Federal Government Research
National Research Council
The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development. It has been active since 1916.
National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT)
The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is an integrated, multi-disciplinary institution involving researchers in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, biology, informatics, pharmacy and medicine. Established in 2001, it is operated as a partnership between the National Research Council and the University of Alberta, and is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta and the University of Alberta.
The focus of NINT's research program is integration – the combination of separate nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected to the outside world. NINT explores the integration, at the molecular level, of nature's most powerful nano-devices such as proteins, lipids, and other biological structures made from 'soft' organic material, with crystalline semiconductors, metals, and catalysts made from inorganic 'hard' materials.
Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada’s natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada’s natural resource products. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests and minerals and metals, and we use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass.
NRCan develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resource sectors to the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians. As well, the department conducts innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies. It also represents Canada at the international level to meet the country's global commitments related to the sustainable development of natural resources, resource management policies and product standards. As part of its mandate, NRCan has supported industry research institutes and undertaken significant in-house research on nanotechnology in both the forestry and minerals and metals sectors, mainly on emerging, advanced chemicals and materials.
Through NRCan's Transformative Technologies Research Program, FPInnovations-- the hub of the forest sector innovation system in Canada--has developed and patented a process to economically extract cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood. CNC is then processed into dry, solid flakes, films and gels for use in biocomposites, bioplastics, iridescent coatings, wear-resistant surface treatments, high strength materials, drug delivery, oil and gas specialty chemicals, and more.
Through the Emerging Materials Program at the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, processes and technologies are developed for eco materials, such as photocatalysts to address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants and defence materials, such as armour material for defence applications.
CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory - Emerging Materials Research Program
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