César Maldonado Monter fuels a dream in Canada

Globalink student’s entrepreneurial spirit takes him to research in Quebec

Hailing from Mexico, where he studies Chemical Engineering at Tecnológico de Monterrey, César was introduced to Mitacs through a friend and former research intern. Upon seeing his friend’s photos and hearing stories of the research, he simply said, “I need to go to Canada!” With that, he applied and was accepted to do research in biofuel production in Quebec this summer.

The research that César is taking part in will help to diversify Canada’s pulp and paper industry by taking waste products from lumber mills and agriculture, called biomass, which can be refined into raw materials for polymers and chemicals, as well as fuel for cars. César is developing a method to efficiently refine the biomass, in a way which does not waste the input product or use vast amounts of energy.

César is already making plans to return to Canada for his Master’s degree next year. One day he hopes to own a biofuel business and sees a return to Canada as a logical step in that dream. “It’s amazing how your perspective can change so much after just two months of research here. I just feel so much that I am at home here so I can’t wait to come back!”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec 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 Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Saskatchewan, and Research Manitoba.

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