Professor Michael Brett holds the NSERC/AITF/Micralyne Senior Industrial Research Chair, an AITF Professorship, and is a Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Films and Devices. He is cross-appointed as a Senior Research Officer with the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology, heading the Engineered Materials for Energy Group. Dr Brett has led the development of the Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD) technique for nanostructuring thin film materials.
Research interests are focused on developing and improving new techniques for controlled fabrication of micro- and nanostructures. The GLAD process, developed in this lab and now used worldwide, is central to this research. Device applications of this technology are pursued in conjunction with industrial collaborator and sponsor Micralyne, a microdevice and micromachining company located in Edmonton.
Current projects include nanostructuring of materials for application to photovoltaics and fuel cells, sensor and analytical devices utilizing porous materials, and nanoscale chiral thin films for photonics and photonic crystal applications. These projects make use of the extensive fabrication and characterization equipment located at the University of Alberta and at the NRC National Institute of Nanotechnology, and are conducted in collaboration with local and international researchers, corporations and institutes.