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New agreement to further materials research

Published by Steve Coleman on October 12, 2011

The federal government and the University of Waterloo have signed a new agreement to take metals and materials research to the next level.

Researchers will focus on emerging technologies for the automotive, green energy and manufacturing technology sectors as a part of the latest collaborative research agreement.

While the agreement was signed with the University of Waterloo, the work will happen at the new, state-of-the-art CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in Hamilton. The lab is the largest research centre in Canada devoted to metals and materials fabrication, pilot-scale processing and evaluation.

"This collaborative agreement will enhance new materials research for light-weight vehicles and will make CANMET's facilities more accessible to Waterloo's researchers and graduate students in engineering and science," said University of Waterloo President Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur in a news release about the announcement.

"For example, one project that involves the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology will benefit CANMET's work in thermoelectric materials, which directly convert waste heat to electricity. This project aims to capture some of the 60 percent of heat that is lost in manufacturing processes and during automotive combustion to produce useful electricity."

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