Research Initiatives

The Faculty of Engineering is home to large-scale, long-term collaborative research programs, and is a leading participant in broad initiatives that draw expertise from across the University of Alberta campus and around the globe.

These programs fund collaborative projects with long-term vision and build interdisciplinary teams with the motivation and experience to address grand challenges.

The Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies (C5MPT) – is a research and education centre supporting sustainable and responsible energy and mineral development.  Research at C5MPT addresses three aligned themes: clean coal, mineral processing and carbon capture (www.c5mpt.ualberta.ca).

The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) is an international research partnership between the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the University of Alberta to jointly develop solutions to major challenges in fields such as energy and the environment, ecosystem and resource informatics, and health. Faculty members from the Faculty of Engineering serve as theme leads in HAI Energy and Environment research programs. (www.helmholtzalberta.ca)

ingenuity Lab (the Nanotechnology Accelerator) is a large scale ($100M), 10-year, multidisciplinary research and development initiative co-located at the Faculty of Engineering,  the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology. Led by chemical engineering professor and Canada Research Chair holder Carlo Montemagno, iNgenuity is focused on groundbreaking bionanotechnology advances and innovative business practices that will enable Alberta to become a world-leading centre for nanotechnology innovation. (www.ingenuitylab.ca)

The Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI) is a $50M, multidisciplinary research centre focused on developing the oil sands production facility of the future--one that uses little or no water, consumes less energy, occupies less area, integrates upgrading operations, and costs less to build and operate (www.iosi.ualberta.ca). 

nanoBridge is a pan-Alberta funding initiative administered by the Faculty of Engineering and supported by Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures. Through a competitive application and review process, nanoBridge provides grant based funding in support of early-stage commercialization activities in microsystems and nanotechnology (MNT) to Alberta’s academic, institutional and industrial communities. The primary mandate of nanoBridge is to support the continued development and generation of regional economic activity within the MNT industry. (www.nanobridge.ca)