The Nanoscience program provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the chemical and physical behaviour of of materials at the nanoscale. Specialized laboratory courses have been developed to give our undergraduate students a unique hands-on laboratory experience where students learn to prepare a variety of nanomaterials and measure their properties using state of the art imaging and spectroscopic instruments. The Nanoscience courses are taught by members of the Physics and Chemistry departments, providing students with a multidisciplinary education that prepares them for a variety of career options.


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Events & Awards

Converging on Nanomanufacturing Conference

Converging on Nanomanufacturing Conference: September 25-26
The first National Conference on "Converging on Nanomanufacturing" is being held on September 25-26, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec. The conference is being co-hosted by CMC microsystems and NanoCanada

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Professor Dutcher's spinoff company raises $12 million for factory
Professor John Dutcher's natural nanotechnology spinoff company Mirexus raises $12 million to finance factory, fund business development, and deepen R&D - Press Release.

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Sweet corn nanoparticles receive Innovation of the Year Award
"Two University of Guelph innovations — sweet corn nanoparticles and genetic testing technology for livestock — have received this year’s Innovation of the Year awards for U of G inventions."

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Unlocking the Potential of Nature's Nanotechnology
Prof. John Dutcher speaks at the Women in Physics Conference about how a serendipitous scientific discovery of natural polysaccharide nanoparticles has lead to the commercialization of a sustainable nanotechnology and creation of a spinoff company

Ferrofluid Cork Screw

Ferrofluid Cork Screw
Watch as a ferrofluid dances in the fields of an electromagnet.


Phytoglycogen NanoparticlesPhytoglycogen Nanoparticles
Collaborative research between the Unviersity of Guelph and Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc has lead to the development of new eco-friendly moisturizing formalutions based on phytoglycogen nanoparticles, which have been extracted from non-GMO sweet corn.

City landscapeCould pollution-eating concrete clean up our urban jungles?
"(CNN) -- Concrete isn't usually considered an environmentalists' friend, but a remarkable new technology could soon be turning the gray stuff green."

NanoparticlesTumor-Shrinking Nanoparticles?
"A Mayo Clinic research team has developed a new type of cancer-fighting nanoparticle aimed at shrinking breast cancer tumors, while also preventing recurrence of the disease."

Vaccine needleImmunotherapy Nanoparticle Vaccines?
"Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a first-of-its-kind nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy that targets several different cancer types."

NanofibrilsIron Fortified Foods?
"Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles. Now researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks."


Spider WebArtificial Spider Silk?
"An international scientific team in which UPM researchers are involved has developed a bioinspired method that for the first time will allow researchers to spin artificial silk fibers as spiders do and to efficiently produce kilometers of silk."

Multiwalled nanotubeNanoelectrodes for your Brain?
"Wires are sometimes implanted in the brain to treat epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease by stimulating malfunctioning nerve cells. They can also be used to record electrical signals inside the brain – a useful tool for neuroscience."