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Researchers awarded $2.8 million by NSERC


Six Queen’s University researchers have received grants totaling $2,823,354 over three years from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) 2010 Strategic Projects Grants (SPG) Program.

“These grants foster collaborative partnerships between Queen’s researchers and industry that will not only benefit Canada but will also continue to cement Queen’s reputation as a global leader in innovative research,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss. “The Strategic Project Grants Program increases research and training in key areas and forges strong links between industry partners, our researchers, and our students.”

The six SPG grant recipients are:

• Neil Hoult (Civil Engineering) – $532,850 over three years to develop better ways to monitor and assess concrete bridges using sensor and analysis technology to ensure that bridges in Canada can be maintained more effectively. A multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers at Queen’s, the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa will share the grant.

• John Cartledge (Electrical and Computer Engineering) — $434,385 over three years to devise improved signal processing techniques for advanced fiber-optic communications. This research will benefit industries that manufacture telecommunications equipment and components.

• Mohamed Ibnkahla (Electrical and Computing Engineering) — $504,650 over three years to work on enabling cognition in wireless sensor networks.

• Cathleen Crudden (Chemistry) – $450,000 over three years to develop a metal-free method for the reduction of organic compounds with research associate Douglas Stephen and colleagues from the University of Toronto.

• Kevin Robbie (Engineering Physics and Astronomy) — $477,000 over three years to develop cost-effective manufacturing processes for nano-engineered coatings.

• Bernard Kueper (Civil Engineering) – $402,300 over three years to develop gas enhanced in-situ treatments for rapid site remediation.

“We value the fact that the SPG Program encourages these pioneering multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations,” adds Vice-Principal Liss.

For more details visit the NSERC Strategic Project Grants Program web site.

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