Nanoscience Director's Message


John Dutcher
Director, Dr. John Dutcher

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for the B.Sc. Nanoscience program at the University of Guelph. This unique program provides students with skills in the emerging field of nanoscience, which is a multidisciplinary field that combines physics, chemistry and biology to understand, discover and develop materials at the molecular level.

New properties emerge as materials are shrunk down to the nanoscale, with quantum and confinement effects dominating the properties of nanoparticles and nanostructures. In this domain, ordinary materials can have extraordinary properties. Understanding these properties is the focus of nanoscience research, and much has yet to be discovered. Nanoscience also offers new solutions to many complex challenges faced by modern society, such as the need for alternative energy sources, faster and more secure computing, environmental sustainability, and improvements to health and nutrition. Nanoscience students are prepared to address these challenges and have a positive impact on the future.

In the B.Sc. Nanoscience program, students receive specialized courses on subjects ranging from nanolithography to spectroscopy to thin film science to biological nanomaterials to quantum computing. The centerpiece of the program is the undergraduate nanoscience laboratory in which students learn how to use state-of-the-art techniques including atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and different kinds of spectrometry and light scattering. This laboratory experience develops skills that allow our students to excel in academic, industrial and government laboratories, and provides excellent preparation for both graduate studies and jobs in industry. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a co-operative education program that provides them practical, hands-on experience.

If you are interested in studying in this exciting new area of multidisciplinary science, please have a look at the information on this webpage and feel free to contact me with questions.

John R. Dutcher
Professor of Physics
Senior Canada Research Chair in Soft Matter and Biological Physics
Director, B.Sc. Nanoscience Program