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Posted: Jan 29, 2013
Nanotechnology in Canada - companies, research, and degree programs
(Nanowerk News) Canada offers world-class R&D infrastructure, a highly skilled and educated workforce, a wide array of government funding programs in support of nanotechnologies, a growing number of companies involved in nanotechnologies, and government commitment to the responsible development and application of nanotechnologies.
In 2001, the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) was established as Canada's flagship nanotechnology institute; it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council and the University of Alberta.
Currently, there are 74 companies in Canada involved in nanotechnology-related business activities.
In addition, there are 60 nanotechnology and nanoscience-related research and community organizations in Canada.
The company specializes in the unique science of graphene and its derivative materials. NanoXplore's initial focus is on applications where graphene provides significant added value and bulk quantities of high quality graphene provide a competitive advantage. Near term opportunities are in industries such as paints and lubricants, textiles, and energy.
Klean Carbon is a one-stop-shop for high grade sustainable carbon based commodities. The company producs high-grade carbon black and nano-carbon black commodities with the smallest emissions footprint.
Through its diagnostic program, Biophage is developing a biosensor using an innovative nanotechnology. These nanosensors are based on impedance spectroscopy, an enabling technology that can detect and quantify microbial pathogens in real-time. The unique nanosensors will be built from various proprietary technologies already developed by Biophage (biocapture molecule: phages and antibodies) and by the Biotechnology Research Institute-NRC (signal generation and detection).
Calevia aims to harness the power of molecular targeting technologies and the heat-generation capacity of MesoGraf Xide, a photo-responsive graphene material, to create bio-conjugates designed to home-in on - and destroy - cancer cells in a non-invasive, non-pharmacological and efficient manner.
The company's lead product in development is Amorphous Nano-Hydroxyapaite Powder. Nano-structured hydroxyapatite has several advantages over hydroxyapatite of larger particle size in its use in bone tissue engineering due to its higher surface area and consequently higher reactivity, which offers better cellular response. In addition, nano-sized hydroxyapatite is useful as an effective surface modification agent for binding numerous biological molecules.
Mirexus Inc. is a natural biomaterials company that is commercializing a novel nanotechnology based on polysaccharide nanoparticles that can be used in a wide variety of markets ranging from cosmetics to nutraceuticals to biomedical applications in animal and human health. This technology was originally developed at the University of Guelph in the laboratories of Professor John Dutcher.
Nicoya is a nanotechnology company developing novel sensor products. The company's flagship product is OpenSPR - a compact, sensitive, and affordable surface plasmon resonance instrument for molecular analysis.
ALFT provides unique, patented capability to deliver proven, cost-effective and portable soft X-ray sources facilitating and enabling advancements in the research and development of new applications spanning a broad range of industries; including medical imaging, biotechnology, nanotechnology, genomics, proteomics, and environmental and life sciences.
Angstrom Engineering designs and manufactures PVD equipment with advanced process capabilities for thin film deposition applications. The company specializes in thin film technologies such as thermal evaporation, sputtering, electron beam deposition and ion beam etching.
Applied Nanotools is a nanotechnology SME based in Edmonton, Canada that specializes in fabrication of membrane-based optical chips for X-ray and EUV applications. Our products include high-resolution Fresnel zone plates for X-ray focusing and several X-ray and EUV mask technologies that include nano-gratings and calibration standards. Applied Nanotools also provide state-of-the-art micro and nano-fabrication services to enable fast prototyping and testing of various custom nanotechnology projects. This includes the NanoSOI Process Technology (via CMC Microsystems) for fabricating NEMS and nano-photonic devices.
CelluForce is a joint venture of Domtar Corporation and FPInnovations created to manufacture nanocrystalline cellulose in the world's first plant of its kind, located in Windsor, Quebec. Backed by a patented process, CelluForce develops and markets new applications for nanocrystalline cellulose.
A leading source of image analysis solutions for quantitative microscopy, Clemex Technologies Inc. provides image analysis systems and image analysis software for quality control and research laboratories. Major corporations around the world in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, automotive, and research use Clemex products.
