Security and disruptive technologies
In collaboration with strategic partners, we engage key players across Canada's innovation system to build the emerging technology platforms that will sustain Canada's industrial competitiveness.
Technology areas such as nanotechnology, quantum technologies and the convergence of nano-, bio- and information technologies are revolutionizing industries across the world by providing new platforms that can be applied in a wide range of industries. By working with key collaborators in both industry and in other research organisations, NRC accelerate the development of new technologies to help clients bring innovations to market ahead of the curve.
We validate technologies to ensure they are robust and manufacturable, reducing risk and lead time to turn innovation into products. And we often work with defence and security partners as early adopters of disruptive technologies, allowing them to be refined and proven before they can be adopted more broadly and replace existing technologies. Focusing on medium and long-range initiatives, we translate global science and engineering advances into validated technology opportunities for Canadian industry.
We offer leading‑edge, emerging technology research and technology development through both fee‑for‑service technical work and cost‑shared collaborative research agreements. Intellectual property terms are discussed on a case‑by‑case basis, appropriate to the risk and investment of each partner. We also operate pre-competitive networks and consortia to unite partners around specific technology initiatives.
- National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)
Accelerating the commercialization and responsible deployment of nanotechnologies in Canadian industries by transforming nanotechnology breakthroughs into scalable materials and processes, and prototypes that can be manufactured industrially.
- Quantum Photonic Sensing and Security
Collaborating with industry, government and universities to develop the quantum photonics technology platform, while developing and delivering medium-term applications in quantum cyber-security and photonic sensing.
- Security Materials Technology
Collaborating to develop and deliver cost effective, highly efficient, next generation, nano materials and armour systems.
The NRC advantage
We offer technical expertise, world‑class facilities and networks in the fields of nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced photonics and quantum technologies; with special emphasis on security materials technologies, quantum cyber‑security technologies and nano‑biocomposites, nano‑materials for energy and nano‑devices for health. We provide our partners with access to the latest technological advances via our linkages with key players in Canada and internationally.
Technical and advisory services
- Nano-materials design (made‑to‑measure properties), formulation, fabrication and testing, plus full chemical and physical analyses and characterization.
- Pilot processes for nano‑composites with a wide range of matrix materials.
- Nano‑device design, incorporating made‑to‑measure nano‑materials into electronic and optical devices.
- Electron microscopy services.
- Advanced microscopy, including, ultra‑short pulse CARS microscopy
- Ultra‑fast laser system design, including femto‑second and attosecond sources and measurement systems.
- Fibre‑based measurement, including fibre Bragg gratings in extreme environments.
- Quantum cyber security solutions for ultra-secure IT data and networks
- Nanotube production facility - this facility in Ottawa offers fabrication and prototyping for real-world applications for advanced materials.
- Electron microscope (EM) laboratory – this facility at NINT in Edmonton, houses some of the world's newest and most powerful electron microscopes, including transmission electron microscopes, scanning electron microscopes, and focused ion dual beam instruments.
- Advanced, non‑linear optical imaging and microscopy (CARSLab) – this facility in Ottawa offers non‑linear optical imaging, including femtosecond laser optics.
- JASLab – the Joint Attosecond Science Laboratory (a collaboration with the University of Ottawa) houses a unique and world‑class laser system that produces extremely short laser pulses.
- Nanophotonics and nanoelectronics laboratories – these facilities provide single photon sources and single electron sources that can be applied at low temperatures for in‑depth analysis of materials and nanostructures.
- Nanotechnology biology and biochemistry laboratory – this laboratory, based in Edmonton, is equipped to handle biocontainment level 2 samples.
- Nanotechnology chemical analysis and characterization laboratory.
- Nanotechnology surface analysis laboratory.
Working with us
As part of NRC, we offer not only scientific and engineering expertise but also access to prototyping facilities and to design and integration expertise. Our multi‑disciplinary teams offer fresh thinking on your challenges - working together with you toward a marketable result. Our world‑class facilities are managed by full‑time experts, who can handle a wide variety of applications.
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