Technical University Munich and University of Alberta partner up to create the next generation of nanotech experts


Initiated in 2010, an informal collaboration between University of Alberta materials chemistry professor Jonathan Veinot and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rieger, chemistry professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has been formalized into the Alberta/TUM International Graduate School (ATUMS) for Hybrid Functional Materials, thanks to a $1.65-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program.

The school will fund approximately 25 students and will not only train students in the traditional methods, but also enhance that training by giving students exposure to the business development side of discovery beyond the lab. The main focus of the research will be the investigation and synthesis of new hybrid functional materials used to advance everything from electronics and automotive batteries to solar panels. Veinot says that mechanisms already in place between Bavaria and Alberta were instrumental in forging this partnership, as was the U of A’s materials chemistry renown.

“Thanks to their International Graduate School for Science and Engineering (IGSSE), students at TUM often have greater access to soft skills training—everything from intellectual property to presentations to professional interactions,” said Veinot. “Meanwhile, our students have exceptional expertise in materials characterization and synthesis.

NSERC’s CREATE program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and post-doctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, address significant scientific challenges associated with Canada’s research priorities, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

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