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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 thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador 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 Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewanand Research Manitoba.

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