ZEN Graphene Solutions recently reported that industry and university laboratories fully re-opened in late July-early August after a 4 month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they have re-started ZEN’s collaborative R&D programs.

In addition, ZEN announced the recent award of two NSERC Alliance COVID-19 project grants, a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship grant, and two Mitacs Accelerate grants for a total of CAD$355,000 (around USD$269,500) to its university collaborators increasing ZEN’s total research and development budget for the next 12 months to over CAD$1.4 Million (around USD$1.06 Miliion).

The recent grants are:

  • University of Guelph, Prof. Aicheng Chen, “Development of Advanced Graphene-Based Antiviral Nanocomposites against COVID-19" ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 and $150,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year);
  • University of Ottawa, Prof. Jean-Michel Ménard, “Graphene-based surface coating to prevent fomite transmission of COVID-19” ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 over one year);
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Prof. Mohammad Arjmand (Supervisor), Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi (Postdoctoral Fellow), “Graphene-based Corrosion Protective Coatings” ($60,000 Mitacs Elevate over one year and renewable for a second year); and
  • University of Toronto, Prof. Daman Panesar (Supervisor), Dr. Tanvir Qureshi (Intern), “Nano-engineered concrete and composites with advanced graphene-based 2D nanomaterials ($45,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year)