Peter Grütter is a Professor of Physics at McGill University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Chair of the Department of Physics and Scientific Director and founder of the McGill Nanotools Microfabrication Facility. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Basel in 1989 and joined McGill University in 1994 after stays at IBM Research in California and Switzerland. He is a member of the conseil d’administration des fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) (the STEM funding agency of the province of Quebec) as well as the audit sub-committee of FRQNT. He is also a scientific advisory board member of Ananda Inc, a Montreal start-up specialized in microfluidics for the life sciences.
His research interests are in developing tools, mainly scanning probe microscopy based, and applying them to problems in nanoscience, in particular nanoelectronics. With his research group he investigates singe domain magnetic particles, quantum dots, molecules and neurons to understand their properties and structure-function relationships with the aim of understanding how these nanoscale systems process and store energy and information. He is involved in many national, international and industrial collaborations. Details on his research can be found at www.physics.mcgill.ca/~peter