Chemistry + Nanotechnology Collaborative Program

This interdisciplinary research program at the University of Waterloo is the focal point for graduate teaching and research in MSc and PhD programs in Nanotechnology. The program, jointly offered by three departments in the Faculty of Science and four in the Faculty of Engineering, provide students with a stimulating educational environment that spans from basic research through to application. The goal of the collaborative program is to allow students to gain perspectives on nanotechnology from a wide community of scholars within and outside their disciplines in both course and thesis work.

The MSc collaborative program provides a strong foundation in the emerging areas of nano-science in preparation for the workforce or for further graduate study and research leading to a doctoral degree. Four key areas of research strengths have been identified: nanomaterials, nano-electronics design and fabrication, nano-instruments and devices, and nano-biosystems. The objective of the PhD program is to prepare students for careers in academia, industrial R & D and government research labs.

MSc Program

Admission Requirements

MSc students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must meet the MSc admission requirements of the participating department in which they are enrolled. The minimum academic requirement for admission to the GWC2 MSc program is an honours bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Science from a recognized university with a second-class (B) standing. Strong emphasis is also placed on the letters of recommendation received in support of the student’s application. Students from foreign countries where English is not the language of instruction are also required to prove their proficiency in English.

Degree Requirements

GWC2 MSc students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must complete a minimum of 1.5 graduate credits, which must include the following nanotechnology courses; NANO 701 – Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, NANO 702 – Nanotechnology Tools and one graduate level Chemistry course from the prescribed list of electives, CHEM 794 (MSc Seminar), and submit and defend an acceptable thesis. NANO 701 and NANO 702 may be waived for students who have completed their BASc degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo and will be required to take one half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course from the prescribed list of electives, and two half-credit course from all graduate courses in the prescribed list of electives. Graduate Chemistry students are required to complete CHEM 794 MSc Seminar and are exempted from the Nanotechnology Seminar milestone.

PhD Program

Admission Requirements

PhD students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must meet the PhD admission requirements of the participating department in which they are enrolled. The minimum academic requirements for the GWC2 normally consists of a Master’s degree in Science from a recognized university with a second-class (B) standing. Strong emphasis is also placed on the letters of recommendation received in support of the student’s application. Students from foreign countries where English is not the language of instruction are also required to prove their proficiency in English.

Degree Requirements

GWC2 PhD students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must complete a minimum of 1.5 graduate credits, which must include the following nanotechnology courses; NANO 701 – Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, NANO 702 – Nanotechnology Tools and one half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course from the prescribed list of electives, pass an oral comprehensive examination, present a 30-minute seminar, and submit and defend an acceptable thesis. . NANO 701 and NANO 702 may be waived for students who have completed their BASc degree in Nanotechnology Engineering or Masters degree in Nanotechnology at the University of Waterloo and they must complete a minimum of three half credit (0.5) courses including one half-credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course in the prescribed list of electives and two half-credit courses from all graduate courses in the prescribed list of electives. Graduate Chemistry students are required to complete Chem 795 PhD Seminar and are exempted from the Nanotechnology Seminar milestone.

PhD Direct from BSc Program

Admission Requirements

PhD Direct from BSc students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must meet the PhD admission requirements of the participating department in which they are enrolled. The minimum academic requirements for the GWC2 is possible for outstanding students who graduated with an overall ‘A’ standing at the undergraduate level. Strong emphasis is also placed on the letters of recommendation received in support of the student’s application. Students from foreign countries where English is not the language of instruction are also required to prove their proficiency in English.

Degree Requirements

GWC2 PhD Direct from BSc students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must complete a minimum of 2.0 graduate credits, which must include the following nanotechnology courses; NANO 701 – Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, NANO 702 – Nanotechnology Tools, one half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course and one half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course from the prescribed list of electives, CHEM 794 (MSc Seminar), pass an oral comprehensive examination, present a 30-minute PhD seminar (CHEM 795), and submit and defend an acceptable thesis. NANO 701 and NANO 702 may be waived for students who have completed their BASc degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo and they must complete a minimum of four half credit (0.5) courses including one graduate level elective Chemistry course, one half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course from the prescribed list of electives, and two half-credit course from all graduate courses from the prescribed list of electives. Graduate Chemistry students are required to complete Chem 795 PhD Seminar and are exempted from the Nanotechnology Seminar milestone.

PhD Direct from MSc Program

Admission Requirements

Exceptional students currently in the MSc collaborative program in nanotechnology may transfer directly into the PhD program without first completing all of the MSc requirements. The applicant who is applying for direct transfer must have demonstrated a superior academic record both at the undergraduate and graduate level. This will normally mean that the student has a minimum overall B+ average as an undergraduate and has demonstrated a first-class standing with consistently above average performance in at least two graduate courses as well as in the Master’s Seminar. The applicant must have already demonstrated an oral and written communication ability appropriate for a PhD level student. In addition, there must be clear evidence of research productivity and promise. Requests for transfer will be considered for approval by the by the Director/Coordinating Committee at the end of the student’s third or fourth term in the MSc program.

Degree Requirements

GWC2 PhD Direct from MSc students in the collaborative program in nanotechnology must complete a minimum of 2.5 graduate credits, which must include the following nanotechnology courses; NANO 701 – Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, NANO 702 – Nanotechnology Tools, two half credit (0.5) graduate level Chemistry course and one half credit (0.5) graduate level course from the prescribed list of electives, CHEM 794 (MSc Seminar), pass an oral comprehensive examination, present a 30-minute PhD seminar, and submit and defend an acceptable thesis. NANO 701 and NANO 702 may be waived for students who have completed their BASc degree in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo and they must complete a minimum of five half credit (0.5) courses including two graduate level elective Chemistry course, three half-credit courses from all graduate courses from the prescribed list of electives. Graduate Chemistry students are required to complete Chem 795 PhD Seminar and are exempted from the Nanotechnology Seminar milestone.

Required Nanotechnology Milestone Description

Nanotechnology Seminar

The nanotechnology seminar is a forum for student presentation of research results or proposals. Speakers from academia and industry will also be invited from time to time. The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of nanotechnology research in the collaborative program. To receive this milestone credit, the student is required to present at least one seminar.

Note: Graduate Chemistry students are required to complete Chem 794 MSc Seminar and/or the PhD Seminar and are exempted from the Nanotechnology Seminar milestone. Seminar attendance requirements can be completed by attendance at any combination of Chemistry and Nanotechnology Seminars.

Required Nanotechnology Core Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Core courses are designed to provide the base knowledge and skill set required to prepare students for more specialized courses and to conduct interdisciplinary nanoscale research. Generally, students are required to take two core courses and complete the Nanotechnology seminar. All core courses will have written examinations.

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