The Quantum Nano Centre has been designed to meet the most stringent standards for quantum-scale experiments, allowing the University to attract world-class researchers who will pioneer new nano-scale technologies to advance how we live, work and play.
- Security and Communications Systems Design
- Area: 285,000 ft2
- Completion Date: 2013
- Complexity: State-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratories
The centrepiece of the new The Quantum Nano Centre (QNC) is the nanotechnology multi-cluster laboratories. Labs specializing in nano-scale metrology and nano-fabrication build on and support Waterloo’s existing nanotechnology strengths.
The building houses more than 50 researchers and over 100 graduate students. It is also home to the largest undergraduate nanotechnology engineering program in Canada. The centrepiece of the new building is the nanotechnology multi-cluster laboratories. Labs specializing in nano-scale metrology and nano-fabrication build on and support Waterloo’s existing nanotechnology strengths.
The QNC features state-of-the-art laboratories for nanotechnology research, ion and atom trapping, nuclear magnetic resonance, low temperature superconductivity, quantum optical research, and a suite of clean rooms for fabrication and testing of quantum and nanotechnology devices. The location for the building’s specialized labs meets strict environmental criteria for vibration and electromagnetic interference, which determined the location of these labs within the building footprint.