Young Canadian researcher in the running for global Innovation Award
By Forest Products Association of Canada
Nov. 29, 2016 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce that a PHD graduate fromMcGill University, Goeun Sim, has been chosen as the Canadian finalist for the global Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award, based on her exciting and environmentally leading proposal to advance innovation in the forest products sector.
Sim's research proposal is based on the novel development of smart multi-coloured wood based fabrics that are free of toxic chemicals using coloured nanoparticles as a dye. The resulting environmentally sustainable textile production would eliminate pollutants and the non-toxic cellulose yarns would be a value-added product for the forest industry.
"Congratulations to Goeun for being the Canadian finalist for this global Blue Sky award based on her ground-breaking research on smart coloured textiles," says Derek Nighbor, CEO of FPAC. "This kind of innovation will help the Canadian forest industry extract more value from every tree, better compete in the international marketplace, and improve our environmental credentials."
The winner was chosen by a review panel from five applications based on the level of innovation, the quality of the abstract, the probability of implementation and the degree to which it would impact the industry.
The Blue Sky Award is part of a global initiative spearheaded by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) to engage young and talented students and researchers under the age of 30 in a competition on forest-based science. Three researchers chosen from national finalists will present to a global event in Berlin in May 2017.