During the recent funding announcement from the Government of Canada’s Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), 3 CRPuO members and professors from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science learned they were among the successful recipients of research infrastructure funding from the 2020 Innovation Fund. This competition, which takes place every two years, “supports 40 %of infrastructure costs across the full spectrum of research, from the most fundamental to applied, to technology development” (Canada Foundation for Innovation, 2021).
Pierre Berini, CRPuO Director and University Research Chair in Surface Plasmon Photonics, and Karin Hinzer, SUNLAB Director and University Research Chair in Photonic Devices for Energy, both cross-appointed Professors to the Department of Physics, were the lead PI’s on the successful collaborative proposal, Transformative nanophotonics, which supports exciting future developments for the CRPuO and our NanoFab facility. Their proposal is also 1 of 23 across Canada to have received an “exceptional project” designation from the CFI.
“Professors Pierre Berini and Karin Hinzer are leading a team of researchers exploring how photonics — the science and technology of light — will continue to transform our lives. Underpinning innovations such as mobile phone displays and medical imaging, photonics will be critical in the future for enabling biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics, autonomous driving and environmental monitoring, among many other applications. The research program proposes to further the miniaturization and integration of advanced photonic materials and fabrication processes that are of interest to various industrial sectors, including telecommunications, health care, manufacturing and energy.” (Research, University of Ottawa, 2021)
Ghassan Jabbour, Director of Advanced Materials and Devices Laboratories and Canada Research Chair (T1) in Engineered Advanced Materials and Devices, received funding for his project Center for Hybrid Interfaces and Intelligent Thin-Films (HIIT) in collaboration with Yves-Alain Peter from Polytechnique Montréal.
“This partnership between academia and industry aims to understand the interactions between thin films and interfaces of various hybrid materials and to integrate them with established technologies. Its mission is to accelerate the transition from materials development to prototype production. The research has the potential to revolutionize technological innovations such as low-cost antimicrobial smart textile applications for various uses, including personal protective equipment (PPE) that can limit the spread of COVID; labels that detect food spoilage and airborne pathogens; biometric sensors embedded in textiles that can identify disease in human sweat for early detection and prevention; and catalysts that convert CO2 and other waste products into usable fuels.” (Research, University of Ottawa, 2021).
Congratulations to all the researchers whose hard work paid off, but in particular to our members who are helping to put the University of Ottawa and Canada at the forefront of photonics research.
Canada Foundation for Innovation (2021, March 9). Major investment in innovative, world-class research to benefit all Canadians. https://www.innovation.ca/about/press-release/major-investment-innovative-world-class-research-benefit-all-canadians
Research, University of Ottawa (2021, March 9). uOttawa research receives $23-million boost from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. https://research.uottawa.ca/news/uottawa-research-receives-23-million-boost-canada-foundation-innovation#