Program Details

  • Monday September 25, 2017
    8:00 - 9:00
    Registration | Networking Breakfast
    9:00 - 9:15
    Ian McWalter, CMC Microsystems and Marie D'Iorio, NanoCanada
    9:15 - 11:45
    Keynote Session: Nanomaterials
    Session 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 - 9:45
    Keynote: Material Challenges in Specialty Glasses
    Keynote 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 - 10:15
    Keynote: Nano Composites for Green Energy
    Keynote 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 - 10:45
    Networking Break
    10:45 - 11:15
    Keynote: Group 14 Nanomaterials – Complex systems with vast fundamental and commercial potential
    Keynote 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 - 11:45
    Panel: Identifying Opportunities for Graduate Students
    As 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 - 1:00
    Networking Lunch
    Cartier I & II and Foyer
    1:00 - 5:00
    Nanotechnology Standards, Regulations, and Health and Safety Session
    The 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

    Invited Speakers:
    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 - 2:30
    Industry R&D Pitches - Looking for Collaborators
    Companies 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 - 3:00
    Networking Break
    Cartier I & II and Foyer
    3:00 - 5:00
    Quantum and Microelectronics Systems Integration Session
    While 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

    Invited Speakers:
    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 - 6:00
    Networking Reception
    6:00 - 8:30
    Banquet & Colton Award
    Invited 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 day
    TEXPO Student Competition, NanoCanada Poster Session, Vendor Exhibits, Startup Exhibits
  • Tuesday September 26, 2017
    8:00 - 8:45
    Registration | Networking Breakfast
    8:45 - 9:00
    Ian McWalter, CMC Microsystems and Marie D'Iorio, NanoCanada
    9:00 - 11:00
    Keynote Session: Digital Manufacturing
    Session Chair: Ian McWalter, CMC Microsystems

    A new wave of manufacturing is transforming companies, industry sectors and supply chains, with significant influence on economic, social and environmental outcomes worldwide. These keynote presentations coming from academia, industry and government will explore some related technologies, needs, opportunities and relationships linked to future manufacturing processes, as well as to Canadian competitiveness.
    9:00 - 9:30
    ***NEW*** Keynote: Scalable NanoManufacturing – colors speak louder than words?
    Keynote Speaker: Jimmy Xu, Brown University

    This talk reports on a curiosity-driven exploration that began with a phone call from Europe, but seeded in an unrelated work 20 years earlier in Toronto, grew into part of a national program for “Scalable NanoManufacturing” in the USA. The call was from a ‘worldwide leader in consumer goods’. It was seeking for a way to make “vivid red color…without the use of paint or any hazardous materials such as….”, as stated in its ‘global challenge’ to the research community. Its R&D arm reached out to me because of one of my papers they found published 20 years ago. That paper was about fabrication of nanowire arrays without using lithography – a meaningful success in the then emerging field of nanoelectronics but hardly related to color. Interestingly, it has since grown into an effective platform for physical coloration and its simple and scalable manufacturing. And the curiosity-driven research itself has entered the next space – active metamaterials, taking cue from the color-setting mechanisms found in human eyes.
    9:30 - 10:00
    Keynote: Automated Throughput Assembly for Nanophotonics Packaging
    Keynote Speaker: Alexander Janta-Polczynski, IBM Bromont Canada

    The impact of integrated photonics is currently muted by challenges in photonic packaging. Especially for single mode optics which requires tight alignment tolerances for optical coupling interconnect. We have implemented novel approaches for the assembly of photonic chips. These leverage standard high throughput microelectronic assembly tooling and self-alignment techniques. This results in a cost-efficient photonic packaging that is scalable in manufacturing volume and in the number of optical interconnections per chip. This packaging direction helps to bring optics closer to the logic chip in order to alleviate bandwidth bottlenecks.
    10:00 - 10:30
    Networking Break
    10:30 - 11:00
    Keynote: Vice-President, Emerging Technologies, National Research Council Canada
    Keynote Speaker: Geneviève Tanguay, National Research Council Canada

    Takes a village to do the smallest things
    Nanotechnology, photonics and quantum all promise big impact. But one cannot do it alone. We need to take the time to understand the dynamics and develop the relationships – big and small – among scientists, industry and enabling organizations to grow Canada’s innovation ecosystems. Dr. Tanguay will describe new measures being taken to strengthen collaboration within the NRC and with external collaborators and partners. Nurturing these many interconnections between people, organizations and ideas is essential to realizing the full potential of a foundational technology like nano.
    11:00 - 11:45
    Announcement of TEXPO Competition and NanoCanada Poster Session Winners
    11:45 - 1:00
    Networking Lunch
    1 - 1:20
    Invited Speaker: Barriers to Commercialization
    Invited Speaker: Helge Seetzen, Tandem Launch
    1:20 - 2:30
    Panel: Barriers to Commercialization
    Commercialization in the emerging technologies space is not for the fainthearted. This panel will present different perspectives: investment and serial entrepreneurship, providing state-of-the-art solutions to multinationals, MEMS fabrication and product development services and launching a start-up from a university research lab.

    Panel moderator: Lorraine Sheremeta, Alberta Innovates

    Helge Seetzen, Tandem Launch
    Graham McKinnon, Norcada
    George Palikaras, Metamaterial Technologies Inc. (MTI)
    Vincent Tabard-Cossa, University of Ottawa
    2:30 - 3:00
    Networking Break
    3:00 - 3:30
    Invited Speaker: Overview of Quebec’s Nanotechnology Ecosystem
    Invited Speaker: Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, PRIMA QUÉBEC

    Announcing PRIMA Award
    3:30 - 5:00
    Panel: Collaborative Innovation in Nanotechnology – Two Case Studies
    The panel will highlight the advantages of micro / nanofabrication, supporting resources and barriers in the commercialization of emerging technologies

    Panel Moderator: Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, PRIMA QUÉBEC

    Philippe Babin, AEPONYX
    Mohamed Chaker, INRS- EMT
    Sébastien Corbeil, CelluForce
    Jean Hamel, FPInnovations
    5:00 - 5:05
    Closing Remarks
    Ian McWalter, CMC Microsystems and Marie D'Iorio, NanoCanada
    All day
    TEXPO Student Competition, NanoCanada Poster Session, Vendor Exhibits, Startup Exhibits