University of Guelph Awarded $31.8M In Federal Funding For Innovative Carbon Capture Research

University of Guelph Awarded $31.8M in Federal Funding For Innovative Research - Carbon Herald
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Researchers at the University of Guelph have been awarded over $31.8 million in new funding from the federal government of Canada to investigate topics such as innovative solvents for carbon capture, tailored microbial colonies, and enhanced cancer treatments. 

This significant funding will allow researchers at the university to continue making advancements in these critical areas of study, furthering our understanding and potential solutions for pressing global challenges.

Several initiatives led by the University of Guelph have been granted financial support by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canada Research Chairs program, and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

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With the financial support from the NSERC, Dr. William Smith, University Professor Emeritus, and Dr. Mihai Nica, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, will be leading a team of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to explore new mechanisms for carbon capture. 

Their goal is to expand and apply a method based on theory that Dr. Smith’s research team has created for finding novel CO2 capture solvents.

Dr. Smith stated that because there are so many possible solvents, using trial-and-error experimental methods alone to find better candidates is not only time-consuming but also costly. Their method involves using molecular-based and macroscopic theories along with artificial intelligence techniques to predict the effectiveness of a solvent in capturing CO2.

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A different University of Guelph project, supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), aims to create the Microbiome Preservation and Analysis Centre (MiPAC). This facility will include a microbiome cultivation center and a dedicated microbial storage facility.

Dr. Kari Dunfield from the School of Environmental Sciences at the Ontario Agricultural College shared, “Microbes are central to some of society’s most pressing issues, such as human health, biodiversity, and global biogeochemical cycles that impact air and water quality, contaminant transport, and climate change.” 

She added, “We need new ways to study them, and MiPAC will make that possible for scientists at the U of G and other research institutions.”

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