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$3.5 million invested for 3 high performance electron scanning microscopes at Manitoba Institute for Materials

News International-French

27 Jun 2014

Harper Government invests in establishment of new state-of-the-art facility at the University of Manitoba.

Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced an investment of $3.5 million toward the purchase of three high performance electron scanning microscopes required to establish an advanced materials characterization facility in the Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM) at the University of Manitoba.

This state-of-the-art facility will enable academia and industry to fully engage in the aerospace research and development undertaken in Western Canada, while capitalizing on the growing emphasis on composites and new materials.

Electron scanning microscope technology creates high-resolution three-dimensional images at a microscopic level to analyze chemical and molecular structures. Testing can be done without damage to a wide range of solids to determine if the chemical composition or structure of the item was changed during use. The research data can then be used to develop new process solutions or materials to meet manufacturing challenges across many industries.

The increased imaging and compositional data electron microscopy at the MIM supports the long-term strategic research focus in materials science and engineering by the University of Manitoba.

The MIM is an interdisciplinary facility that enhances basic and applied materials science research conducted by the facilities of engineering, chemistry and earth sciences at the University of Manitoba.

The research engine supplied by General Electric (GE) will be located at the Red River College Stevenson Aviation campus and will support training at the University of Manitoba, Red River College and the Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology. It will be shared for joint aerospace training and research projects with industry that will benefit from the research conducted with the new equipment at the MIM lab.

It is expected that this investment will result in training for 40 new researchers and leverage an additional $2 million in private investment for research and development over the next two years.

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