Canada Foundation for Innovation awards $1.6M to University of Ottawa researchers

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Heather KharoubaAdina Luican-Mayer and Baptiste Lacoste - University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa researchers studying everything from smart textile fabrication to new ways to prevent stroke and vascular dementia have received a $1.6 million boost from the Government of Canada for the cutting-edge tools they need to keep Canada at the forefront of innovation. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of science, announced the funding, which will be directed through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund.

“Through its financial support, the Canada Foundation for Innovation is helping to support our unique research environment, which engages students in hands-on training to develop the next generation of Canadian innovators,” said Mona Nemer, vice-president, research, at the University of Ottawa.

The seven campus projects include the following:

Why different species react differently to climate change
Heather Kharouba’s research into the climatic mechanisms that affect species’ distributions and interactions will study how and why species vary in response to climate change, and will improve our knowledge about species’ responses in Ontario and Canada, with potential implications for forest pest management and conservation management of vulnerable species.

Low-cost fabrication of smart textiles
Ghassan Jabbour’s research into low-cost fabrication of nanomaterials and conductive textile will capitalize on his innovations in reactive inkjet printing (RIJ) and flexible device fabrication research. It will enable the low-cost reactive roll-to-roll fabrication of nanoparticles and quantum dots required for the development of smart textile applications.

Impossibly thin materials transforming sensors and lasers
Antonio Badolato’s research into 2D materials like graphene (with a thickness of approximately one billionth of a metre) aims to provide the foundation for potentially transformative optoelectronic devices such as flexible sensors, lasers and sources of non-classical light.

Stroke and vascular dementia at the molecular level
Baptiste Lacoste’s research will focus on investigating the cellular and molecular basis of brain vessel remodelling, with the goal of identifying new therapeutic targets to prevent or counter cerebrovascular diseases, such as stroke and vascular dementia.

Protecting fish from contaminants
Jan Mennigen’s research will study the regulation and disruption of metabolism in two fish models, rainbow trout and zebrafish, in order to improve fish growth in aquaculture and assess the risk of aquatic contaminants to fish.

Visualizing and controlling materials on an atomic scale
Adina Luican-Mayer’s research aims to reveal novel properties of atomically thin materials that can be leveraged to develop the next generation of electronic-optoelectronic devices and energy applications. To uncover these properties her laboratory is using scanning tunnelling microscopy, an experimental technique that allows for the visualization and control of matter on an atomic scale.

More efficient designer organic molecules
Fabien Gagosz’s research into new tools and methods for organic synthesis is expected to have a direct impact on the field of chemical synthesis by providing new ways to design the construction of organic molecules more efficiently, which will be of high value to the chemical industry.

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