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Chemistry and physics research to improve drinking water in remote communities

At a glance
The intern

Clémentine Fournier from the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris

Hosted by

Matthew Paige, University of Saskatchewan's Department of Chemistry

The research

Applying different ions to a membrane and evaluating the results to refine the membrane’s functions

As she was exploring her postsecondary options in France, Clémentine Fournier was drawn to chemistry and physics, and she wanted a way to study both.

After a rigorous exam, she was accepted into the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris. The school encourages its students to pursue research internships domestically and abroad, and after completing an internship in the United States, Clémentine was curious about pursuing further research abroad.

Clémentine learned about Mitacs’ Globalink Research Internship program from her school and knew she had to apply: “I want to pursue a master’s degree at McMaster University, and I knew I had a unique opportunity to understand research in Canada before I started my graduate program.” She applied for and was matched on a project at the University of Saskatchewan, supervised by Dr. Matthew Paige in the Department of Chemistry.

I was so happy when I was accepted — I couldn’t wait to work on the project,” she says.

Clémentine’s project has her applying her chemistry and physics expertise to testing a membrane intended for water filtration systems. The membrane will be used in remote areas of Canada, like the North, where clean drinking water isn’t always available. “My work involves applying different ions to the membrane and evaluating the results to refine the membrane’s functions,” Clémentine explains.

The project is the best of both worlds for Clémentine. She’s doing exciting research in her field and making a difference in the world. She’s also working with a diverse team at the University of Saskatchewan, about which she is especially enthusiastic: “In my lab, people from all around the world are working together. It really shows how welcoming Canada is to people from every background.”

 


Mitacs would like to thank the Government of Canada, along with the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink Research Internship program. In addition, Mitacs is pleased to work with international partners to support Globalink, including Universities Australia, the China Scholarship Council, Campus France, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education,Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education, and Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord.