8:00 - 9:00Registration | Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15WelcomeIan McWalter, CMC Microsystems and Marie D'Iorio, NanoCanada
9:15 - 11:45Keynote Session: NanomaterialsSession Chairs:
Michael Jakubinek, National Research Council Canada
Marie D'Iorio, NanoCanada
Advanced materials are at the core of the ubiquitous technologies that have redefined how we work, connect and play. The first three keynote speakers will illustrate how to innovate with the periodic table and nanotechnology.
9:15 - 9:45Keynote: Material Challenges in Specialty GlassesKeynote Speaker: Michael Pambianchi, Corning Incorporated
Specialty glasses play an important role in industries such as consumer electronics, information display, telecommunications, automotive, and pharmaceutical packaging. In each field, glass has to provide levels of performance that exceed that of common glass compositions, and that of other materials. This talk will highlight some of the areas of glass science where there are important problems to solve.
9:45 - 10:15Keynote: Nano Composites for Green EnergyKeynote Speaker: Mario Leclerc, Université Laval
Photovoltaic cells (PCs) based on conjugated polymeric materials have received much attention due to their numerous advantages such as production on flexible and large-area substrates by solution processing which dramatically reduces the manufacturing cost. We will describe some structure-property relationships that could contribute to make a rational design of a new generation of efficient and green photovoltaic cells.
10:15 - 10:45Networking Break
10:45 - 11:15Keynote: Group 14 Nanomaterials – Complex systems with vast fundamental and commercial potentialKeynote Speaker: Jonathan Veinot, University of Alberta
More than thirty years after Brus' first reports of "small semiconductor crystallites" the study of "Quantum Dots (QDs)" has grown into an important cross-disciplinary research area. Despite their well-established toxicity, CdSe-based QDs remain the benchmark material; many prototype applications have appeared and Cd-free compound semiconductor QDs are even being used as emitters in commercially available state-of-the-art displays. Somewhat surprisingly, the development and application of QDs based upon Si, and its heavier periodic congener Ge, remain in a comparative state of infancy. The reasons for this are complex and often attributed to the strong directional bonding within the parent materials that complicate syntheses, their electronic structure (i.e., indirect band gap) and surface states that can lead to poor and/or irreproducible optical response, among others. Still, the community has seen impressive advances related to these challenges and prototype SiQD applications (e.g., solar cells, light- emitting diodes, rechargeable batteries, drug delivery, sensors, among others). These research reports have even led to predictions that "nanosilicon" applications could produce up to $2.1 billion US annually. This presentation will highlight ongoing studies by the Veinot team that focus on the development of Group 14 nanomaterials. We will begin with a brief overview of the development of a preparative method that affords SiQDs of tailored size and compare and contrast methods for tailor surface chemistry and optical response. Discussion will then shift to GeQD synthesis, surface modification and properties. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a discussion of other Group 14 nanostructures being investigated be the Veinot Team and an outlook for these exciting materials.
11:15 - 11:45Panel: Identifying Opportunities for Graduate StudentsAs we face the fourth industrial revolution and the convergence of technologies, what skills should graduate students acquire to be ready for the workplace? How will the private sector and the knowledge institutions change with increasing automation
Session Chair: Michael Jakubinek, National Research Council Canada
Michael Pambianchi, Corning Incorporated
Mario Leclerc, Université Laval
Jonathan Veinot, University of Alberta
11:45 - 1:00Networking LunchCartier I & II and Foyer
1:00 - 5:00Nanotechnology Standards, Regulations, and Health and Safety SessionThe afternoon session will cover the development of standards related to nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and devices, discuss the Canadian regulatory framework and offer an industry perspective on health and safety considerations when handling nanomaterials.
Session Chair: Kimberly Ong, Vireo Advisors, LLC
Brian Haydon, CSA Group
Nanotechnology Standards - An evolving set of tools for commercialization
An overview will be provided on Canada’s active involvement in standards for nanotechnologies. Government, industry, research, and consumer stakeholders are participating on national and international standards committees, developing an evolving set of tools for the commercialization of nanotechnologies Standards for nanotechnologies facilitate global trade, serve as a foundation for regulations, and assist with common understanding, in science-based best practices, guidance, and requirements. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), under ISO/TC229, Nanotechnologies, now have over fifty standards published, with a near equal number under development. This will be elaborated upon, in support of responsible and sustainable development of nano-enabled and nano-enhanced products.
Haridoss Sarma, GO 2 SCOUT 4 R&T
Using the Nano Electrotechnology Standards in Your Innovation Process
The presentation will provide an overview of the published product standards and those under development by the technical committee, IEC TC 113. Special focus will be drawn to how the nanotechnology community could use them to derive value in nano-electrotechnical product research, product innovation and manufacturing.
Shaun Clancy, Evonik Corporation
Consumer and Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnologies
Abstract to come...
