The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is a joint initiative of the National Research Council, the University of Alberta, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
NINT researchers are focused on the revolutionary work being done at the nano-scale, the world of individual atoms or molecules. The main focus of nanotechnology research is the integration of nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected to the outside world. The long-term objective is to discover 'design rules' for nanotechnology, and develop platforms for building nanosystems and materials that can be constructed and programmed for a particular application.
NINT's Business Development Office assists Canadian firms in benefiting from the potential of this transformative technology. By fostering collaboration, providing access to the facility and researcher expertise, and assisting companies with commercialization, licensing and other business activities, NINT hopes to help grow new companies and the improve the competitiveness of existing industries.
Located in Edmonton, Alberta on the University of Alberta campus, NINT's 20,000 square-metre building is one of the world's most technologically advanced research facilities and houses some of the quietest laboratory space in Canada. It is home to the Hitachi Electron Microscopy Products Centre and the NINT Innovation Centre.
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