Professor Federico Rosei, director of the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre, will draw on his renowned expertise in synthesizing, processing, and characterizing nanomaterials as chairholder of the new Level 1 Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Materials. Working with his team, he will pursue the study of the structure of materials at the nanoscale with a view to optimizing their properties and develop new multifunctional devices for renewable energy and energy-saving technologies.
Capitalizing on his broad expertise which spans organic, inorganic, and biocompatible materials, Professor Rosei will work to overcome major nanotechnology challenges in areas such as multiferroics, the use of quantum dots to convert solar energy, and the manufacture and optimization of optoelectronic devices.
In addition to scientific and technological breakthroughs in the energy, electronics, health, and photonics sectors, the chair will help train specialists in the field of new high performance functional materials. Through its ground-breaking work, it will strengthen Canada's leadership as a key player in the field of nanomaterials.
Professor Rosei has received numerous awards and honors. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the European Academy of Sciences, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, he is also received the Vasconcelos Award from the World Cultural Council, the ChangJiang Scholar Award from the Chinese government, and the Khwarizmi International Award from the government of Iran among many others. This chair confirms his international leadership in advanced materials and nanotechnology.
Renewal of two Level 2 Canada research chairs
The renewal of the Canada Research Chair in Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements will allow Professor Claude Fortin
of the INRS Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre to further develop his research assessing the ecological risk of metal contaminants in the environment. Over the next five years, the focus of his research will be on metal detoxification mechanisms in aquatic organisms and applying in field approaches developed in the lab.
With the renewal of the Canada Research Chair in Socio-microbiology, Professor Éric Déziel
of the INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre will continue his innovative research to better understand social behavior in bacteria. Specifically, he studies the activity of the Pseudomonas bacterium, a widespread and opportunistic group of antibiotic-resistant pathogens. His goal is to develop new treatments to control their spread. ♦