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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 would like to thank the following government and international partners, in addition to our full and associate university partners, for their support of Globalink in 2013: Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of British Columbia, Le Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, le Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior of Brazil, the China Scholarship Council, the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the National Autonomous University of Mexico