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Stephane Blais, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — The Courtois Foundation is granting $159 million to the Université de Montréal to accelerate the discovery of new materials.

According to UdeM, this is the largest donation ever made in the natural sciences in Canada and will enable researchers in chemistry, physics, computer science and operational research “to solve the greatest scientific, economic, environmental and social issues of our time.

The donation will be used to create the Courtois Institute, which will allow researchers to study, for example, the creation of greener batteries, the improvement of the functionality of 3D printed objects or the options for replacing polluting minerals to be extracted. .