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Volume 11, Number 17 April 30, 2004

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Researchers get $700,000 from CFI’s innovation fund

Seven researchers in chemistry, medicine and engineering at the U of S have been awarded almost $700,000 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Innovation Fund.

The grants, which cover up to 40 per cent of the cost of the research projects, support a range of initiatives that could see the development of tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to deal with waste and tailings problems in the petroleum and mining industries, to potentially provide better treatment for diseases like Alzheimer’s, and to explore radio frequency heating of food and biomaterials.

Among the grants is $86,200 to engineering researcher Reza Fotouhi for a mobile robot, an industrial arm and a set of manipulators for a robotics and control laboratory. According to CFI information, the lab – the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan – will be used to explore robotic motion and control with an eye to applications in mining, space, bioengineering industries and even farming.

Also receiving funding, in this case $137,000, is Matthew Paige in the chemistry department for his work on a state-of-the-art imaging lab that will look at techniques to measure properties of individual molecules one at a time. The outcome could be a new understanding of the physical and biological sciences.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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