McMaster Engineering Faculty earn Canada Research Chairs

February 29, 2016

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Gianluigi Botton’s position as the Canada Research Chair in Electron Microscopy of Nanoscale Materials was renewed. Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Todd Hoare was granted a new Canada Research Chair in Engineered Smart Materials, and Leyla Soleymani, assistant professor Engineering Physics, was honoured with the Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices.

A total of 305 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs were appointed in February at 53 postsecondary institutions across the country. The announcement represents a $260-million investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program. In addition, Science Minister Minister Kirsty Duncan announced $342 million through the Research Support Fund to cover the indirect costs of research at Canadian institutions, as well as $17 million in infrastructure support for the Canada Research Chairs Program through the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

At McMaster Engineering, the funding will be used to design a new type of smart biomaterial to improve drug delivery, improving health diagnostic tools and the development of new electron microscopy methods at the atomic level to be used in a variety of applications including photovoltaics and batteries.

The combined funding will help support cutting-edge research from coast to coast to coast, including in environmental and climate science.

The Research Support Fund supports a portion of the costs associated with managing research at Canadian institutions such as administrative support, training costs for workplace health and safety, maintenance costs for libraries and laboratories, and administrative costs.

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Gianluigi Botton, Todd Hoare and Leyla Soleymani


“It is very rewarding to see the overwhelming appreciation and positive feedback that international peers have provided about the research quality and the accomplishments over the years,” Gianluigi Botton, Materials Science and Engineering Professor.

“It is very encouraging to be recognized by international peers for my work over the past few years and I am very excited to continue this work for the years to come,” Leyla Soleymani, assistant professor Engineering Physics,

“Being awarded Canada Research Chair is a tremendous honour and provides me with more resources to explore how we can design smarter biomaterials that can facilitate more effective, less inconvenient, and less painful therapies for patients,” Todd Hoare, Chemical Engineering Associate Professor.

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