Two research projects at the University of Saskatchewan are receiving funds from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada.
Irena Creed, executive director and professor at the U of S School of Environment and Sustainability has been awarded a grant of over $800-thousand to study the loss of wetlands in prairie agricultural areas and whether that loss has compromised the ability of the landscapes to process the nutrients that are now flowing downstream to places like Lake Winnipeg, which is experiencing serious algae problems.
Tim Kelly is an associate professor in chemistry and Canada Research Chair in Photovoltaics,.
He has been awarded over $400-thousand for developing new technology for x-ray imaging currently used in breast cancer.
He and his team are developing efficient solar cells and finding a replacement for the thick coating of selenium that is used in the detectors, because the process used to vapourize the selenium is expensive and time consuming.