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Posted: Mar 23, 2012
University of Waterloo awarded Canada Research Chair for nanotechnology research
(Nanowerk News) The University of Waterloo has cemented its place in the top echelon of Canadian research centres after six of its researchers received $7.5-million to pursue projects ranging from alternative energy storage to improved interactive audio.
The latest round of funding for Canada Research Chairs puts Waterloo in the top five research universities across the country. These research professorships allow faculty members to focus on their research and train the next generation of leading scientists.
"This support underscores the importance and impact of research taking place at the University of Waterloo," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president & vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "Not only is the work that received this funding changing how we interact with technology and live our lives today, but it is shaping how our society will work in the future."
The six Canada Research Chairs from the University of Waterloo included a CRC in Solid State Energy Materials, going to Professor Linda Nazar, Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology. She receives $1.4 million over seven years (Renewal). Research: One of the greatest challenges to the sustainable energy field is adequate storage. For 15 years, Nazar has focused her research on developing new materials to store and deliver energy at a high rate. This ongoing work is exploring the potential of nanotechnology to improve rechargeable batteries, like those used in plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Canada Research Chairs is a federally funded program that is part of a strategy to make Canada one of the top research and development countries in the world. The program invests $300 million annually to attract and retain to top researchers in the world.