A Research Center on Nanomaterials and Energy
New MASc project starting in September 2014
mardi 27 mai 2014
Categories : Announcement / Information

Project Synopsis
Wild birds are continuously exposed in their ecosystem to a diversity of organic contaminants commonly used in a range of consumer products. These contaminants include polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and emerging flame retardants used in upholstered furniture, cars, electronics, construction materials, etc. The study of their exposure is highly relevant to measure the presence (sources) of those pollutants in the environment. In order to do so, we need to develop a robust and miniaturized sensor that could be carried by birds and be able to measure their exposure via air (gas and particle phases). Here, by using new technologies including high resolution biotelemetry (GPS-based) units and passive air sampling devices, we will investigate the combined exposure of a bird, the ring-billed gull, to PBDEs and emerging flame retardants that are priority for environmental monitoring programs. The main objective of this MASc project will be to design and build a miniature passive microfluidic device for the sampling of these volatile and aerosol particle-adsorbed pollutants to estimate the integrated bird’s exposure. This device will have to be miniaturized and ruggedized in order to be mounted on the birds in combination with the telemetry device.

Additional Information
  • Requirement: B.Eng. in microelectronic or physics engineering or relevant discipline completed by August 31 st , 2014.
  • Asset: Knowledge in telemetry and interest for environment (environmental pollutants,ecology).
  • MASc-level funding for two years.
  • Lab work and fieldwork.
To apply, send your CV and university transcript by July 1 st , 2014, to:
Département des sciences biologiques
Université du Québec à Montréal
Phone: 514-987-3000, poste 1070
Email: verreault.jonathan@uqam.ca

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