From automobiles, to bridges, to airplanes, to green energy infrastructure, to electrical wiring, to cell phone circuitry and precision therapeutics it is difficult to imagine modern life devoid of metals. However, since most metals are unstable in oxygen rich environments, all metal infrastructure requires costly inspection, repair, and corrosion mitigation efforts. The aim of the C2MCI institute (see figure 1) is to develop coating materials that will enhance the stability of metals used for transportation and energy infrastructure (macro), microelectronics technology (micro) and precision therapeutics (nano). This will reduce construction and maintenance costs, open new avenues for manufacturing and lead to the production of safer precision therapeutics.

C2MCI research visual overview, infographic from macro, micro to nano

 Figure 1: A visual overview of our research


Improve stability of metal infrastructure

Design new microelectronics manufacturing processes

Improve precision, safety, & effectiveness of nanomedicines

Research Impacts

SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12, Responsible consumption and production

Our innovations will:

  •  Reduce costs associated with construction and maintenance of transportation and green energy infrastructure

  • Create high-skilled Canadian jobs in micro-electronics manufacturing

  • Develop safer and more effective precision therapeutics for cancer treatment improving  health outcomes 

Our research also makes a meaningful contribution to the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDG 9, 11, 12). Specifically, our metal coating solutions will produce more resilient transportation and green energy infrastructure. This will support Canada's move towards green energy and reduce demand for metal extraction processes which will lower greenhouse gas emissions. While more resilient metal infrastructure will reduce the leaching of contaminants into the environment from corroding metals.