Two professors earn prestigious Killam Fellowships
Queen’s University professors Kerry Rowe (civil engineering) and Suning Wang (chemistry) have been awarded 2012 Killam Research Fellowships for their work in the fields of ecology and the environment.
The Killam Fellowship is one of Canada’s most distinguished research awards.
The two-year $140,000 grant allows professors time away from teaching and administrative duties, giving them the opportunity to concentrate on research.
Dr. Rowe’s research involves examining the effectiveness of modern barrier systems used in landfills to contain contaminants. He is also developing guidelines for the design of barrier systems and landfill operations to provide long-term environmental protection. His methods have been adopted by regulatory authorities in Canada and around the world.
"I feel very honoured,” says Dr. Rowe. “This fellowship will allow me the time needed to advance understanding of future long-term containment of chemicals now found in waste that were not present at the time when most modern regulations were developed.”
Dr. Wang’s research focuses on the development of devices that are expected to gradually replace current lighting technologies.
She will continue her study of blue phosphorescent compounds for high-efficiency organic light-emitting devices. These compounds could be used in light bulbs that would consume less energy than incandescent bulbs without the need for toxic metals present in fluorescent bulbs.
Dr. Wang also recently received $462,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for her project. She says the grant will give her more time to spend with students.
The recipients were chosen by the Killam Selection Committee, which included 15 eminent scientists and scholars representing a broad range of disciplines. The Fellowships are administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.