Tiny science earns Steacie Fellowship and more
How substances behave determines their performance and is key to controlling them. No one knows this better than Hongbo Zeng. He works at the molecular level to understand how things react with other things. While we know water and oil don’t mix—Hongbo wants to know why and how do the molecules attract or repel, then use this knowledge to make better materials and new technologies. Imagine a polymer that captures clay particles in tailings ponds, freeing the water to be treated then reused. Or polymers that clean up oil spills. Or new medical treatments from polymers that enable self-healable hydrogels and bio-adhesives.
For his work, Hongbo recently won the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship and the Hatch Innovation Award, was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and was made a Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow. Read more.