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August 2013

Finding solutions for wastewater treatment through Mitacs Globalink

“With an increasing global population, issues of water pollution and shortage are of paramount importance,” says Mitacs Globalink Research Intern, Boyang Meng.

It is this notion that drew Boyang to study Municipal and Environmental Engineering at China’s Harbin Institute of Technology.

After hearing about Mitacs from previous Globalink Research Interns and finding a project that paired perfectly with her academic background, Boyang could not resist the chance to come to Canada.

Under the guidance of Jesse Zhu, a professor at Western University’s Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Boyang is contributing to research on wastewater treatment technologies.

Boyang’s Globalink research focuses on the development of a novel circulating and fluidized bed bioreactor (CFBBR) technology. This treatment unit processes the same amount of waste water while using 90% less space and producing 75% less sludge, the residual material left from the wastewater treatment process. If this technology were to be implemented, it would not only be more cost-effective, but would also be more efficient and better for the environment. 

 “My internship with Mitacs Globalink enables me to take what I’ve learned in the classroom and apply this knowledge to hands-on research settings. I now have a better understanding of my field of study and more specifically the area that I am interested in. I’m looking forward pursuing my PhD here in Canada!”


Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan and Research Manitoba.

Do you have a business challenge that could benefit from a research solution? If so, contact Mitacs today to discuss partnership opportunities: BD@mitacs.ca