Developing Greener Vehicles And Breakthrough Medical Technologies



    McGuinty Government Promoting Global Scientific Collaboration

    MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is
investing $150,000 to support scientific collaboration between McMaster
University and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
    Researchers from both universities will share knowledge, ideas and
resources including McMaster's powerful Titan electron microscope - one of the
most powerful microscopes in the world.
    Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson made the announcement
today in Melbourne, Australia, where he took part in an event to celebrate the
partnership.
    Today's investment is being made through Ontario's International
Strategic Opportunities Program (ISOP) and will support cutting-edge work by
researchers at McMaster University's Canadian Centre for Electron
Microscopy (CCEM).

    
    The new funding will:

    -   Help McMaster establish a worldwide program to put the CCEM at the
        forefront of international research in electron microscopy

    -   Help researchers develop new techniques for using the powerful
        microscope - materials research that will lead to cutting-edge
        products ranging from lighter, more energy-efficient cars to
        breakthrough medical technologies to help better understand cancerous
        cells and other diseases

    -   Build on the $7.15 million that Ontario has already invested in
        McMaster's electron microscopy programs.
    

    "Ontario is home to some of the brightest minds that are putting Hamilton
on the map as an international hub and global leader in this area of
scientific expertise," said MPP for Hamilton-Mountain, Sophia Aggelonitis.
"Today we are building on McMaster's strengths in the field of nanoresearch
because the economic benefits for Hamilton - and the opportunities for
commercialization, and future job growth in this area - are very exciting."
    "Supporting world-class research is part of the McGuinty government's
strategy to compete and win in the global, knowledge-based economy," said
Wilkinson. "Ontarians will benefit from new technologies, better health care,
a cleaner environment and more opportunities for success."
    Minister Wilkinson is in Australia representing Premier Dalton McGuinty
as part of a Canadian delegation attending the Australian Council of the
Federation Summit where he will lead a discussion on innovation.
Representatives from six Canadian provinces are meeting with their Australian
counterparts to build stronger relations and identify new opportunities for
collaboration.
    "This collaboration between McMaster and Monash - along with our growing
network of international partners - is building a bridge to share knowledge,
instrumentation, expertise and new ideas," said Mo Elbestawi, Vice-President
of Research and International Affairs at McMaster University. "McMaster is
home to the world's most powerful electron microscope: through this program,
we're now able to bring the world's brightest minds and best ideas together to
create tomorrow's discoveries."
    "Monash University is thrilled to form a new research partnership with
McMaster University thanks to this investment by the Ontario government," said
Professor Edwina Cornish, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Monash
University in Melbourne. "Monash University is home to some of the world's
leading researchers, who will bring their knowledge, research data and
creativity to this project - all vital ingredients for breakthrough
discoveries in the field of nanoresearch."

    Learn more about the International Strategic Opportunities Program

    Learn more about McMaster's Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

    Learn more about Monash University

    
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                         DEVELOPING GREENER VEHICLES
                    AND BREAKTHROUGH MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES
    

    Developing Tomorrow's Advanced Materials Today
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    Ontario is investing $150,000 to support an international collaboration
between Ontario researchers at McMaster University and Australian researchers
at Monash University to develop the next generation of advanced materials for
use in greener vehicles and technologies that can help doctors better
understand diseases such as cancer.
    The research will be lead by scientists at McMaster's Canadian Centre for
Electron Microscopy (CCEM), a state-of-the-art facility equipped with some of
the most powerful electron microscopes in the world.


    Researchers At McMaster And Monash Universities Will Collaborate To
    Develop New Techniques And Solutions For Working With Nanomaterials
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    Nanotechnology is the application of science and engineering at an atomic
scale. It facilitates the construction of new materials and devices by
manipulating individual atoms and molecules, the building blocks of nature.
Nanotechnology enables the atom-by-atom design and fabrication of tiny
structures that are very small - typically 1 to 100 nanometres (one nanometer
is equal to one billionth of a metre). These structures have new properties
and powerful applications in medicine and biotechnology, energy and the
environment, and computing and telecommunications.
    As the use of nanomaterials grows in mainstream manufacturing, many
industries are in the market for ultra-high resolution imaging technologies.
For example, aerospace and auto manufacturers depend on high-performance
materials, and those materials need to be increasingly light and strong to
improve performance and fuel economy. Materials that spring from
nanotechnology will play a key role.
    But manipulating, studying and working with components that are too small
to see presents a fundamental challenge. Part of the solution has been to
develop more powerful microscopes that can magnify to the atomic scale - as
well as examine, cut, and manipulate samples. Technology at McMaster
University is giving scientists the ability to do all that and more, using
McMaster's Titan electron microscope, which is able to magnify to a high scale
and produce an image of world-record resolution.
    Today's investment is building on this strength, enabling researchers at
McMaster University to collaborate with Australian researchers to share
expertise and develop new techniques for using McMaster's Titan electron
microscope.
    The research will be used to develop cutting-edge materials that will be
used in products ranging from lighter and more energy-efficient cars, to
breakthrough medical technologies like fluorescent tags that will help
researchers better understand cancerous cells and other diseases.
    Together, McMaster and Monash researchers will also develop methods to
train the next generation of electron microscopy scientists by establishing a
worldwide workshop and outreach program that will put McMaster's CCEM at the
forefront of international research in electron microscopy.

    
    Key Facts
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    -   Ontario's support comes from the McGuinty government's International
        Strategic Opportunities Program, which encourages world-class
        research partnerships between Ontario research institutions and the
        global research community.

    -   Today's investment builds on the $7.15 million Ontario has already
        invested in McMaster's electron microscopy programs.

    -   There are a wide range of commercial applications for this joint
        research initiative:

        -  New green materials to improve environmental protection, such as
           fuel cells and hydrogen storage materials
        -  Ultra light-weight materials for automotive applications
        -  Substances for use in health, such as nanomedicine, drug delivery
           systems, fluorescent tags for markers of cancerous cells and
           biosensors for diseases and toxic agents
        -  Water purification membranes and other water protection materials
        -  Telecommunications and electronic equipment.

    International Strategic Opportunities Program
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    The goal of the International Strategic Opportunities Program is to
improve Ontario's long-term economic potential by attracting and retaining the
best and brightest research talent. The program seeks to:

    -   Facilitate research of scientific importance
    -   Increase Ontario's long-term economic potential
    -   Attract and retain top international research talent
    -   Enhance Ontario's profile in the international research community.

    Learn more about the International Strategic Opportunities Program

    Learn more about McMaster's Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

    Learn more about Monash University

    Read more about Nanotechnology


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For further information:

For further information: Perry Blocher, Ministry of Research and
Innovation, (416) 326-7717; Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7067

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