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StFX Receives Provincial Funding for Clean Technology Innovation

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Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley, an early-stage researcher in the department of chemistry at Saint rancis Xavier University (StFX) aims her research to curb reliance on fossil fuels in the production of drugs and plastics, as well as reducing toxic waste products such as chromium.

Dr. Hallett-Tapley noted that this kind of funding, espcially early on in her career, is essential for buying cutting-edge laboratory equipment and for supporting student research roles. “Since we are undergraduate-centric here, especially in the chemistry department, we really aim to allow our students to be exposed to a whole host of different aspects of the chemistry background; allowing them to be well prepared to go into industry or further their education, whichever the case may be. It’s really important for them to have the exposure to state-of-the-art equipment so they can be on par with everyone else, especially in the province, and receive a more hands-on experience.”

“It’s the modern age of chemistry, with everything switching from the way it used to be with harsh or carcinogenic processes moving towards the greener side of things,” said Bry Crabbe, Dr. Hallett-Tapley first Masters student, who joined Hallett-Tapley’s team as an undergraduate student three years ago and plans to begin his doctoral work at Dalhousie next year.

To read the full article in The Casket, click here.

To read the full article in the Chronicle Herald, click here.

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