The federal government will invest more than $2.3 million in funding over three years for four research projects targeting sustainable technologies, led by Professors Sarah Dorner, Raman Kashyap and Oussama Moutanabbir of Polytechnique Montréal.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science, recently announced the funding, part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants program, at an event held at the University of Ottawa. A total of $50,014,110 will be granted over three years to 94 projects on which university research units, private companies and government organizations are collaborating.
Four research projects being led by three Polytechnique Montréal professors are among those receiving funding from NSERC, for a total of $2,376,044 over three years:
- Sarah Dorner, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, has been awarded NSERC funding for the research project “Urban Stormwater and Municipal Effluents: Innovative Solutions for Source-Water Protection;”
- Raman Kashyap, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Engineering Physics, will receive support for the research project “LIMONCELLO: Laser-WrItten Millimetre-Long Nanocrystalline Lanthanide Waveguide Lasers with Rare-Earth Doping.” The project is being conducted in collaboration with Professor Younès Messaddeq of the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at Université Laval;
- Professor Kashyap has also been awarded NSERC funding for the research project “WOMBLE: Waveguides and Optical Materials for Biomedical and High-Resolution Sensing Applications Using Light Enhancement,” also conducted in collaboration with Professor Messaddeq of Université Laval;
- Oussama Moutanabbir, Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics, will receive funding for the research project “Silicon-Compatible Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Shortwave Infrared Up-Conversion Device.”
“Connecting Canada's scientists and engineers with companies and government organizations is vital for creating new jobs and sustainable growth that support a clean, innovative society,” Minister Duncan said, adding: “Our government’s support for such partnerships strengthens talent in key research areas where Canada can be a world leader while simultaneously focusing on fundamental societal and economic issues that will benefit all Canadians and support a stronger middle class.”
Dr. Bettina Hamelin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC, noted: “NSERC has made significant investments in unique programs that build strong connections between Canada's brain trust, industry and government sectors. We are proud to support these partnerships tackling significant challenge-driven research that strengthens public policy while also meeting industrial needs.”
There are currently nine research projects led by Polytechnique Montréal professors receiving NSERC funding through the Strategic Partnership Grants program.
Left to right: Sarah Dorner, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering; Raman Kashyap, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Engineering Physics; Oussama Moutanabbir, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Physics, Polytechnique Montréal.
Expertise profile of professor Sarah Dorner
Expertise profile of professor Raman Kashyap
Expertise profile of professor Oussama Moutanabbir
List of recipients of the 2016 strategic partnership grants for projects from NSERC