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Date:6/12/2008

London, ON One looks at the 'small science' of nanomaterials, the other looks at big picture issues with the Canadian health care system. Today at The University of Western Ontario, both Franois Lagugn-Labarthet and Amardeep Thind were awarded Canada Research Chairs one of the country's most prestigious research awards.

The Chairs program has been designed to encourage and promote top research and innovation in universities. Tier One Chairs receive $200,000 annually for seven years to fund their research and are awarded to outstanding researchers who have developed reputations as world leaders in their fields. Tier Two Chairholders receive $100,000 annually for five years and are recognized as exceptional and emerging researchers with the potential to lead their respective fields.

Nanomaterials are becoming increasingly important as we strive to make smaller, faster and smarter components and devices. On a scale of one-billionth of a metre in size, however, they can be difficult to see and to analyse. As the new Tier Two Canada Research Chair in Nanomaterials and Photonics, Lagugn-Labarthet and his group are developing and combining new optical techniques that allow scientists to study nanomaterials' properties with high resolution capabilities. This is particularly important for the further development of nanostructures in biological and materials research.

"Traditional imaging techniques can intrinsically be limited in providing molecule-specific information, or in probing physical and optical properties," says Lagugn-Labarthet, who is an assistant professor in the chemistry department. Instead, he characterizes nano-objects using lasers and advanced optical microscopy techniques that provide information about the properties and functions of nanomaterials in correlation with their size, structure and composition. Rapid developments in the field of nanoscience have led to a range of promising applications, including bit-el
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Contact: Douglas Keddy
dkeddy@uwo.ca
519-661-2111
University of Western Ontario
Source:Eurekalert

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