uLethbridge launches research centre in fluorine technologies

February 7, 2014

The University of Lethbridge has launched a new Canadian Centre for Research in Advanced Fluorine Technologies (C-CRAFT) that will serve as a hub for fluorine researchers from across Canada and worldwide. Led by uLethbridge Chemistry and Biochemistry Associate Professor  Michael Gerken,  the centre will allow the researchers to collaborate and share expertise on fluorine—an element that has practical benefits for the areas of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, plastics, refrigeration, oil production, medical imaging and aluminum production. Gerken says the facility will allow uLethbridge “to better recruit top students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members; secure funding for new projects from government agencies; attract industry partners; and ultimately, cement the university’s reputation for leadership in this niche area of chemistry.” uLethbridge News Release