New applied research partnership will bolster entrepreneurship in Sarnia
August 19, 2014 – Sarnia, Ontario – Industry Canada
Researchers at Lambton College will expand their development and testing of next-generation batteries in partnership with business thanks to an investment by the Harper Government. The investment was one of four highlighted by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), and Patricia Davidson, Member of Parliament for Sarnia–Lambton, today in Sarnia.
Lambton College will purchase specialized equipment for testing eco-friendly nano-engineered materials—tiny engineered structures that are a fraction of the width of a human hair.
Dr. Shahram Karimi, NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Advanced Material Development for Generation, Storage and Integration of Renewable Energy and professor at Lambton College, and his research team are already using nano-engineered materials to develop the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. This type of lighter-weight, longer-lasting and quicker-charging battery could soon be used in smartphones and tablets, allowing them to become fully charged in seconds.
Nano-engineered materials offer a cost-effective alternative for Canadian manufacturers because they result in products that are stronger and lighter to transport, thereby saving on energy and fuel. The materials are also a clean alternative to fossil fuels, which benefits the health and well-being of all Canadians.
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