The Delong group of companies operates in the high tech, engineering design, manufacturing and sales sectors and span two continents with operations in Europe and North America. The company manufactures the desktop LVEM5 electron microscope.
Hy-Power Nano Inc. is a subsidiary of Hy-Power Coatings Limited, Southern Ontario's premier industrial coatings service provider. Hy-Power Nano is developing nanocoating products that can deliver exceptional solar blocking and thermal insulation benefits.
Intelligent MEMS Design, Inc. (IMD) offers Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology-related expertise and designs, develops, manufactures and packages MEMS sensors and sensor products based on customers' needs and requirements.
Meaglow Ltd. manufactures and sells crystal growth reactors and supplies thin films to semiconductor research institutes and industry. The company specializes in producing Indium Nitride (InN) thin films via its CVD based migration enhanced afterglow deposition process.
Micralyne, a pioneer in Lab-on-a-Chip microfluidics, has significant know-how in developing and manufacturing microfluidic chip devices. The company's experience is used to develop Lab-on-a-Chip offerings within the life sciences industry. Capabilities include a proprietary method to deposit engineered nanostructured thin films (GLAD) for next generation nano and micro devices.
Nano One is a Vancouver-based technology company with a scalable industrial process for producing low cost high performance energy storage materials for batteries and a wide range of advanced nanostructured composite materials.
NanoStruck Technologies Inc. has a suite of technologies that remove molecular sized particles using patented absorptive organic polymers. These versatile biomaterials are derived from crustacean shells or plant fibers, depending on requirements of their usage. Acting as molecular sponges, the nanometer-sized polymers are custom programmed toabsorb specific particles for remediation or retrieval purposes.
The company designs and sells security devices. In its N.O.t.E.S (Nano-Optic Technology for Enhanced Security) application, commercially viable nanotechnology has been designed into specialized optics yielding unique signatures that cannot be reproduced by a counterfeit.
Photon etc. is at the forefront of optical technology, developing hyperspectral imaging and Bragg grating spectroscopic instruments that work from ultraviolet to infrared. Founded in 2002 by Sébastien Blais-Ouellette, then a Researcher at the California Institute of Technology, Photon etc. is both a research and development company and a specialized manufacturer of photonic measurement and analysis instruments.
Overcome bulk limitations of conventional optics with the OCTANE nanophotonic spectrometer. This turn-key fully integrated package never requires alignment and can be customized for high-resolution or broad-bandwidth preferences. Extreme miniaturization allows for multiple independent spectrometers in one system.
Zecotek is a photonics technology company developing leading-edge products: crystals, photo detectors, lasers, imaging and 3D display technologies, for medical, biotech, industrial, nanotechnology and atomic/molecular science applications.
Electronics.ca Publications is a research network and publishing company whose focus is technology and market research for the electronics industry. The company delivers critical information on the semiconductor, advanced materials, nanotechnology, electronics manufacturing, wireless technology and converging markets in the form of off-the-shelf reports, training materials, and industry standards.
Fibics provides analysis solutions to semiconductor and materials science / metallurgy clients, specializing in focused ion beam (FIB), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).
In addition to lab instruments and supplies, the company provides nanotechnology model kits and components for the scientist and engineer involved in the teaching of design or research and development of nanotechnology.
Kakkazan has assembled a nanotechnology team, consisting of domain experts plus professional linguists and writers. The bilingual team, with native speakers of both languages, produces a regularly updated 15-page executive report on nanotechnology developments in Japan.
The Quantum Valley Investment Fund will provide commercialization funding, expertise and support for researchers that develop breakthroughs in Quantum Information Science that can reasonably lead to new commercializable technologies and applications.
With the development of novel nano-materials with incresased thermal transport poperties, there is a critical need to be able to accurately measure small changes in thermal conductivity. ThermTest can assist with testing and intrumentation needs.
The GCM is a unique research center devoted to the study of advanced materials. It boasts Canada's largest pool of equipment for the fabrication, modification and characterization of a wide range of materials and complex systems. The GCM is also a materials analysis laboratory serving the academic and industrial communities.