Myriam Hill, Health Canada
The Regulatory Landscape for Nanotechnologies in Canada
Advances in nanotechnology have resulted in the commercialisation of many nano-enhanced consumer products, leading to the development of novel applications as well as providing improved performance and durability to existing products. In particular, nanomaterials are increasingly being used as additives in polymeric materials in food packaging, textiles, paints and coatings, cement, construction materials, sporting goods and personal care products. Nanomaterials are also being investigated as delivery systems for drugs and slow-release pesticides and fertilizers, in medical devices and diagnostics, as well as in energy storage and capture applications. Although most jurisdictions agree that existing regulatory frameworks and statutes provide a firm foundation for the regulation and oversight of nanomaterials, the OECD Council Recommendation acknowledges that these should be adapted to take into account the specific properties of manufactured nanomaterials. Depending on the scope of applications, several regulatory frameworks may be implicated in the overall safety assessment of a manufactured nanomaterial. This presentation will focus on the regulatory oversight of industrial nanomaterials under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999), and its interplay with other applicable Acts and Regulations in Canada.
Brent Bryant, Xerox Research Centre Canada
Health and Safety Considerations for Nanomaterials in a Research Environment
This presentation will review what is known about the hazards and toxicological effects of engineered nanomaterials in contrast to other common chemical reagents and raw materials. We will then consider how to control exposure, and other health and safety hazards, to chemicals in general and, how the risks change from the lab to the pilot scale.
1:00 - 2:30Industry R&D Pitches - Looking for CollaboratorsCompanies will be invited to give a very short presentation of technical challenges for which they seek solutions. If you have a potential solution, you will be encouraged to pursue the conversation under a non-disclosure agreement.
Session Chair: Jeff Young, University of British Columbia
Michael S. Pambianchi, Corning Incorporated
Corning is interested in working on some big problems in glass that can create new opportunities for innovation. This presentation will go over some of the key materials challenges in specialty glass and offer hints at how to solve them.
Gord Harling, INNOTIME Technologies
Innotime Technologies is developing an ultra-compact Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIOT) device which will be mounted in a chip-scale package. The intent is to combine sensors for temperature, vibration, and other physical quantities with energy harvesting and a radio frequency link.
Florina Truica-Marasescu, ALCERECO (Grafoid Inc.)
Grafoid is a graphene R&D, application development and technology licensing company. Grafoid focuses on four areas of graphene application development: energy creation, coatings, composites and membrane technology, and is joining forces with strategic partners around the world to develop user-end products in those four areas.
Normand Bourbonnais, MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI)
Innovation Superclusters, Our Industry is Participating – STRONGER THAN EVER !! View PDF
2:30 - 3:00Networking BreakCartier I & II and Foyer
3:00 - 5:00Quantum and Microelectronics Systems Integration SessionWhile nanoelectronics and nanophotonics may well provide the basis for the next generation of quantum computers, there are still many hurdles to overcome in terms of systems integration into workable instruments, fault tolerant instrumentation, product lifetime etc. The speakers will provide a perspective on these challenges.
Session Chair: Michel Pioro-Ladrière, Université de Sherbrooke
Paul Barclay, University of Calgary
Quantum Nanophotonics: Opportunities and Challenges
Nanophotonics devices provide a platform for ultrasensitive sensors, single photon optical switches, and integrated quantum memories. While their growing potential is fueled by rapid progress in materials development, nanofabrication and device design, numerous challenges must be overcome to deploy these technologies outside of the lab.
Jonathan Baugh, University of Waterloo
Semiconductor-based quantum information processors
Challenges to building a quantum computer from imperfect semiconductor qubits.
Stefan Filipp, IBM Research - Zurich
Coherent Quantum Computing with Increasingly Many Superconducting Qubits
With superconducting qubit coherence times that are by now long enough to perform simple algorithms, a clear path towards larger-scale quantum processors has emerged to study and eventually exploit the power of quantum computers at scale. At the example of a quantum chemistry computation on a six-qubit chip I will discuss the current status of IBM’s superconducting qubit quantum processor and point out the requirements for further scaling to hundreds and more qubits.
Gabriel Poulin-Lamarre, D-Wave Systems
Building a superconducting quantum processor at scale
Quantum mechanics allows us to use completely new ways to process information. There are a number of promising architectures exploiting these effects. The company D-Wave Systems stands out in its use of an algorithm called quantum annealing. The company released its 4th generation system in January 2017. The processor successfully integrates more than 2000 superconducting flux qubits and more than 128 000 Josephson junctions on a single chip operated at 12 mK. In this presentation, I will talk about the current processor architecture, putting emphasis on the technical difficulties arising from scaling up the number of qubits. Quantum mechanics allows us to use completely new ways to process information. There are a number of promising architectures exploiting these effects. The company D-Wave Systems stands out in its use of an algorithm called quantum annealing. The company released its 4th generation system in January 2017. The processor successfully integrates more than 2000 superconducting flux qubits and more than 128 000 Josephson junctions on a single chip operated at 12 mK. In this presentation, I will talk about the current processor architecture, putting emphasis on the technical difficulties arising from scaling up the number of qubits.
5:00 - 6:00Networking Reception
6:00 - 8:30Banquet & Colton AwardInvited Speaker: Bob McDonald, Host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks
Science in the Third Millennium
In the last thousand years, humanity has emerged from the dark ages and touched the moon. As a science journalist, it is an exquisite privilege to witness the remarkable new achievements, discoveries and challenges at the cutting edge of our knowledge. Canada’s contributions, from the search for dark matter in the depths of a Sudbury mine to exploring the winds of Mars are internationally recognized. The third millennium will be a remarkable time for Canadian science.
Masters of ceremonies
Alain Francq, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo
Lynda Moore, CMC Microsystems
All dayTEXPO Student Competition, NanoCanada Poster Session, Vendor Exhibits, Startup Exhibits