OTTAWA, ONTARIO — A new facility that will help researchers develop the next generation of nanotechnologies, such as microscopic sensors that can detect harmful bacteria, officially opened at Queen’s University’s Innovation Park in Kingston, Ont., today. The Kingston Nano-Fabrication Laboratory is a 3,000 square-foot facility about a third of the size of one of the main cafeteria’s on the Queen’s campus. The open-access lab received more than $19 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Leading Edge Fund in 2009, a fund that supported transformative infrastructure projects at research institutions across Canada.
The nano-fabrication facility houses state-of-the-art equipment one might expect in the pages of science fiction: picosecond laser micromachining, electron beam evaporation, plasma etching and atomic force microscopy. With these tools in hand, more than 350 researchers from universities across the country can work together to expedite the production of microscopic technologies that could dramatically improve the communications, healthcare, architecture and smart infrastructure industries for years to come.
The lab will also serve as a training ground for students in nanotechnology and small-scale fabrication, giving them the hands-on experience they need to become the next generation of innovators in Canada’s high-tech sector.
“Canada’s brightest researchers and students will make breakthroughs using cutting-edge equipment in this remarkable facility,” says Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “With access to such state-of-the-art tools, Canadian researchers are positioned to become leaders in science at the smallest scale.”
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