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September 2013

Fueling a greener tomorrow

It’s her passion for the environment that brings Mitacs Globalink Research Intern Marina Santos from Brazil’s Universidade Estadual de Mato Grosso do Sul to Newfoundland to participate in research alongside Professor Kelly Hawboldt from the Department of Process Engineering at Memorial University.

Marina and Professor Hawboldt are researching an alternative energy source to petroleum that recycles typically discarded natural resources, including forestry residue from sawmills and pulp and paper plants, as well as fish oil from fish processing plants.

Marina is investigating extraction methods to create high-quality fuel from these resources, and this fuel can then be used for cars or as a means to treat waste water.

“Research on biofuels has taught me many different techniques that will make a huge difference in my research when I return to Brazil,” says Marina. “This is not only because of the research itself, but also because of Canada’s cultural focus on environmental sustainability.”

“I have a special appreciation for the environment we live in and a strong interest in the innovation of sustainable technologies. I look forward to continuing my graduate studies on environmentally friendly energy alternatives 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.