Queen’s Researchers Receive Accelerated Funding

Published on: 2010/06/28 - in Science & Tech

The Federal Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program has announced that five Queen’s researchers are each receiving $120,000 over three years to quicken the pace of progress and maximize the impact of their work.

Chemistry Department Professor Cathleen Crudden is researching organic synthesis and materials chemistry via catalytic organoborane chemistry.

Michael Cunningham of Chemical Engineering will be studying the design and synthesis of functional polymer colloids.

Mark Diederichs – Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering – is to develop improved mechanical models and engineering management strategies for the excavation damage zone in sedimentary rocks around underground nuclear waste repositories.

William Take of the Civil Engineering department is studying the effects of climate and climate change on the soil slopes of our natural and built environment.

Shahram Yousefi – Electrical and Computer Engineering – will research rateless codes for advanced architectures.

In a University release, Vice-Principal (Research) Kerry Rowe said “This recognition of the excellence of six of our researchers in a very tough competition for Discovery Accelerator awards will assist them in making a great advance in their research over the next three years.”

The awards are allocated to researchers who have received funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) annual Discovery Grants competition.