Hybrid materials researcher named latest Canada Research Chair

Associate Professor Glenn D. Hibbard named Canada Research Chair in Cellular Hybrid Materials, Tier II

Hibbard, Glenn D.

Photo: Glenn D. Hibbard, Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair, Cellular Hybrid Materials

March 15, 2013

Associate Professor Glenn D. Hibbard has been named Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Cellular Hybrid Materials, Tier II. The CRC federal government program is part of Canada’s strategy in establishing and retaining top research professorships in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The University of Toronto received $18.7 million in total for 23 new and renewed CRCs this round, seven of which were awarded to the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Professor Hibbard and his Cellular Hybrid Materials Research Group investigate next-generation materials that combine microstructural design at the nanometre scale and architectural design at the µm-scale. The aim is to produce low-density, lightweight and ultra-strong advanced materials critical for sustainability considerations in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

“The Canada Research Chairs program is a key component of the university’s efforts to attract and retain the world’s most promising researchers,” said Professor Peter Lewis, U of T’s associate vice-president of research and innovation. “We are grateful to the government of Canada for its continuing support of this program.”

“Our government is committed to attracting and retaining the world’s best and brightest researchers, supporting innovation, creating jobs and strengthening our economy,” said Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “By investing in programs such as the Canada Research Chairs, we are fostering cutting-edge research and the generation of new innovations for the marketplace, for the benefit of Canadians.”

“The CRCs celebrate world-class research going on in Canada. The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is thrilled to see our researchers – and the impact of what they do – recognized through this considerable honour,” said Ted Sargent, Professor & Vice-Dean, Research, and the CRC in Nanotechnology. “I congratulate our new and renewed chairholders on this further recognition of their outstanding research and its impact on the economy and society.”