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Advanced materials: $3M in funding for projects led by Professors Fabio Cicoira and Oussama Moutanabbir

November 25, 2019 - Source : NEWS

Professor Fabio Cicoira, (Department of Chemical Engineering) and Professor Oussama Moutanabbir (Canada Research Chair in Nano and Hybrid Materials) of the Department of Engineering Physics, will each lead collaborative projects with close of $3M in funding.

These innovative projects will focus on the development of new, state-of-the-art materials as part of the Federal government’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program.

The IDEaS program is an innovation network led by Canadian universities, established to help solve challenges faced by the defence and security sectors. Projects are collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature, and comprise researchers from no less than three separate organizations. The overarching goal? To solve at least one of the challenges outlined by the IDEaS program’s mandate.

Prof. Cicoira’s Project

Adaptable, scalable, and self-repairing electro-optical materials that evade detection and provide security cover

For this project, Polytechnique Montréal will create a micro-network focused on electronic and photonic materials intended for use in adaptable, scalable devices for electromagnetic shielding and camouflaging, and which will also have self-repair capacities, and can biodegrade. Use of a micro-network is intended to facilitate the creation of flexible, scalable disruptor devices with integrated electromagnetic interference shielding, as well as camouflage and adaptive imitation capacities.

Funding: $1,499,814

Fabio Cicoira, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Fabio Cicoira, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Oussama Moutanabbir’s Project

A compact photonic platform for the mid-infra-red terahertz spectrum, based on scalable semiconductor technology

This project consists of Polytechnique Montréal establishing a micro-network to create a compact, adaptable, and adjustable photonic platform, using new functional and scalable semiconductor nanomaterials. These advanced materials will attempt to resolve current challenges related to the development of light sources, detectors, and sensors functioning as part of strategically important electromagnetic spectrums. Such a new photonic platform could reduce production costs, in addition to offering an increased level of integration for electronic elements, and a wider range of emitted and detected wavelengths.

Funding: $1,500,000

Oussama Moutanabbir
Oussama Moutanabbir, Full Professor, Department of Engineering Physics.

About the IDEaS Program

Of the course of the next 20 years, the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program has earmarked $1.6 billion in research funds to meet defence and security-related global, modern, and complex challenges. The program ensures that Canada can establish a military that possesses flexibility and effectiveness as critical capacities, via the granting of financial support, contracts, subventions, and contribution agreements that promote innovation. The IDEaS program helps researchers and innovators by supporting analysis, funding research, and developing processes that provide access to knowledge. IDEaS also supports the testing, integration, adoption, and acquisition of ingenious solutions intended for Canada’s defence and security communities


Learn more

Expertise profile of Professor Fabio Cicoira
Website of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Expertise profile of Professor Oussama Moutanabbir
Website of the Department of Engineering Physics
Website of the IDEaS Program

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