Gisele Azimi partners up to transform steel industry

Professor Gisele Azimi from U of T’s departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering has received $750,000 in funding from Tenova Goodfellow, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Collaborative Research and Development Grant and the Ontario Centres of Excellence Voucher for Innovation and Productivity II Grant.

The funds will help support a four-year collaborative-research project with Tenova Goodfellow entitled, Transforming steelmaking into an environmentally sustainable industry: development of breakthrough extraction and refining technologies.

Primary steel has an annual demand of 1.6 billion tons and is produced by carbothermic reduction in blast furnace, emitting million tons of CO2 (roughly 4-7% of the total anthropogenic GHG emissions emanate from steelmaking). Environmental concerns have led industries worldwide to search for environmentally sound technologies. As a result, the steel industry is exploring the feasibility of using electrochemical technologies, which can potentially be carbon free.

Professor Azimi’s collaborative project with Tenova Goodfellow aims to transform steelmaking into an environmentally-friendly and sustainable industry by developing green processes (potentially carbon free) to extract iron from its ore. The project leverages aptitude, facilities and funds from Tenova Goodfellow – a knowledge-based, technology provider of cutting-edge expertise to a wide range of industries, in particular steelmaking.

““We’re glad to be connected to such a valuable project, which very muchis  in line with our Department’s commitment and vision to developing leading-edge technology that will help Canadian industry enhance its competitive advantage and improve our environmental footprint while also providing an outstanding educational opportunity for our students. We are also delighted to see this enhance our long-time partnership with Tenova Goodfellow with the support of the Ontario and Federal governments,” says Professor Grant Allen, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry.