The NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre devises nano-enabled solutions that meet scalability, integration, manufacturability and environmental health and safety requirements for product development. As an enabling technology, nanotechnology translates into several industry sectors, including energy, transport and security. It has applications across science fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, material science, and engineering.

Collaboration opportunities

We apply a collaborative approach connecting industry, university and other government partners to leverage the NRC's multidisciplinary expertise and national network of facilities. Our long-standing collaborative relationships with the University of Alberta (UAlberta) and other nanotechnology research centres in Canada and internationally, extends our capabilities and impact.

  • NRC-UAlberta Nanotechnology Initiative. Building on nearly two decades of collaboration, the NRC and the UAlberta have launched a new Nanotechnology Initiative to expand Canadian nanotechnology capacity and foster breakthrough research aligned to strategic priorities.

NRC supports technology development, deployment and integration from lab prototype to pilot stage and demonstration in the field. Flexible business models let us engage clients and partners on an individual basis or through collaborative programs, consortia, or other multi-party licensing or technical service arrangements.

Technical and advisory services

Our experience across diverse scientific fields and industrial sectors lets us translate nanotechnology breakthroughs into scalable materials, processes and manufacturable prototypes.

  • Advanced materials
    • Epoxy and composites. The NRC's long-lasting polymer nano-composite offers superior mechanical properties at reduced manufacturing costs.
    • Composite lubricants. Our high-temperature resistant lubricant using nano-additives has been adopted by industry.
    • Membranes. The NRC's electro-spinning equipment has produced membranes that may be applicable to water purification.
  • Sensors and devices
    • Molecular junction. Our audio clipping devices, which use organic-based circuits, are the world's first commercial application of molecular electronics.
    • Pathogen detection/air quality. NRC industrial research collaborations include amine detectors for food processing and spoilage.
    • Micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). We are experienced in the design and fabrication of sensors for the aeronautic, biotechnology, and oil and gas industries.
  • Nano-biology
    • Antigen immunology. NRC expertise extends to skin immunology, bioactive compounds for skin regeneration, elasticity, permeability, and resistance to infection, and allergic inflammation and treatment.
Research facilities

NRC clients gain access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and research facilities at our specialized nanotechnology collaboration hub on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, including:

  • Electron Microscopy Lab. This facility is home to three transmission electron microscopes (TEMs), three scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), and two focused ion beam (FIB) microscopes. All microscopes are situated in specially-designed characterization suites that minimize environmental disturbances and ensure optimal performance.
  • Innovation Centre. Our experienced team of technology advisors has been assisting start-ups and established companies with their nanotechnology ventures for more than a decade, as well as providing a supportive teaching environment by providing the latest instrumentation and technical expertise. For more information, contact Andrew Myles at 780-641-1758.

The NRC also has specialized nanotechnology facilities at other research centres across the country. Contact us to find out more!


The NRC engages clients on an individual basis, and through consortia and other multi-partner collaboration models. Contact us to find out how we can work together to advance the development and deployment of nanotechnology.

Jose Raez, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 780-641-1623

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