Leading sustainability, environmental and green energy research at Queen's
Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering), head of Energy and Power Electronics Applied Research Laboratory
(ePOWER) – energy efficiency improvements within electrical energy.
Brant Peppley (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cells – fuel cell technology.
Steve Harrison (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), leads Queen’s Solar Calorimetry Laboratory – designing, analyzing, modelling and improving solar heating systems and components.
Joshua Pearce (Mechanical and Materials Engineering) – renewable energy engineering.
Bryne Purchase (Policy Studies) – energy policy.
BIOCAP Canada Foundation – helped lay the groundwork for Canada’s transformation towards a sustainable bioeconomy.
Sustainable Bio-Economy Centre – moving from the current fossil- fuel-based economy to a biological resources-based economy.
Andrew Pollard (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), director of Queen’s Sustainable Bio-Economy Centre – computational and experimental fluid dynamics.
Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering) – tunneling, soil reinforcement, geosynthetics and waste management, contaminant containment and safe landfill design.
Green chemistry research
GreenCentre Canada, a National Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, bringing together Canada’s leading green chemistry researchers, industry partners and commercialization professionals to develop cleaner, less energy-intensive solutions for traditional chemical and manufacturing processes.
Philip Jessop (Chemistry) – “green” chemical methods for separating oil and water, or solvents, using carbon dioxide and air.
Neal Scott (Geography), Canada Research Chair in Greenhouse Gas Dynamics and Ecosystem Management – impacts of reforestation on greenhouse gas emissions.
John Smol (Biology), Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, founder and co-director of Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL) – natural and human impacts on lakes and ecosystems.
Bruce Pardy (Law) – environmental law and issues related to international climate change agreements, environmental governance, ecosystem management, environmental liability and water law.
Andrew Daugulis (Chemical Engineering) – producing ethanol from renewable resources as a viable alternative for automotive fuel, and developing bioreactors for the destruction of toxic compounds.
Paul Grogan (Biology), Canada Research Chair in Climate
Change Effects on Northern Ecosystems – Arctic ecosystems response to changes in summer air temperature, winter snow accumulation, vegetation distribution and caribou migration.
Kurt Kyser (Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering) – new ways to protect the environment, the safety of our food and environmentally responsible extraction of mineral resources.
Water quality research
Stephen Brown (Chemistry and Environmental Studies) – new methods of environmental analysis, with emphasis on detecting
small organic compounds in water samples.
Linda Campbell (Environmental Studies and Biology), Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health – aquatic systems health, heavy metal contamination, management and remediation,
mostly in the Great Lakes.
Gary vanLoon (Chemistry, Environmental Studies) – environmental chemistry, drinking water chemistry, waste water treatment and groundwater remediation procedures.
Kent Novalkowski (Civil Engineering) – creating tools that protect municipal drinking water from its source in the watershed to the taps in people’s homes.