The HQP Research Paper Awards serve to showcase the high quality of work and the excellence of the research.

December 15, 2021

Vancouver, BC — Today, the IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards were presented to IC-IMPACTS HQP (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, or Research Associates) who published their work in a peer-reviewed journal with a high impact factor. For this year’s Awards, the paper should have been published in a high impact factor journal between January 1, 2019 and April 30, 2021 and the applicants were all first authors on the manuscripts.

IC-IMPACTS HQP Research Paper Awards Committee evaluated the submissions and selected the top candidates, Three prizes were awarded this year, each including an IC-IMPACTS Citation and a prize of $1,000 CAD (to be shared amongst HQP co-authors if applicable).

About the Winners:

Amanpreet Singh completed his PhD degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar in Dec 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Narinder Singh. During his doctorate study, Aman was working on the development of fluorescent imidazolium ionic liquids for the detoxification of organophosphate pesticides, which are a major environmental concern, particularly in developing nations. Aman is working as a postdoc fellow at the University de Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada under the supervision of Prof. Jan J. Dubowski. His research area includes functionalized ionic liquids, bioimaging, biosensor and antimicrobial materials. He has published more than 35 research articles in reputed international journals of ACS, RSC, Wiley, and Elsevier. During his academic career, he got prestigious competitive awards such as the HQP leadership award & HQP best paper award from IC-IMPACTS Canada, FRQNT fellowship from Quebec, JRF/SRF from CSIR India.

Brigitte Goffin received her PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, from the department of civil engineering under the supervision of Prof. Nemy Banthia. Brigitte is a Civil Engineer with experience in the condition assessment and rehabilitation of civil structures as well as expertise in non-destructive testing and corrosion science. Throughout her PhD she did fundamental research on the corrosion of steel reinforcement and non-destructive testing. She has been working as a consultant in both Canada and Australia with experience in asset integrity and durability design of civil structures ranging from hydro dams and coal terminals to tunnels and marine structures.

Fuhar Dixit has a bachelor’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, he has a Master’s degree from UBC and is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, under the supervision of Prof. Madjid Mohseni. Fuhar gained valuable research experience in the field of water treatment through exchanges with the University of Tokyo (Japan) and Western University (Canada). He has been awarded the Honda Young Engineer and Scientist Award and a Mitacs’ Globalink Graduate Fellowship. Fuhar is also an active member of RES’EAU WaterNet. In addition, Fuhar has a patent in India for a polymer membrane and process he co-developed. He has also had a research article published in an online water treatment journal.

Recording of the awards ceremony is available on IC-IMPACTS YouTube Channel.


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