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Paradigm-shifting Research for the Greater Global Good: Setting the Stage for our Future Direction

Materials and the Built Society

Everything is built from something. The materials we produce and the way in which they are used, affect every aspect of our lives—our health, home, work, and play. From the study of new steel alloys to neutrons and silicon chips, from the safety and efficacy of our roads to the strength of our bridges, from advanced robotics to smart cars, our ability to understand the behaviour of materials and how they are produced is fundamental to the modern world.

Our technologies are helping in the development of safe, smart communities. We’re creating new materials and devising innovative applications for them. And we continue to be called upon by industry and government leaders for our manufacturing expertise.

  • McMaster is home to North America’s largest materials facility, the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, whose advanced equipment is being used to create new materials for everything from solar cells to drug delivery;
  • The Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, based at McMaster, is a world leader in the development and commercialization of molecular imaging probes to detect cancer;
  • The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is accelerating research on electrified and autonomous vehicles, and identifying light materials to make cars more fuel efficient;
  • McMaster’s Biointerfaces Institute and Fraunhofer Project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing are at the forefront of cutting-edge research to deliver next-generation cell therapies and point-of-care diagnostics;
  • McMaster’s Centre for Emerging Device Technologies is using silicon chip technology to create new, faster, and more efficient ways of processing information;
  • The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute is one of the country’s most advanced and best-equipped research laboratories designed to meet the sophisticated needs of leading manufacturers;
  • The macGRID Simulation Research Network houses technologies to facilitate urban planning through the development of virtual cities;
  • The McMaster Institute for Multi-Hazard Systemic Risk Studies develops systemic riskbased tools to enhance the resilience of our built and natural environment systems in Canada and around the world.

These and other premier facilities combine to offer an exceptional environment for the creation of new knowledge and the incubation of new discoveries that are strengthening Canada’s competitiveness and enhancing the quality of our lives at every level.