U of T researchers receive Canada Foundation for Innovation funding for aerosol network, fluorinated pollutants lab, and bioengineering facility

Friday, December 4, 2009 11:00:00 AM

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) awarded $134.8 million to U of T and five partnering hospitals.  U of T was awarded $76.6 million for16 projects, the largest amount of investment the CFI has ever awarded to U of T since the program was founded in 1997.  Included in the funded projects at U of T were the following environmental research projects:

The Canadian Aerosol Research Network (CARN): Climate, Air Quality and Health in 2020
Project leaders: Jonathan Abbatt, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Gregory Evans, Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and Director, Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research: The Canadian Aerosol Research Network (CARN) is a new initiative formally uniting the collective expertise of three leading Canadian aerosol researchers for the first time: the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto, the Atlantic Aerosol Research Centre (AARC) at Dalhousie University, and the University of British Columbia Centre for Aerosol Research (UBC-CAR). The research themes studied will be: global and regional climate, regional air quality, urban and rural sources and population exposure, toxicology and human health.  Within these themes, CARN will address significant questions relevant to issues such as population exposure to aerosols, differences between urban and rural aerosol composition, and the effects of new vehicle emission technologies on particle emission rates and toxicity.
(This is an edited excerpt from http://www.socaar.utoronto.ca.) 
For more information, please visit http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/staff/ABBATT/home.htm; http://www.socaar.utoronto.ca

Advanced Laboratory for Fluorinated and Other New Substances in the Environment (ALFONSE)
Project leader: Scott Mabury, Professor, Department of Chemistry: Dr. Mabury's research group focuses on understanding the mechanisms and pathways that determine the environmental fate, disposition, and persistence of chemical pollutants, such as fluorinated pollutants.
For more information, please visit Dr. Mabury's homepage: http://www.chem.utoronto.ca/ppl/faculty_profile.php?id=35

BioZone: A Bioengineering Research Facility for Energy, Environmental and Economic Sustainability
Project leader: Elizabeth Edwards, Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, $3,293,750: Professor Edward's research group focuses on developing an understanding of how biological processes affect the fate of pollutants in the environment. A wide variety of techniques from analytical chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology are applied in conjunction with mass and energy balance approaches to unravel and model complex microbial processes. 
For more information, please visit Dr. Edward's homepage: http://chem-eng.utoronto.ca/~biodegraders/