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170 College Street, Suite 204
Haultain Building, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3E3
Tel: (416) 978-4556
Fax: (416) 978-3801
Director: Professor Harry E. Ruda
Development & Admin. Officer:
Ms. Millie Morris
Admin. Assistant and Business Officer:
Ms. Millie Morris


  • The Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology (CAN) is a unit within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of  Toronto.
  • Established in 1997 through a generous donation from Energenius Inc., CAN's founding partner and supporter of the Energenius Chair in Advanced Nanotechnology, held by Professor Harry Ruda. Energenius Inc. is a Canadian company dedicated to the advancement of nanotechnology research. CAN is also supported by a network of academic, government and industrial collaborations and partnerships across Canada and abroad.
  • Dedicated to research, education and training of highly qualified professionals in Nanotechnology: an emerging field for designing, fabricating and applying nanometre-scale materials, structures and devices, based on novel phenomena arising in nanometre-sized clusters of atoms - nanostructures - often termed 'functional nanostructures'.   Harnessing such structures is expected to lay the foundation for new products and processes that will significantly improve our standard of living.

As Canada's first centre for nanotechnology research, CAN is charged with a bold mission:

  • To provide visionary leadership in creating a solid, dynamic, multidisciplinary research and development infrastructure for Canada
  • To establish critical mass of principal investigators and facilities to perform internationally competitive research
  • To promote economic development in Ontario and in Canada
  • To promote public and industrial awareness of the impact of Nanotechnology, its vast potential for job creation and economic development in the coming decade.  CAN will achieve this through:
    • Information kits (currently under development)
    • Distinguished lectures, invited talks and presentations to high school students, public interest groups, etc.
    • Jointly-sponsored academic, government and industrial Workshops and Conferences

STRUCTURE:  In addition to its administrative team, CAN is comprised of a distinguished team of world-class scientists, including a Nobel laureate,

  • Principal Researchers (15 faculty) from among two engineering disciplines (Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering), Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Toronto and three other Canadian universities,
  • Their respective research groups comprised of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists, and
  • Affiliated Researchers: Faculty (~10) at the University of Toronto with related research interests.
  • When developed as envisioned, CAN will also encompass an Advisory Board and a Research Committee comprised of leading scientists and eminent representatives from university, government and industry.
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