Above: UNBC professor Jianbing Li (at far right) participates in the funding announcement with BC Premier Gordon Campbell and federal international affairs minister, David Emerson.
July 9, 2008Three UNBC professors are among the first to establish research partnerships with China as part of a British Columbia Innovation Council program.
UNBC Environmental Science and Engineering professors Jianbing Li and Ron Thring are collaborating on research that will help to develop novel bioremediation techniques and technologies for petroleum-contaminated soils. The UNBC research will focus on identifying the effectiveness of different non-toxic and biodegradable agents using the University’s advanced Northern Soil and Groundwater Remediation Research Laboratory. Drs. Li and Thring will work with Dr. Yuefei Huang of Tsinghua University on the project, which will address the shortage of cost-effective and environmentally friendly remediation techniques.
Shared BC-China concern for the Pacific Ocean has initiated a research project involving UNBC Canada Research Chair Dr. Youmin Tang and Dr. Guihua Wang of China’s Second Institute of Oceanography. The two professors will develop advanced ocean simulation techniques that will improve the ability of scientists to predict oceanic conditions and their effects on climate.
The UNBC projects are among 13 that recently received funding from a $4 million innovation development fund established by the BC Innovation Council and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology. The projects explore topics related to health, technology, the environment, forest management, and fuel cell production.
More details about the projects and the innovation fund are available from the BC Innovation Council website: http://www.bcic.ca/media-and-press.
Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC – 250.960.5622
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