The work of chemists in university labs across Canada will be vital to addressing growing global demands on fresh water. But only if their ideas can flow effectively into the marketplace.
By Alanna Mitchell
Few of those browsing the web know that Google was created by university scientists. In fact, the Internet search giant, with market capitalization of $193 billion and a new-found appetite for smartphones, was invented by two grad students and started life at Stanford University in California.
Across the world, universities are hotbeds of innovation. And in Canada, a growing amount of that Ivory Tower ingenuity involves a vital subject: water. Unfortunately, many of the great Canadian solutions to water issues stay locked away in labs, never making it to the market. That’s happening despite the fact that the need for marketable, environmentally friendly water inventions — a.k.a. the Blue Economy — is more pressing as climate patterns change, the population...
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