Four New NSERC Strategic Grants

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering recently received 12 NSERC strategic grants with four of them being awarded to the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry.

The objective of NSERC’s strategic grants program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next ten years. The program is aimed particularily at funding early-stage, high-risk projects that might otherwise have trouble attracting the funds needed to carry out their research.

The four ChemE recipients are:

  • Grant Allen: Developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water.
  • Cathy Chin: Catalytic conversion of methane from alternative feedstocks to higher value products.
  • Ramin Farnood: Developing novel electro-spun nano-fibre membrane absorption systems for water treatment.
  • Charles Jia: High performance, low-cost porous carbons from oil sands petroleum coke.

“These projects have the potential to bring great benefits to society in coming years, and we are extremely grateful to NSERC for championing this kind of work, and for its continued investment in U of T research,” said Professor Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.