Lakehead University professor Inder Nirdosh is the recipient of a $145,000-grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for a mineral collector project. Nirdosh has been experimenting for 15 years on flotation techniques to float ore particles in a slurry solution to allow minerals to be skimmed out of the mix. Though the technique has been used for some time, Nirdosh believes there is a more inexpensive way to float minerals without using copper sulfate as an activator additive. Five mining companies are contributing a further $100,000 to continue this research. Some of the money will be used to hire a research associate, a graduate student and some summer interns.