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News from CBU

Cape Breton University is having a week of announcements:

#1. Cape Breton University researchers were among those recognized by the Government of Canada in a recent funding announcement covering a number of federal research programs. Dr. Xu Zhang, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Healthy Environments and Communities was awarded John R. Evans Leaders Funding Presented through the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This will support the creation of a Sustainable Materials and Functional Surfaces Laboratory at CBU. Dr. Zhang says his team is excited to advance CBU’s research capacity, with a commitment to healthy communities at its core. The advancement will also help to grow what is now referred to as the blue or ocean economy. “We are grateful to have support that will allow us to acquire critical instruments to develop portable water monitoring sensors, small-scale water treatment devices, fishery waste recycling and upgrading technologies and anti-marine fouling coatings, which will help empower the blue economy,” Dr. Zhang explains. “At the same time, this will further our research to support access to clean drinking water, an important focus for the health and well-being of rural and First Nation communities.” Dr. Zhang is quick to acknowledge CBU research partners, Dr. Ken Oakes and Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, who share in these pursuits. (from CBU Newsroom https://www.cbu.ca/newsroom)

#2. ACOA supports clean tech growth in Cape Breton. On September 5th, 2023, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced contributions totalling $2 million to the Verschuren Centre, Cotex Technologies and Dispersa. (Details here)