Innovations in Semiconductor Development at the University of Waterloo QNC

February 22, 2018

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a technique that could potentially allow for the mass production of semiconductors made of single-walled carbon nanotubes.  These carbon-based semiconductors have the potential to be cheaper, smaller, faster and more energy efficient than those made from silicon.  This research was conducted at the University’s Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC), which opened in 2012 and is shared between the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.  The 285,000 SF facility was built at a cost of $160M with the support of Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Canada.  Mr. Lazaridis was the founder of Blackberry and has a long-time interest in quantum computing and communication.   CGA provided vibration and acoustics consulting for the design and construction of the QNC, to help ensure that the facility would provide the extremely low-noise and low-vibration environments required for this type of research.