Dr. Christopher James Backhouse, Professor, P.Eng.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and
Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology,
University of Waterloo,
200 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1, Canada

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 31467
Office: QNC 3622

Professor Chris Backhouse has developed quantum and biomedical devices and their instrumentation, both in industry and in academic research. These have ranged from quantum devices for real-time, non-invasive imaging of brain activity, to microfluidic genetic analysis instrumentation. Other research areas have involved electrochemistry, radio-isotope manufacture, remote sensing and radio astronomy. Present activities are largely focused upon lab-on-chip devices and applications, often with CMOS integration. A developing area of his research is the use of lab-on-chip devices to explore quantum effects in biological systems. 

Research Areas

  • Quantum devices (High and low Tc tunnel devices, nanobiotechnology-based devices)
  • Biomedical engineering, MEMS/MOEMS and CMOS integration 
  • Lab on chip devices and medical diagnostics
  • Remote sensing and radio astronomy