Nano-engineered materials are a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative for many Canadian manufacturers. They make it possible to tailor the structure and morphology of materials at a nano-scale and expand their applications for technology we use every day, such as smart phones.
Lambton College has used an Applied Research Tools and Innovation grant to purchase highly-specialized, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment that forms the core of an ‘electrochemical test station’. This equipment is being used with existing college apparatus for advanced nanoengineered material synthesis, characterization and optimization.
Dr. Shahram Karimi, Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Material Development for Renewable Energy, and his research team have been working to develop the next generation of smart, costeffective nano-engineered materials for sustainable energy conversion and storage. These include longer lasting, lighter weight, quicker charging, and higher-energy density lithium-ion batteries. These advanced materials could soon be applied to rechargeable batteries used in smartphones and tablets, allowing users to charge their devices less often while prolonging the battery life and enhancing their performance. It could also make them lighter and less costly than existing state-ofthe-art batteries.
Using nano-engineered materials can make batteries stronger, lighter, and more durable. It can also make them more or less reactive depending on the application and enhance their electrical, optical and magnetic properties. Advanced, smart nanomaterials are also a clean alternative to fossil fuels, which benefits the health and well-being of all Canadians.