Research

TISED's main research activities include:

  • The Innovative Solutions for Planetary Health program, jointly offered by TISED and the Global Health Program, provides seed funding for interdisciplinary research in the area of global health and engineering
  • Two Faculty Scholar Awards support sustainability in engineering and design research and provide funding to PhD students
  • The Research Workshop program supports research and policy-related outreach and publications
  • The Scholar-in-Residence program and visiting professorhsips bring in prominent scholars form outside McGill and foster collaboration
  • The Trottier Chair in Sustainability in Engineering and Design drives research leadership at TISED and the Faculty of Engineering

Protective wear inspired by fish scales 

January 23, 2017

For several years, TISED Member François Barthelat and his team have been trying to replicate the kind of protection combined with flexibility offered by certain kinds of animal scales in order to create protective gloves.

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Unlocking potential from nanomaterials to cranberries 

June 3, 2016

This past year, Professor Tufenkji's discovery that an extract from maple syrup has a synergistic effect making certain antibiotics more effective in fighting infections grabbed international headlines. 

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Biological supercomputer model could change how we solve complex problems 

February 26, 2016

Researchers at McGill University have helped to develop a model of a biological supercomputer that can solve complex mathematical problems using very little energy.

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Metal as an alternative to fossil fuel? 

December 22, 2015

Professor Bergthorson says, “Biofuels can be part of the solution, but won’t be able to satisfy all the demand; hydrogen requires big, heavy fuel tanks and is explosive, and batteries are too bulky and don’t store enough energy for many applications”.

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Environment minister appoints three experts to evaluate Montreal sewage dump plan 

October 18, 2015

Three engineering experts, including Vivianne Yargeau from McGill, to review Montreal’s plan to discharge raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.

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Light can do more 

July 13, 2015

Researchers at McGill University [including TISED's Zetian Mi] have discovered a clean photo-driven pathway for the efficient synthesis of aryl iodides under extremely mild conditions.

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