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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. Gianluigi Botton

Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

nanostructures; energy materials; battery materials; fuel cells; light-emitting diodes; plasmonics; oxides electronics; corrosion; structure of alloys

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Dr. Jamal Deen

Distinguished University Professor

Micro-/Nano-/Opto-Electronics, Nanotechnology and Data Analytics for Health and Environmental Applications, Bioimagers, Biosensor

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Dr. Tohid Didar

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Biomedical devices; Bio-sensing; Microfluidics; Bio-functional Interfaces, Bio-hybrid micro/nano-robots

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Prof. Qiyin Fang

Associate Member

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

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Dr. Kathryn Grandfield

Associate Professor

biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Zeinab Hosseini-Doust

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Matiar Howlader

Associate Member

Nano-bonding of materials, devices, and components from emerging technology of microelectronics, photonics, micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS), bio-MEMS, bio-MOEMS and microfluidics for miniaturized and robust micro- and nano-system for health and environmental applications

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Dr. Zahra Motamed

Associate Member

Medical devices, Medical imaging; Diagnostic, Intervention-predictive and intervention-optimization tools

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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Dean of Engineering
Faculty of Engineering

Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Engineering Physics

Transport Phenomena; Heat Transfer, Energy Storage; Fluid Mechanics; Self Assembly & Nanostructure Synthesis; Combustion & Pollutant Airborne Emissions; Mathematical Biology; Bioinspired Computational Biology

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Dr. Kyla Sask

Associate Member

biomaterials; surface modification; protein and cell interactions; blood contacting medical devices; polymers

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Dr. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy

Acting Co-Director (Engineering)

Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; Biomaterials; Artificial Organs

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Dr. Heather Sheardown

Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Leyla Soleymani

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices
Department of Engineering Physics

biosensing, point-of-care diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, DNA detection, health monitoring, nanofabrication, wrinkling, rapid prototyping

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Dr. Chang-qing Xu

Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

bacterial sensors; biomedical lasers for diagnosis and treatment; periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN); PPLN related devices; lasers (solid, fibre, semiconductor); optical sensors and sub-systems; laser applications

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Associate Member

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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McMaster researchers make new microscopic discovery in human bone

October 14, 2020 /  Department News

McMaster researchers make new microscopic discovery in human bone

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.

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?