Construction of the advanced materials research facility in Mississauga, Ontario began in the fall of 2017 and the first phase is scheduled to be completed in early 2020.
Click on the gallery images at right to see photos of the construction process.
The advanced materials research facility is the NRC's first physical research presence in the Greater Toronto Area. The new facility will act as a catalyst to accelerate the development of advanced materials technologies and their commercialization in disruptive new products. Together with industry, academia, and Other Government Department (OGD) partners, the facility will establish and operate a national innovation platform, supporting and undertaking foundational research and development (R&D) to develop new materials, scaling up their production, and de-risking and demonstrating their application.
The facility will support materials development and commercialization in numerous industrial sectors by establishing a technology platform and enabling infrastructure relevant to a broad range of materials and partners. The NRC team of research professionals and experts in chemistry, materials science, engineering, AI (artificial intelligence), robotics and technology transfer will address common challenges in advanced materials development and commercialization through research and technology development (R&TD) spanning 3 core platform technologies:
Accelerated materials discovery and process development, including:
- computational materials discovery, design and process simulation
- high-throughput materials characterization and processing experiments
- structured materials and process databases
Production scale-up, demonstration and standardization, including:
- materials and process standards development
- materials synthesis and scale-up
- design and demonstration of multifunctional materials and devices
Materials and process sustainability and safety, including:
- cradle-to-grave materials and product life cycle assessment
- health and environmental impacts and mitigation methods
- accelerated aging of materials and devices
These platforms will initially be applied to clean energy materials, novel feedstock materials for additive manufacturing and printed electronics, and smart and multi-functional materials and structures.
Why work with us
Our primary focus is to:
- drive foundational R&D of new materials and core platform technologies
- accelerate evaluation and de-risk adoption of promising new materials technologies
- enable innovators to rapidly identify and access market opportunities
- facilitate links with materials users to match promising new and emerging materials to potential applications
- provide access to infrastructure, data, best practices, expertise, and resources necessary for materials scale-up and commercialization
- ease transfer of materials technologies into applications in key industry sectors
- act as a gateway to NRC's capabilities across the nation
This newest addition to Canada's rich advanced materials ecosystem will help unify and support the Canadian advanced materials community by developing opportunities among players across the value chain and connecting them with a network of resources for materials innovation.
A founding partner in CCAMM
The NRC's new research facility in Mississauga represents a major stepping stone in a long-term vision supporting the creation of the Canadian Campus for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (CCAMM), a joint initiative between the NRC and the Xerox Research Centre of Canada.
CCAMM aims to offer unique shared facilities where new kinds of "public-academia-private" partnerships representing high-value advanced materials expertise will be created and fostered.
CCAMM will act as a catalyst for development, manufacturing, and integration to aid in more quickly accessing markets for new advanced materials. As CCAMM grows, and by working together, the organizations will share the goal of accelerating research results, improving commercialization impacts, and helping to build an ecosystem where new relations with stakeholders and industrial partners are established.
Strategic Advisor, NRC (Mississauga)