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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. Christopher Anand

Associate Professor
Department of Computing and Software

Associate Professor
School of Computational Science and Engineering

Associate Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Acting Scientific Director, Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions, Structural Materials (Concrete, Metallurgical Alloys), Nanofabrication

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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. Jonathan Bradley

Assistant Professor and Barber-Gennum Chair in IT
Department of Engineering Physics

silicon photonics, integrated optics, lasers, photonic materials, optical communications, sensors, microphotonic systems

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Dr. Charles de Lannoy

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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. Jamal Deen

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Distinguished University Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Member
Department of Engineering Physics

Associate Member
Department of Computing and Software

Micro-/Nano-/Opto-Electronics, Nanotechnology and Data Analyics 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

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics
Department of Engineering Physics

Associate Member
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Member
School of Interdisciplinary Science

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
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

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

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Dr. Drew Higgins

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Associate Chair (Graduate)
Department of Chemical Engineering

Associate 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

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

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. Rafael Kleiman

Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

Director, Laboratory for Advanced Photovoltaic Research
McMaster University

solar energy: photovoltaics and solar thermal, concentrator photovoltaics, solar testing and instrumentation, solar materials; silicon, III-V, hyperspectral imaging, device modelling, advanced light trapping, device fabrication

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Dr. Andy Knights

Director, CEDT
Department of Engineering Physics

Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

silicon optical circuits; silicon integrated optics

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Dr. Ray LaPierre

Department Chair
Department of Engineering Physics

Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

solar cells (photovoltaics), photodetectors, quantum information processing (quantum computers)

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Dr. David Latulippe

Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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. Ryan Lewis

Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

Self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, III-V semiconductors, III-V on Si, optoelectronic materials and devices

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Dr. Peter Mascher

Vice-Provost, International Affairs
McMaster University

Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

William Sinclair Chair in Optoelectronics
Department of Engineering Physics

Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; Point Defects in Materials; Thin Film Technology; Silicon Nanostructures; Silicon Photonics; Luminescence; Rare Earth Doping; PECVD; Optical Characterization; Ellipsometry

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Dr. Moein Mehrtash

Assistant Professor
W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology; Mechatronics

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Dr. Matthew Minnick

Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

MEMS; Robotics; Micromachining; Resonance; Fluid-Structure Interactions; FEM; Automation

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Dr. Marek Niewczas

Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Dr. Dave Novog

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair
Department of Engineering Physics

nuclear safety, reactor physics, thermalhydraulics, multiphysics reactor analysis, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, severe accident modelling, emergency accident response and mitigation

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Dr. Robert Pelton

Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Andre Phillion

Associate Professor, Associate Chair - Undergraduate
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Solidification of Engineering metals; Mathematical modelling of materials and Processes; X-ray tomographic imaging; 4D materials science

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Dr. John Preston

Associate Dean, Research and External Relations

Pulsed Laser Deposition, Self-Assembly of Epitaxial Nanostructures, Photovoltaics

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Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Dean of Engineering

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. Oleg Rubel

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

solar cells; lasers; LEDs

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Dr. Kyla Sask

Assistant Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Member
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

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

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Dr. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor
McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering

Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; 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. Ayse Turak

Associate Professor
Department of Engineering Physics

Associate Undergraduate Chair
Department of Engineering Physics

degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

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Dr. Li Xi

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Chang-qing Xu

Associate Chair, Graduate
Department of Engineering Physics

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. Gu Xu

Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Dr. Boyang Zhang

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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

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Dr. Benzhong (Robin) Zhao

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

Climate Change Mitigation; Renewable Energy; Water Security; Energy Storage; Carbon Storage; Multiphase Flow; Porous Media; Electrochemistry

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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

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Dr. Shiping Zhu

Distinguished University Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering

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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Dr. Hatem Zurob

Professor, Chair
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties

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March 7, 2019 /  Department News

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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

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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

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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).

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