MONTREAL, QC – The largest NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) research chair in coatings and surface engineering will be inaugurated at the Polytechnique Montréal on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at the Polytechnique Montréal Bell Amphitheatre.
The Multisectorial Industrial Research Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering (MIC-CSE) will receive the county’s second-largest industrial research chair awarded by NSERC with a budget of $5.35 million over five years. The school will work with seven partners, NSERC, Essilor, Hydro-Québec, Guardian Industries Corp., Pratt & Whitney Canada, Velan, JDS Uniphase and the Canadian Space Agency. Research will focus on developing a new generation of non-polluting manufacturing technologies for nanostructured coating materials. These so-called “molecular millefeuilles” aim to confer a wide range of properties to the surfaces: anti-glare, anti-erosion, anti-fog, but also self-controlled (or “smart”) optical reflectivity or emissivity, luminescence, sterility and more.