DGRC Associate Director, Aimy Bazylak is one of seven U of T Engineering professors in the early stages of their research careers whose work has been honoured with funding from the Province of Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards (ERA) Program, which helps recently appointed Ontario researchers to build their teams and enables Ontario to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent. Each researcher receives $140,000 toward their projects.
“This research work is important to helping us meet our healthcare challenges while fostering long-term job creation and economic growth. Ontario is a leader in healthcare innovation, and this furthers that position,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation.
Bazylak says the ERA will enable her to “lead my research group to advance the understanding and development of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, which convert hydrogen and oxygen to electricity, with only water and heat as local by-products. This funding will enable me to use state-of-the-art x-ray radiography to study the microscale features of the fuel cell and develop a powerful modelling tool for designing the next generation of fuel cells.”