Building a Nanoworld
Nanotechnology, or nanoscience, is the study and preparation of nanoscale structures exhibiting unique, unpredictable, and highly intriguing physical, optical, and electrical phenomena. The control of matter on the nanoscale is currently the central focus of research in many disciplines worldwide. Much of the driving force for building tiny devices and features is their importance to a broad array of technologies including materials sciences, medicine, biotechnology, genomics, manufacturing, computing, and information and communications technology. As Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials, Dr. Jillian Buriak’s research will develop new, efficient and versatile methods to combine and build a range of real world nanomaterials through silicon technology. These materials could be used in a variety of applications, including the synthesis and screening of entirely new classes of nanoparticle arrays for oil sands upgrading, and the development of nanopatterned microfluidics for neuron growth to further understand the chemical basis of Multiple Sclerosis.