NSERC Funding Creates $3 Million Senior Industrial Research Chair in Biomaterials at Trent University

Over $1.5 million in new NSERC funding was provided to create the “NSERC/GFO/ERS Senior Industrial Research Chair in Lipid Derived Biomaterials,” awarded to Dr. Suresh Narine, director, Trent Biomaterials Research Program, and professor, Physics and Astronomy, and Chemistry.

This research award, when combined with the match investments announced in October, 2009 by Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. ($1 million) and a $500,000 investment by the Ontario Soybean Growers (since renamed as the Grain Farmers of Ontario), places Trent’s Biomaterials Research Program among the top-tier research facilities of its kind in the world, pursuing fundamental and applied research investigating the use of lipids in different applications.”

“Our research offers an alternative solution – to employ agriculturally-sourced renewable feed stocks (fats and oils) to design functional materials more environmentally benign and more in sync with the natural carbon cycle so as to abate and combat climate change,” said Dr. Narine

The full press release can be found at: http://www.trentu.ca/newsevents/newsreleases_101112nserc.php

The NSERC Chairholder Profile for Suresh Narine can be found at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Partners-Partenaires/Chairholders-TitulairesDeChaire/Chairholder-Titulaire_eng.asp?pid=449