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Elliott Building

University of Victoria

3800 Finnerty Road

Victoria, BC V8P 5C2


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Please join us to welcome Ian Manners, the new Canada 150 Research Chair to the University of Victoria and learn about the research facilities available at the Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technologies (CAMTEC). These 20 million dollars worth of facilities are available for training, collaborative research or fee-for-service work. We thank NSERC for sponsorship of this event.

Ian Manners will present a lecture entitled "Functional Polymers and Nanoparticles : Synthesis, Properties, and Applications”

8:30: Coffee and Pastries (Elliot 226)

9:00-11:00: Welcome and Lab Tours of Chemistry and CAMTEC Facilities (FBS, FIPS, Nanofab and AMF) (Elliott Building and Bob Wright Building)

11:15-3:30: Research Seminars and Lunch. Ian Manners; NSERC, and Industry speakers. (University Club)

3:30-5:00: Poster Session, Drinks and Appetizers (University Club)


Please select tickets to :

Lab Tours ( 8:30-11:00)


Research Seminar and Posters (11:15-5:00)

Note: You do NOT need to bring a print-out of the ticket. We will have registration lists at the door.

Detailed Agenda

11:15 : David Castle- Vice President Research - Welcome and Introduction

11:25 Ian Manners-CRC 150 “ Functional Polymers and Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

12:10 Joaquin Trapero - Director Institutional Programs-Overview of CAMTEC

12:15 Sandy Reid Research & Innovation Development Officer, NSERC Pacific Office, Overview of NSERC Programs

12:20 Lunch

1:00 Sahar Sam-Research Scientist, QuirkLogic

1:20 Keith Culver-Professor- UBC’s Survive and Thrive Applied Research Initiative (STAR)

1:40 Short Company Intros [3 min each]

Sam Mercer Eupraxia

Adil Kassam, StemCell

Jared Boorman, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architect Ltd.

1:50 Coffee

2:10 Heather Buckley-Assistant Professor, CRC- University of Victoria

2:25 David Leitch- Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

2:40 Katherine Elvira-represented by a student Assistant Professor, CRC- University of Victoria

2:50 Samuel Clarke, Director of Research & Development Precision Nano Systems

3:20 Short Company Intros [3 min each]

Richard Burford, Switch Materials

Josh Dong SeaStar

Nick Allan, Starfish

3:30: Neil Burford: Closing Remarks.

An Introduction to Ian Manners.

An internationally recognized researcher renowned for his leading-edge work in molecular and materials chemistry Ian Manners is the University of Victoria’s first Canada 150 Research Chair.

Ian Manners was previously a professor at the University of Bristol in Britain, where he’s the chair of inorganic, macromolecular and materials chemistry. His many patents, awards and research papers—pioneering, for example, a method of creating tiny polymer particles up to 10,000 times smaller than a human hair—have made him one of the most cited chemistry researchers in the world, with more than 37,000 citations to date.

David Castle, UVic vice-president research, praised the Canada 150 program for providing a unique opportunity to attract “a true international leader” in materials science to the university. Manners will be working with science and engineering researchers, and with UVic’s Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology (CAMTEC).

What is CAMTEC amd FBS, FIBS, Nanofab and AMF?

There are four core facilities that make up CAMTEC.They are the Facility for Biomolecular Sample Preparation (FBS), Facility for Imaging, Photonics and Spectroscopy (FIPS), Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab) and Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF). During the laboratory tours, participants will view the instruments available, ask questions of the researchers who run the facilities and also watch demos of selected instruments.

I hear you have the most powerful microscope in the universe. Is that true?

Powerful is defined in several different ways. To be precise, we currently house the highest resolution electron microscope (STEHM) in the world. We do not know how we rank in comparison to other microscopes that may or may not exist elsewhere in the universe. The highest resolution microscope on the planet can be found in the Advanced Microscopy Facility (AMF).

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Aislinn Sirk ( with any of your questions about this event.

I want to know more! Do you have a website?

Yes! Please visit our CAMTEC website for more information. Read a news story about Ian Manners here or visit his research webpage here.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, if you cannot attend, please feel free to invite a colleague.

This looks like the best thing ever and I really want to see this amazing microscope and all the incredible things at CAMTEC and the Chemistry department because it will be so useful in my research, but I just can't attend on the date. I am devastated. What can I do?

Please contact Aislinn Sirk ( and we can work to make arrangments for a separate visit.

About Us

CAMTEC is a vibrant environment for advanced materials research and nanotechnology at the University of Victoria consisting of a multidisciplinary team of 31 core Faculty members and around 120 academic researchers (students, postdocs, technical personnel). The Centre houses more than $20M in research infrastructure and the expertise spans from life sciences and oncology through civil and aeronautic engineering. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about the training, fee-for-service and private and public sector collaboration opportunities available at CAMTEC.

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University of Victoria

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Victoria, BC V8P 5C2


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