterial Biofilms, Phage Antimicrobials, Targeted Antimicrobial Delivery, Biohybrid Systems

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Dr. David Latulippe

Associate Professor

separation processes for water/wastewater treatment, biopartitioning and purification, microscale processing for high-throughput studies,unit operation modeling and optimization

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Dr. Robert Pelton


polymer colloids, water soluble polymers, interfacial engineering, flocculation, adhesion, cellulose, and pulp and paper technology

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Dr. Heather Sheardown


biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes, ophthalmic drug delivery.


Dr. Li Xi

Assistant Professor

computing in chemical engineering; polymers; fluid mechanics; rheology; molecular simulation; computational fluid dynamics; process modeling

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Dr. Boyang Zhang

Assistant Professor

Tissue engineering, biomaterials engineering, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip engineering, advanced biofabrication, regenerative medicine, high-throughput drug screening

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Dr. Shiping Zhu

Distinguished University Professor

Polymer reaction engineering and materials, polymer synthesis and characterization, polymerization modeling, digitalization of polymerization processes, precision production of polymers, industrial big data, process trouble shooting, smart polymers, polymer biomaterials, polymer microelectronics, surface modification and interfacial engineering

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March 7, 2019 /  Department News

International Women's Day: Zeinab Hosseini-Doust and Azucena González Gómez

This year, McMaster Engineering is celebrating International Women's Day by honouring nine women who are supporting each other through mentoring relationships.

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March 4, 2019 /  Department News

15 questions with Heather Sheardown

Chemical Engineering professor Heather Sheardown, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers (AIMBE), answers 15 questions in this rapid-fire interview.

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

November 26, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: Li Xi

In 2013, Li Xi landed his dream job as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster. In his Fresh Faces spotlight he discusses his upbringing in Suzhou, China, the rewards of connecting with students and decoding experiments on polymer materials. 

Fresh Faces: André Phillion

November 6, 2018 /  Department News

Fresh Faces: André Phillion

Welcome to Fresh Faces. In this series, we’re highlighting over 40 engineering faculty members, all hired in the last five years, who are doing interesting and innovative things in the lab and the classroom.

Researchers design “smart” surfaces, creating promise for safer implants and more accurate diagnostic tests

October 24, 2018 /  Department News

Researchers design “smart” surfaces, creating promise for safer implants and more accurate diagnostic tests

Researchers at McMaster University have solved a vexing problem by engineering surface coatings that can repel everything, such as bacteria, viruses and living cells, but can be modified to permit beneficial exceptions.

McMaster engineering professor named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

September 13, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster engineering professor named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Gianluigi Botton, an engineering professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Making water testing more affordable

January 23, 2018 /  Department News

Making water testing more affordable

Ravi Selvaganapathy's sensors will be useful to others outside of First Nations communities: hydrologists who need a way to monitor rivers, watersheds and reservoirs, for example, or mining companies that want to monitor the integrity of their tailing ponds.

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

August 15, 2017 /  Department News

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

Six McMaster researchers have been awarded more than $1.9 million combined for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

#InsidetheLab: New ideas sprout from nanotechnology

June 28, 2017 /  Department News

#InsidetheLab: New ideas sprout from nanotechnology

Can innovations in nanotechnology improve plant growth for crop-based farming?