Prof. Erin Bobicki among five U of T Engineering researchers awarded NSERC Strategic Partnerships Grant

New funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will advance U of T Engineering research in a wide range of areas, from digital infrastructure to advanced manufacturing.

NSERC recently announced five Strategic Partnership Grants to help U of T engineers address complex global challenges, including improved methods for sharing data from consumer devices and analytics that enhance quality control in factories.

Professor Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE) has received funding to further her work on combining CO2 storage with mineral processing. Certain mineral processing wastes have the capacity to store CO2 in mineral form. CO2 also has the potential to be used as a novel reagent to enhance the separation of minerals and stabilize waste materials. This presents an opportunity to both store CO2 captured from flue gases or other industrial sources and enhance the extraction of metals from ores. Depending on the regulatory framework or incentives around CO2 sequestration, these processes could add new revenue streams for mineral processing companies. This project will investigate the potential viability of these new strategies.

In total, the NSERC strategic partnerships grant program will invest more than $2.6 million in U of T Engineering and more than $3.8 million across the entire University.

“These projects are illustrative of the way that our professors and students are creating tomorrow’s technologies today,” said Ramin Farnood, Vice-Dean, Research at U of T Engineering. “Together with our partners, we are leveraging engineering innovation to build a more prosperous and sustainable world.”

To learn more about U of T Engineer’s principal investigators who have been award NSERC strategic partnership grants and their associated projects click HERE.