Nanotechnology expertise


Biomedical nanotechnologies

Our Biomedical Nanotechnologies team has expertise in 3 research areas:

  • synthesis of organic, inorganic, and soft nanostructured materials
  • characterization of nanoscale materials
  • molecular manipulation of mammalian biology

Current projects include:

  • examination of G protein-coupled receptors in inflammation and pseudo-allergic reactions
  • nanoencapsulation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) for targeted delivery
  • examination of nanotoxicity
  • manipulation of receptor-mediated cellular activation using responsive nanomaterials
  • characterization of nanomaterials and biomaterials using cryoEM
  • bioegineering of organogel-based materials for drug delivery

Our team oversees several core facilities, including level 1 and level 2 biofacilities, an organic/inorganic chemical synthesis laboratory, and a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility.

Detection and automation

Our Detection and Automation team specializes in micro and nano sensing device fabrication, including universal sample delivery, electronic signal routing for device controls and optoelectronic and optomechanic signal readout and data analysis.

The team has experience applying these expertise in researching and developing advanced adaptive optics for astronomy, electrochemical pathogen sensors, optomechanic mass sensing, and lab-on-a-chip devices.

Nanomaterial deposition and characterizations

Our Nanomaterial Depositions and Characterizations team is comprised of experienced researchers and technicians who possess expertise in depositing and advancing inorganic nanomaterials, as well as methods for their characterization.

Our current explorations and technological applications include:

  • novel biosensing platforms for sensing of pathogens and biogenic amines
  • innovative energy platforms for applications in solar harvesting and batteries
  • inorganic nanomaterial deposition tools for conformal metal deposition and the synthesis of nanoparticle hybrid materials
  • characterization methods such as GI-SAXS and SEM-based chemical analysis techniques

Theory and modelling

Our Theory and Modelling team consists of scientists with diverse expertise in computational nano and biotechnologies. The scope of the team's computational chemistry techniques ranges from ab initio electronic structure methods through classical molecular simulation to mesoscale and continuum simulations. Our team has developed a unique multiscale modelling and simulation approach that serves to obtain novel understanding of the behaviour of biomaterials.

Additional capabilities include:

  • chemical reactions in complex environments, nanoengineered materials and systems
  • photovoltaics and molecular electronics
  • biomolecular conformational change
  • self-assembly in complex environments, soft matter, the development of advanced computational methods and machine learning.

Contact us

Biomedical nanotechnologies
Marianna Kulka, Team Lead
Telephone: 780-641-1687

Detection and automation
Adam Bergren, Team Lead
Telephone: 780-641-1762

Nanomaterial deposition and characterizations
Kenneth Bosnick, Team Lead
Telephone: 780-641-1685

Theory and modelling
Sergey Gusarov
Telephone: 780-641-1721