CAN: AN ENABLING FORCE FOR
CANADA IN NANOTECHNOLOGY
Innovation, Opportunity, Leadership
What is Nanotechnology?
An emerging, multidisciplinary field
for designing, fabricating and applying nanometre-scale materials,
structures and devices.
Nanoscale: for example, a single
human hair is about 100,000 nanometres in diameter.
One of the dominant technologies of
the 21st century.
Technology relying 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.
What is CAN?
The Centre for Advanced
Canada's first centre for
nanotechnology research, formed in September 1997 under the name
The Energenius Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology (ECAN)
as a result of a
generous donation from Energenius Inc., a Canadian company dedicated to
advancing nanotechnology research. As CAN's founding member and supporter
of the Energenius Chair in Advanced Nanotechnology held by Professor
Harry Ruda, Energenius entered into a strong partnership with CAN in
promoting the commercialization and spin-off of nanotechnology advances
to CAN and to the global market.
Strong industrial support, a team of world-leading research scientists
tools place CAN at the forefront for developing the key enabling technologies, nanoelectronic and
nanophotonic applications, in which nanotechnology will make its first
major impact - information technologies, advanced manufacturing and
advanced materials and processes.
What is CAN's 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 enable us to perform internationally competitive research.
economic development in Ontario and in Canada, and to contribute to the training of highly-qualified
personnel for careers in nanotechnology.