McMaster partnership with Chinese Company to develop Water Technology
Imagine being able to ensure drinking water is safe in a community water system by using a series of remote sensors to instantly identify contamination before anyone gets sick. That’s the goal of technology being developed at McMaster University, which is the focus of a new agreement between the University, a Chinese company and other Canadian partners. The deal will see a $3-million investment by the Chinese company Jiangsu Delin Environmental Protection Technology Co. and $1 million from China’s science and technology ministry. The University will provide office and lab space at McMaster Innovation Park and is working with the Provincial and Federal government to obtain further funding. This research in water technology is significant because currently samples have to be taken and then tested, a process that can take several hours or days. Remote sensing offers the promise of continuous testing that can be watched in real time at a central facility. The deal would see researchers in Hamilton collaborating online with researchers at a laboratory in Jiangsu Province, China, to develop the technology with the goal of creating sensing equipment to detect biological contaminants at first and other pollutants such as heavy metals later on.