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Our research is changing your world

The University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Engineering is proud to be home to leading research that is providing solutions that benefit consumers, patients, industries and the planet.

UNB Engineering conducts an estimated $17 million per year in research funded by public research councils, government organizations and industrial partners.

Research highlights

Institutes and centres

Groundbreaking research and technology

Research areas and groups

Limerick Pulp and Paper Centre

The Limerick Pulp and Paper Centre has expertise in wood pulping, pulp bleaching, secondary fibre processing and paper making. It collaborates with several companies on R&D projects and provides distance education to mill personnel. It has capabilities for testing, technical and library services in areas of interest to the pulp and paper industry.

Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies

The Emera & NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies will be a global leader in the transformation of electric power systems into smart grids through R&D, innovation, commercial partnerships, high-quality researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities.

Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence

The Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence is the first in Canada to use 3D metal printing to manufacture certified parts for the marine industry.

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, will revolutionize marine manufacturing in Canada. With this technology, Canadian fabricators can create new components on demand, simplify cumbersome supply chains and address the unique challenges of the marine sector. These challenges include:

Through research, development and commercialization, the centre will help New Brunswick remain globally competitive and further grow the region’s export business opportunities.

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering was founded in 1965 as the Bio-Engineering Institute. Since then it has evolved to become a world renowned, multidisciplinary research unit involved in a broad spectrum of activities in biomedical engineering.

Research includes pattern recognition, exoskeleton research and outcome measures.

Centre for Nuclear Energy Research

The Centre for Nuclear Energy Research delivers state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary applied research projects and services to research organizations and industry leaders around the globe. CNER is a university research institute with a formal relationship between UNB and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Canada’s premier nuclear research organization, which maintains staff on-site at UNB. This relationship helps ensure that CNER can undertake activities that are compliant with nuclear regulatory standards.

Ocean Mapping Group

The research of the Ocean Mapping Group in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering develops new and innovative techniques and tools for the management, processing, visualization and interpretation of ocean mapping data.

Oil and gas

The enhanced oil recovery research team in the Department of Chemical Engineering evaluates enhanced oil recovery strategies for new oil fields and reservoirs.

Research projects include the production of clean transportation fuels, enhancement of diesel quality, development of new processes to produce biodiesel and green diesel from bio-resources and value-added products from petro-/bio-resources.

Software systems

This research through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering addresses how software tools provide interoperability between users as consumers and diverse forms of electronic information, methods and algorithms, semantic web and global information exchange. 

UNB baseline groundwater project

The UNB Water and Environmental Group in the Department of Civil Engineering is developing innovative systems and infrastructures to protect of water resources and sustainably manage municipal and industrial wastes. Exploration for natural gas in New Brunswick has highlighted the keen interest and concern over potential impacts, if any, to groundwater that serves as the water supply for over 60 per cent of the province’s population.

UNB Materials Group

In the Department of Civil Engineering, a number of research projects are being funded to develop methodologies for repairing structures suffering from deterioration due to alkali-silica reaction, delayed ettringite formation, or both processes occurring simultaneously. Methods being investigated include:

  • Use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer wraps
  • Use of coatings and sealants
  • Use of lithium