Though micro in nature, the growing significance of nanotechnology is monumental. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale to create new and improved substances such as catalysts, construction materials, superconductors, and biomaterials. This technology is applicable to many industries and will change the way we do business in health, medicine, energy, agriculture, and manufacturing.
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is competitive in this field thanks to advanced research happening at the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) and NanoFab Centre, anchored in the University of Alberta. The Alberta Centre for Advanced Microsystems, and Nanotechnology Products (ACAMP) is also critical to nanotech growth at the opposite end of the spectrum as it aids companies in commercialization efforts.
The Nanotechnology Initiative is a collaborative initiative between the University of Alberta and the National Research Council of Canada. This 20,000-square-metre facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the world, attracting leading minds and producing groundbreaking research.
The NanoFab Centre is an open-access training, service, and collaboration centre based out of the University of Alberta. It features $84 million in specialized equipment and infrastructure. The centre and its helpful staff are focused on attracting talent, sharing knowledge, and conducting progressive research.
Entrepreneurs and innovators use ACAMP to turn proof-of-concept into a final manufactured product by utilizing their expert talent, equipment, and commercialization savvy.
OENano is a local business that uses nanotechnology to create revolutionary products for a number of sectors including the energy, agriculture, and transportation industries. OENano’s products include an eco-friendly water cleanup additive for wastewater and oil spill remediation, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners for farm and petroleum supplies, and heavy-duty sealers that protect pipelines and storage containers from corrosion and damage.