The Centre is home to five Canada Research Chairsand collaborates with many partners, including a number of large companies. It is also involved in a number of national and international research networks .
CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS
Chair: Sofiène Affes
Fourth-generation (4G) wireless communications have made it possible to access television, radio, and Internet all accessible on a single device. As Canada Research Chair in Wireless High Speed Communications, research professor Sofiène Affès and his team are developing 4G wireless communications products that increase the number of users served and boost information transmission rates. To further the evolution of wireless communications, the chair is working on a prototype to validate a novel technology for receiving radio frequency signals over wireless channels without interference in real time over the airwaves.
Chair: Federico Rosei
In order to meet the needs of the electronics industry, new materials must be designed. The Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials, directed by Federico Rosei, conducts advanced research in the field of microfabrication and nanofabrication in order to develop new telecommunication devices that will significantly increase information transmission speed. One of the chair’s objectives is to characterize and develop the nanomaterials needed for advanced technologies. In this vein, examples of research include the study of molecular materials and their semiconductor properties as well as characterization and deposition of complex organic molecules on metallic surfaces and semiconductors.
Chair: Jean-Claude Kieffer
The creation of new materials hinges on the development of ultra rapid technologies. As Canada Research Chair in Ultra Rapid Photonics Applied to Materials and Systems, Jean-Claude Kieffer and his team develop technologies for analyzing and creating new materials. For example, biomedical, telecommunication, photonics, and microelectronics are areas that require instruments that can analyze phenomena at the femtosecond (10-15 seconds) level. In order to advance knowledge and applications of femtosecond science, the chair notably studies the dynamics of matter and ultra rapid phase transitions within and on the surface of solids, as well as ways of improving the performance of ultrashort pulse lasers.
Chair: Mohamed Chaker
As Canada Research Chair in Plasma Applied to Micro- and Nano-fabrication Technologies, Mohamed Chaker strives to understand and advance micro- and nano-fabrication processes, which have been increasingly in demand in a number of industries, such as biomedicine, telecommunications, microelectronics, and photonics. The use of plasmas in process development permits, among other things, the synthesis and etching of materials as well as the production of radiofrequency (RF) components using ferroelectric materials, and photonic components using electro-optic materials.
Chair: Daniel Guay
Funded by the Canadian government, the Canada Research Chair on Energy Nanomaterials is held by research professor Daniel Guay, who is known as a world leader in the field of energy system applications for nanomaterials. As chair, Daniel Guay and his team explore new avenues of research to develop nanomaterials with novel electro-chemical properties in order to improve the energy technologies of the future. In concrete terms, they prepare nanomaterials and study their reactivity for use in new applications in the areas of fuel cells, electrochemical supercapacitors, and for carbon dioxide capture. By developing new, more efficient energy technologies that cause less environmental damage, the Canada Research Chair on Energy Nanomaterials will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve quality of life.
To achieve these goals, the research team will have the tools necessary to synthesize nanomaterials and characterize and evaluate their reactivity by creating an energy nanomaterials lab. This facility has received financial support from Canada Foundation for Innovation.
By interfacing with several disciplines, research professor Daniel Guay has been a pioneer in the fields of nanomaterials, electrochemistry, and material and surface characterization. He is also the founder and coordinator of the Quebec Research Centre for Sustainable Energy (Centre québécois de recherche en énergie durable [CQRÉD]), formerly the Quebec Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Network (PACH2).
NSERC-General Motors of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Electrocatalysis for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells
Chair: Jean-Pol Dodelet
The NSERC-General Motors of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Electrocatalysis for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells includes the main program (led by Jean-Pol Dodelet of the INRS Energy Materials Centre) and two associated cooperative research and development initiatives, one with A.S. Hay of McGill University, and the other with E. Sacher of École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells generate very efficient clean electrical energy using electro-oxidation of hydrogen with air (oxygen). It is hoped this technology may be used to supply energy for 21st century automobiles. Because polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells operate at low temperatures (below 100°C), catalysts are required to facilitate electrode reactions. The chair’s main interest is electrocatalysis within PEM fuel cells, in particular the production and characterization of new nonprecious metal–based (iron and cobalt) electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction. To develop such electrocatalysts, the team must produce and characterize two new families of carbononaceous supports: i) carbon black doped and functionalized with nitrogen, and ii) nitrogen functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes grown on fuel cell supports. The oxygen reduction catalysts will be obtained through high temperature treatment of nonprecious metal precursors absorbed onto these two types of carbon supports. They will also be constructed using molecular nanoarchitecture at low temperature.
UNESCO Chair on Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage (MATECSS)
Chair: Federico Rosei
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Jacques-Beaulieu Excellence Research Chair
Chair: Xiaowei Sun
RESEARCH GROUPS AND NETWORKS
Energy Modeling Analysis Group (GAME)
Professor in charge: Gaëtan Lafrance
The Energy Modeling Analysis Group (Groupe d’analyse et de modélisation énergétique, or GAME) has acquired highly sought-after expertise in the field of forecasting, energy modeling, and analysis of consumer behavior. Governments and electric power companies such as Hydro-Québec commonly use the models the group designs. The group's researchers have collaborated on a number of projects in Africa and Asia funded by various international organizations. In the field of renewable energy, this group is internationally recognized for its expertise in the optimal integration of large wind farms into existing power networks. In the area of remote sensing, GAME developed an original methodology for estimating wind resources in coastal areas using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data. All its activities are performed in collaboration with a large number of researchers from INRS and outside organizations.
Surface Enrichment Implantation Group (GRIMP)
Professor in charge: Guy Ross
The Surface Enrichment Implantation Group (Group d’implantation pour la valorization des surfaces [GRIMP]) strives to modify the physical and chemical characteristics of material surfaces. The group uses a number of processes such as ion beam implantation, plasma isotope ion implantation, and HF plasma–assisted vapor deposition. GRIMP also performs surface characterization, specifically spectroscopy for chemical analysis.
Quebec Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Network-PACH2
Professor in charge: Daniel Guay
Hydrogen and fuel cells hold a promising future in energy. They provide alternatives to fossil fuels like oil and coal, which are sources of air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To consolidate research efforts in this field, more than 25 professors from 7 Québec universities are working together to develop clean energy. The PACH2 Network is funded by Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT), and its objectives include
- Developing an integrated research structure by sharing knowledge and facilities
- Promoting Quebec's advances in research
- Increasing the value of Quebec's research for technology users
- Initiating new research activities
- Developing the hydrogen and fuel cell sector
- Training highly qualified personnel and fostering career opportunities in this field