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UNB Nanotech group seeks forestry collaborators


July 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

New Brunswick–The University of New Brunswick’s nanotechnology group is ramping up efforts to collaborate with forestry researchers on campus. According to a recent report by the New Brunswick Busine…

New Brunswick–The University of New Brunswick’s nanotechnology group is ramping up efforts to collaborate with forestry researchers on campus. According to a recent report by the New Brunswick Business Journal, Felipe Chibante, the Richard J. Currie chair in nanotechnology at the faculty of engineering at UNB is seeking out new opportunities for partnerships with pulp, paper and forestry researchers.

“We have a strong pulp and paper group here and we have a strong forestry group,” the NB Business Journal reported Chibante as saying. “They would make valuable partners in like-minded projects. We’re going to be doing some things with them on nanotech and wood products.”

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The nanotechnology group currently has funding available for 17-20 graduate students, and is undertaking clean energy, materials and sensors projects. Cellulose is also gaining interest.

“Paper is actually a great composite because you can make it so thin and still be very strong,” Chibante was reported by the NB Business Journal as saying. “There are actually some groups in Canada that are looking at bio-active paper, paper with unique properties. Others are looking at electronic paper, paper with electric properties. There’s all kinds of neat and wonderful things that are happening with the things we take for granted everyday.”


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