Federal grant supports UVic chemist's research into nanoscale materials for information technology

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) today awarded UVic chemist Dr. Matthew Moffitt a New Opportunities Fund grant to support his investigations of “nanoscale” materials with promising optical and electronic properties.

The need for new materials for computing, data storage, and information transfer has spurred a growing field of research into nanoscale materials (one billionth of a metre in length). Moffitt and his group are exploring the ways that polymer-coated metallic and semiconducting nanoparticles spontaneously assemble themselves. “By learning to control the ways these materials self-assemble,” says Moffitt, “we hope to provide the basis for developing new materials in which the spatial distribution of nano-particles can be used to ‘tune-in’ a desired functionality for specific optical and electronic applications.”

The grant of $137,907 will be used to obtain specialized instruments, including a gel permeation chromatograph and a UV-vis spectrometer, essential for the research group’s investigations of the composition and structure of these materials and their optical properties.

The CFI New Opportunities Fund is designed to help launch the careers of new and talented faculty members. Today, CFI announced funding of more than $17.7 million to 26 universities and research institutions across Canada. CFI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997 to strengthen the capacity for innovation in Canadian universities and research institutions.

-- 30 --

In this story

Keywords: chemisty, nanotechnology, funding

Related stories

Based on the keywords for this story, no related stories were found.