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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. 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

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Dr. Drew Higgins

Assistant Professor

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

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor

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

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Dr. Zeinab Hosseinidoust

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

Professor

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

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Dr. Heather Sheardown

Professor

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

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Dr. Li Xi

Associate 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

Professor Emeritus

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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NSERC awards 14 McMaster Engineering researchers

June 28, 2021 /  Department News

NSERC awards 14 McMaster Engineering researchers

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has awarded 11 McMaster Engineering researchers through its Discovery research program, and three others have been awarded funding through the Research Tools and Instruments grants program (RTI) and Joint Canada-Germany Projects

Kathryn Grandfield wins prestigious Human Frontier Science Program grant

May 19, 2021 /  Department News

Kathryn Grandfield wins prestigious Human Frontier Science Program grant

Kathryn Grandfield, associate professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering, has received a prestigious grant worth more than $1.3 million for research that could lead to better understanding of — and treatments for — illnesses related to bone density.

Nasal spray delivers antipsychotic drugs straight to the brain, cutting required dose by up to 75 per cent and reducing adverse side effects

January 15, 2021 /  Department News

Nasal spray delivers antipsychotic drugs straight to the brain, cutting required dose by up to 75 per cent and reducing adverse side effects

A team of neuroscientists and engineers at McMaster University has created a nasal spray to deliver antipsychotic medication directly to the brain instead of having it pass through the body. This work is co-led by Todd Hoare, a Canada Research Chair and professor of chemical engineering.

Microscopic bone discovery holds promise for implants and bone diseases

October 14, 2020 /  Department News

Microscopic bone discovery holds promise for implants and bone diseases

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at McMaster University have discovered a structural feature of human bone that has never been studied before under a microscope, bringing scientists closer to advancing bone implants and treatments for bone diseases.

Drew Higgins recognized for outstanding contributions to nanotechnology research

September 30, 2020 /  Department News

Drew Higgins recognized for outstanding contributions to nanotechnology research

Drew Higgins, an assistant professor in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University, has received the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Rising Star Award 2020.

Making surfaces repellent to bacteria and viruses with Repel Wrap

August 12, 2020 /  Department News

Making surfaces repellent to bacteria and viruses with Repel Wrap

In Episode 3 of the Big Ideas for a Changing World podcast, Leyla Soleymani and Tohid Didar share the latest on their bacteria and virus repellent plastic wrap and its potential use during the pandemic.

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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?