ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (“ZEN” or the “Company”) (TSXV:ZEN) is pleased to report that industry and university laboratories fully re-opened in late July-early August after a 4 month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic and they have re-started ZEN’s
collaborative R&D programs. ZEN will report shortly on significant progress being made in multiple programs, one of which has resulted in the preparation of a patent filing that is central to ZEN’s business plan.
The company is also pleased to announce the recent award of two NSERC Alliance COVID-19 project grants, a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship
grant, and two Mitacs Accelerate grants for a total of $355,000 to its university collaborators increasing ZEN’s total research and development budget for the next 12 months to over $1.4M. The new grants are outlined below:
• University of Guelph,
Prof. Aicheng Chen, “Development of Advanced Graphene-Based Antiviral Nanocomposites against COVID-19″ ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 and $150,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year);
• University of Ottawa, Prof. Jean-Michel Ménard, “Graphene-based
surface coating to prevent fomite transmission of COVID-19” ($50,000 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 over one year);
• University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Prof. Mohammad Arjmand (Supervisor), Dr. Seyyedarash Haddadi (Postdoctoral Fellow), “Graphene-based
Corrosion Protective Coatings” ($60,000 Mitacs Elevate over one year and renewable for a second year); and
• University of Toronto, Prof. Daman Panesar (Supervisor), Dr. Tanvir Qureshi (Intern), “Nano-engineered concrete and composites with advanced
graphene-based 2D nanomaterials ($45,000 Mitacs Accelerate over one year)
Environmental Baseline Program Update
Additionally, the Company reports that, after a necessary break in travel and field activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
it has re-engaged ERM Canada Ltd. (“ERM”) and CSA Global (“CSA”, an ERM company) to continue with an abbreviated environmental baseline program for the Albany Project. This program will focus on project definition and planning, and on a laboratory-based
geochemical baseline study.
The key aim of this work will be to consider the potential approach to mining the Albany resource based on ZEN’s current Vision of Project, and then to develop a roadmap to identify the key work that will be required
to advance the Project to the next stage. Integrated project planning will include work to be completed across corporate, engineering, environment, social, and permitting functions.
ZEN will work closely with the ERM-CSA team of scientists, biologists,
and engineers; ERM is leading the activities associated with this program on behalf of ZEN. ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, social and sustainability consulting services with over three decades of experience in the Canadian
Francis Dubé, ZEN CEO commented, “Our research and development work, with the goal of building an IP portfolio, is central to ZEN’s business plan
and I am grateful to see our collaborators back in their labs. Workplace health and safety is paramount and new protocols in line with Health Canada’s recommendations are now in place at all of the industry and university labs.”
ZEN Graphene Solutions
is seeking advanced applied graphene-related research projects where ZEN could support this research by providing customized graphene materials and, in some cases, funding in exchange for some commercialization rights to be negotiated. Please submit your
proposals in confidence to researchproposals@ZENGraphene.com.
Mr. Peter Wood, P.Eng, P.Geo., President of ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd., is the “Qualified Person” for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed, prepared and supervised
the preparation of the technical information contained in this news release.