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UNB researcher awarded CFI John R Evans Leaders Fund

Author: Communications

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Thanks to a new x-ray instrument, University of New Brunswick earth sciences researcher Christopher McFarlane and his laser ablation team are among the best at unraveling geochemical and biogeochemical processes.

Dr. McFarlane recently received $125,000 from The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund. This research money was used to acquire an instrument, which will provide him and his team more in-depth information about materials such as rocks, minerals, biological tissues, archeological artifacts and metals.

“This award builds on my previous CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund that helped me establish the UNB laser-ablation ICP-MS facility,” said Dr. McFarlane. “The bench top micro-XRF instrument will allow us to significantly expand our chemical characterization and chemical imaging capabilities and further solidify our position as a premier venue for measurements of this type.”

Dr. McFarlane was one of 143 researchers across the country that received funding, which was announced recently in Moncton, NB, by Ed Holder, minister of state (science and technology).

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada's oldest English-language university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history and a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. UNB has more than 10,500 students from nearly 100 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation gives researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI is helping to attract and retain the world’s top talent, to train the next generation of researchers, to support private-sector innovation and to create high-quality jobs that strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

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