“I show my students that they can compete with researchers from some of the best universities in the world,” he says. “Going to international conferences is a way for them to measure how they stand up. They can see that they are just as good.”
Botton uses advanced microscopy techniques to examine materials at the atomic scale and to develop more energy-efficient products including batteries, fuel cells and lighting applications. “We want to create battery materials that use renewable energies and are better for the environment.”
Botton has earned several accomplishments that have helped his team compete on the world stage and generate new collaborations between researchers. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Electron Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials; he was the recipient of the 2017 Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award at McMaster and he was selected as the 2017 recipient of Canadian Materials Science Conference Metal Physics Award.
Botton also attributes diversity to his group’s success.
“I have a close-knit group of men and women from all over the world. They bring together different experiences and educational backgrounds that help make our research world-class.”