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- Dr. Wen visited Heriot-Watt University and the site of the QICS project (Phase-1) located in Ardmuchnish Bay, Scotland to study the CO2 storage mechanisms under seabed, July 2014.



- The LEER was awarded with a prestigious NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements grant to develop novel metastable intermolecular composites and their applications, May 2014.



- Congratulations to Mr. Jinhee Kang who was awarded with a NSERC post-graduate scholarship, May 2013.




- Cestoil Chemical Inc. is developing novel emission control technologies with LEER, Jan 2013.



- Our industry partner, Nano-C Inc., is investing in photovoltaics, Jan 2010.




- Our industry partner, Microbonds Inc., has been highlighted as Canada's nano player. Jan 2010.



New Research Positions are available!

Director: Prof. John Wen is the director of LEER. He is an associate professor at the department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and cross-appointed at the department of Chemical Engineering. He graduated from the University of Toronto (MASc & Ph.D.). His thesis supervisor was Prof. Murray Thomson. He has more than two years of post-doc research experience at MIT where he worked with the Green group (Prof. Bill Green at ChemEng) and Prof. Vander Sande’s research group (at Material Science and Engineering). He worked as well with Dr. Markus Kraft (ChemEng, University of Cambridge) and Dr. Nabiha Chaumeix (CNRS, Orleans). As a mechanical engineer, he has over 17 years of professional experience in the development and design of marine, automotive and aerospace engines. At UW, he is also affiliated to WIN (Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology) and WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy).


The Waterloo Laboratory for Emerging Energy Research explores potential solutions to energy security and global warming. We focus on not only revisiting the existing technologies for energy conversion and utilization but developing novel methods by means of applied nanotechnology and multi-disciplinary approaches. For example, we have studied combustion processes of biofuels which are modified by plasma fields or nano-catalysts. We also make novel nanostructures (nanoparticles, nanowires and nanotubes) and investigate their applications in energy storage and production. We have been greatly motivated by developing applied environmental and nanomaterial-based technologies and closely engaged with industrial partners in commercializing them. Please visit the publication page to know more about our latest progress.