Research Centres

Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research

The Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research is an interdisciplinary research organization with the mandate to develop, support and co-ordinate all materials research-related activities at McMaster. The facilities of the Institute and its pool of expertise are also available to industry and organizations that require assistance with materials research and development or material analysis.

Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing & Design

CAPPA-D is involved in research, education and technology transfer in the area of polymer processing and rheology. Projects involve formulation, conversion and characterization of plastics, mathematical modeling of single and twin screw extrusion, coextrusion, thermoforming, rotational molding, film blowing, reactive extrusion, mixing and coating.

Centre for the Effective Design of Structures

McMaster University has received a $1 million donation for an endowed chair in masonry design. The research is to help make buildings better and safer. The Martini, Mascarin and George Chair in Masonry Design will help ensure that current and future undergraduate and graduate engineering students are taught cutting-edge masonry design. It will also enable researchers to build on the current body of knowledge for building codes and standards.

Centre for Emerging Device Technologies

The Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is dedicated to reasearch in optoelectronic and electronic devices. With 14 internationally recognized full time faculty members, the Centre participates in three Ontario Centres of Excellence and two Canada Centres of Excellence. Research projects include molecular beam expitaxial deposition of semiconductor materials and structures for optoelectronic applications, and various processing technologies necessary for optoelectronic devices.

Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technologies


Centre for Research in Micro- and Nano-systems

The vision of Centre for Research in Micro- and Nano-Systems (CRMNS) is “to create innovative micro- and nano-systems for environmental and health applications, by integrating devices and components from cutting-edge, seemingly dissimilar technologies, through world-class interdisciplinary research and technology development.” The centre will house an infrastructure facility in which materials, devices and components from dissimilar technologies can be combined to create fully integrated, miniaturized (e.g. pill-sized) and robust imaging and sensing Micro- and Nano-Systems (MNS) for targeted applications in health and environmental sciences.

Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy

Safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability are ever-increasing requirements of engineered products and services. Engineers and applied scientists serve as key advisors to policy makers in both the public and private sectors. They are involved in projects dealing with such challenging areas as water, energy and transportation.

GMC Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion

Through a partnership with General Motors of Canada Limited and as a part of its Beacon Project, McMaster University has created the General Motors of Canada Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion (GMCCAMC).  The Centre's research focuses on materials engineering including themes like strip casting of sheet metal, light-weight material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. The Centre is also investigating opportunities for developing magnesium-based components for lightweight fuel-efficient vehicles.

GMC Centre for Engineering Design

Performance, environmental sustainability, safety, and efficiency are continuously increasing as part of the requirements in the design of systems, software solutions, or industrial products. In addition, innovative designs and ability to improve performance of existing systems have become a basis for a competitive advantage in the markets. Successful transformation of an idea to a complete design requires abilities to lead teams and manage steps in the design and development process as well as innovation of new concepts and engineering skills.

McMaster Centre for Pulp & Paper Research

The mission of the McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Research is to produce highly trained graduates, and world class pulp and paper science and technology. Industry-funded consortia provide a framework for scientists with strengths in colloid and surface science, polymer synthesis and characterization, modelling and transport phenomena to work together on strategic problems. World-class laboratory and pilot plant facilities support these research activities.

McMaster Centre for Software Certification (McSCert)

Software is essential to more and more products. In many industries ­ medical, automotive, aerospace, nuclear power, military equipment, for example ­ failure of software to meet its requirements can be disastrous. Society is increasingly demanding that software used in such critical systems must meet minimum safety, security and reliability standards: that it be certified as fit for use. The Centre for Software Certification was established at McMaster University in 2008. Its objective is to improve the practice of software engineering applied to critical systems involving software. Its research is into what kinds of evidence, based on scientific notions of measurement, can be obtained from software, and how different kinds of evidence may be combined. This research is partly theoretical, but also practical: the Centre works with industries involved in developing critical, software-intensive systems on their practical problems.

McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO)

MacAUTO is the newly established coordinating body for automotive research and education at McMaster University. The University’s numerous automotive-related research institutes and centres work with industry, government and academic partners in developing and commercializing new technologies and materials that will ensure the global competitiveness of Canada’s auto industry. MacAUTO is also educating a new generation of professionals ideally suited to understanding real-world issues and implementing innovative solutions.

McMaster Institute for Energy Studies

Internally, MIES provides a forum for cooperation and interdisciplinary interactions between McMaster faculty members in the energy area and acts as a point of contact at McMaster for energy-related opportunities and to communicate them to the McMaster community.  It encourages and fosters an interdisciplinary systems approach to the solution of energy problems in order to establish a credible capability for the assessment and evaluation of energy systems, thus providing authoritative advice to governments and industry.

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

The MMRI facility is designed to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, biomedical and consumer goods industries, along with the manufacturing tooling, coatings-surface engineering, die and mold support industries.  Special focus is placed on tool selection and development as well as process optimization for light weight material casting, machining, metal forming, polymer processing, heat treatment processes, robotics, automation and metrology/inspection.

Steel Research Centre

The Steel Research Centre develops research leading to commercially relevant new approaches to ironmaking, steelmaking process control, waste processing, steel product design and metal forming technologies. It also trains highly qualified personnel to provide the means of transferring new technology to the steel industry and develops continuing education for steel industry engineers to enhance the receptor capacity for innovation.