Donald Mavinic of the University of British Columbia, and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., Stantec Consulting Ltd., Metro Vancouver, EPCOR Water Service Inc., and Clean Water Services Ltd., have won a 2010 Synergy Award for developing an efficient phosphorus recovery technology.

Awarded by NSERC, the Synergy Awards recognize university-industry research and development collaborations that lead to new products that are key to economic growth. The 2010 Synergy Awards have recognized collaborations that have resulted in the development of lightweight materials for automobiles, refinement and commercialization of new reinforcement materials for concrete structures, efficient wastewater treatment applications, and applied technologies that enhance the processing of liquid and solid metals.

Award-winning researchers receive a $200,000 research grant, while each industry partner has an opportunity to hire an NSERC Industrial R&D Fellow for two years, with NSERC supporting the industrial portion of the fellow’s salary. Recipients will be recognized at ceremonies to be held at later dates.

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