Security and disruptive technologies

In collaboration with strategic partners, the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre engages 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.

  • 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 Material Technologies
    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.

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.


Roderick Paterson, Business Advisor
Telephone: 613-991-9047

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