The Douglas R. Colton Medal
for Research Excellence

2018 Winner Alphonsus Ng, University of Toronto

Dr. Ng was recognized for his development of exciting new applications of digital microfluidics, in which electrical fields are used to manipulate microscopic droplets of water. This process, which enables researchers to observe and understand the complex workings inside cells, enabled Dr. Ng to develop groundbreaking technologies with global applications in the fields of disease detection and analysis.


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About the Colton Medal

Canada’s National Design Network® (CNDN), managed by CMC Microsystems, has honoured excellence in Canadian micro-nano research for more than 20 years through its annual Douglas R. Colton award.

Established in honour of the founding president of CMC Microsystems, this award includes a medal and a monetary prize of $4,500.

Nomination Information

Candidates for the award may be faculty, students or alumni who have successfully completed a Master's or PhD degree in a Canadian university within the previous three calendar years. 

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