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B.Sc. Nanoscience

Nanoscience Program LogoThe Nanoscience program provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity to study the chemical and physical behaviour of of materials at the nanoscale. Specialized laboratory courses have been developed to give our undergraduate students a unique hands-on laboratory experience where students learn to prepare a variety of nanomaterials and measure their properties using state of the art imaging and spectroscopic instruments. The Nanoscience courses are taught by members of the Physics and Chemistry departments, providing students with a multidisciplinary education that prepares them for a variety of career options.


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The Nanoscience Club showcases demonstrations at Nano Night in November as part of STEM week
The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences is offering a Summer Camp for high school students interested in exploring the realms of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology during the week of July 6 to 10
Professor John Dutcher's natural nanotechnology spinoff company Mirexus raises $12 million to finance factory, fund business development, and deepen R&D - Press Release.
"Two University of Guelph innovations — sweet corn nanoparticles and genetic testing technology for livestock — have received this year’s Innovation of the Year awards for U of G inventions."
Prof. John Dutcher speaks at the Women in Physics Conference about how a serendipitous scientific discovery of natural polysaccharide nanoparticles has lead to the commercialization of a sustainable nanotechnology and creation of a spinoff company
Watch as a ferrofluid dances in the fields of an electromagnet.

News Nano News

Collaborative research between the Unviersity of Guelph and Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc has lead to the development of new eco-friendly moisturizing formalutions based on phytoglycogen nanoparticles, which have been extracted from non-GMO sweet corn.
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"(CNN) -- Concrete isn't usually considered an environmentalists' friend, but a remarkable new technology could soon be turning the gray stuff green."
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"A Mayo Clinic research team has developed a new type of cancer-fighting nanoparticle aimed at shrinking breast cancer tumors, while also preventing recurrence of the disease."
Vaccine ready for injection
"Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a first-of-its-kind nanoparticle vaccine immunotherapy that targets several different cancer types."
AFM image of Nanofibril array
"Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles. Now researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks."
Spider Web
"An international scientific team in which UPM researchers are involved has developed a bioinspired method that for the first time will allow researchers to spin artificial silk fibers as spiders do and to efficiently produce kilometers of silk."
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes
"Wires are sometimes implanted in the brain to treat epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease by stimulating malfunctioning nerve cells. They can also be used to record electrical signals inside the brain – a useful tool for neuroscience."

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  • Link to Undergraduate Calendar Nanoscience Degree requirements with links to course descriptions
    Provides an opportunity for students to gain additional, real world experience in nanoscience.
    The Guelph Physics Department has 19 faculty and offers strong programs in research and teaching to the Ph.D. level.
    The Guelph Chemistry Department has 15 faculty and offers strong programs in research and teaching to the Ph.D. level.
    Students searching for tutors are encouraged to consult the University of Guelph Tutoring web site.
    An informative walk through the process of designing a scientific poster. Many useful tips.
    The University of Guelph strongly believes in the personal approach to education. This specialized program has smaller class sizes, which provide a unique learning experience in lecture and laboratory settings.
    Nanoscience students, faculty and staff are actively engaged in outreach activities, with nanoscience and nanotechnology resources available for high school teachers in Chemistry and Physics.