Research Infrastructure

Members of the Faculty of Engineering research community have access to world-class facilities that provide the infrastructure to support shared research goals.

The nanoFAB is a centralized, open access research and development facility specializing in micro and nano scale fabrication and characterization - the largest of its kind in Canada. The nanoFAB is committed to supporting academic and industrial innovation from design through characterization, transitioning ideas into real-world innovations and prototypes.  The facility provides training, services and access to $85M in specialized equipment and infrastructure including a comprehensive suite of 200 tools for nano-science and engineering.(

The National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) is a joint venture with the National Research Council Canada (NRC), the University of Alberta and the Government of Alberta that hosts world-leading facilities and research programs involving more than 300 researchers. Our faculty works collaboratively with NINT, conducting leading-edge interdisciplinary research with its researchers in engineering, science, medicine and more. (

The Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, located in Devon, Alberta, is a facility designed to support substantial fundamental tailings research at a pilot scale (600 and 2000 kg solids per hour) and accommodate multiple, concurrent interdisciplinary research projects. (

The Peter S. Allen Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is a 100-per-cent research dedicated, state-of-the-art MRI facility located inside the University Hospital. Recently expanded through a $17.5 M grant anchored by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Centre houses 1.5 T, 3 T and 4.7 T full-body MRI systems (