Research Highlights

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Title: Microplastics: The Unseen Scourge

Unraveling the plastic threat hidden in our waters, Dr. Chang’s team has revolutionized the way we isolate, identify, and combat microplastic pollution.

Dr. A. Elsayed, S. Abner, Dr. E. Mena-Morcillo, and Dr. A. Chen pose in lab coats in a lab

Fighting Climate Change: Researchers Develop an Efficient Catalyst for CO2 Reduction

Global climate change is a hot topic in today's world, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless when we hear about its devastating effects. However, there is hope! Researchers from the University of Guelph, including Dr. Aicheng Chen, from the Chemistry Department, and Dr. Abdallah Elsayed, from the School of Engineering, have developed an innovative solution to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and combat climate change.

An AI generated image of a black hole

Testing the Strength of Gravitational Theories

Applying small changes to current theories could have a big impact.

When it comes to testing the limits of what we know about the nature of the universe, nothing quite compares to black holes. These objects have extremely large masses packed into a very tiny space, exerting a gravitational pull so strong that space and time are warped around them and not even light can escape their grasp.

A greenhouse growing tomatoes

Helping the Greenhouse industry reuse and repurpose their waste

Greenhouses offer a 365 day a year growing cycle, increasing our food security and access to fresh produce year-round. Growing efforts by the industry are resulting in more sustainable production practices, including reducing energy and water use, and finding alternatives to plastic packaging.

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Carbon-smart soils used to combat climate change

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the most dominant greenhouse gasses (GHGs) that can absorb and hold heat radiated from the sun. Ever-increasing GHGs emissions have caused a significant rise in atmospheric carbon concentration in recent decades. If this trend continues, the Earth could warm by 2˚C before the end of the century, which will result in severe threats to human life and global ecosystems. Global efforts are being made to mitigate this effect by developing carbon capture and sequester (CCS) technologies.

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