The McMaster University Centre for Electrophotonic Materials and Devices (CEMD) was founded in 1987. The Centre's mandate was to foster collaboration between faculty from different disciplines with an interest in photonic and electronic materials and devices. It earned its reputation as a pre-eminent research centre from its demonstrated ability to grow high quality, complex quantum well structures, and to fabricate state-of-the-art optoelectronic devices from these compound semiconductor structures.
Since 1987, the Centre has grown significantly. Though its focus is still on photonic and electronic materials and devices, the implementation of that mandate has broadened dramatically. The range of the Centre's research initiatives now also extends to optical-based sensors, communications for computing, and technology broadly related to human health. The interdisciplinary research environment at McMaster University has nurtured a truly interdisciplinary approach to photonics research.
In 2005 the Centre's name was changed to the Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) in order to better reflect the increasingly diverse range of research interests in which its members now specialize. The principal goal of current Director, Dr. Rafael Kleiman, is the continued expansion of the CEDT's facilities and the enhancement of the diversity of the Centre's photonics-related research. The Centre hopes to attract many new users and partners from within and outside McMaster University, who bring with them new research directions, approaches, and applications.