Graduate Opportunity

Graphite Innovation and Technologies Inc. (GIT) has partnered with the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Ocean Graduate Excellence Network (OGEN) and Mitacs Accelerate to offer four unique opportunities for those embarking on a Masters or PhD.

OGEN pairs students with academic supervisors and industry leaders to allow a full-spectrum, hands-on experience designed to equip the next generation of ocean researchers. It brings together the best to learn, research, network, collaborate and make a real difference academically, commercially, and to government. OGEN re-imagines and amplifies the impact of our partner universities’ degree programs, unlocking novel career opportunities.

We are seeking university supervisors with background in green renewable coatings, materials science, paint formulation, advanced coatings for antifouling and anticorrosive protection.  

Supervisors must be affiliated with one of OFI’s four partner universities, Dalhousie, ,Memorial, UPEI or UNB. A workshop aligning potential supervisors with OGEN and GIT aims will be held soon, at a date TBA.

Current positions:

Advanced Marine Coatings – Development, characterization, and assessment of  Smart Marine Coatings.  

This  joint research program runs in the Halifax-Dartmouth technological park for 3 years from June of 2020.

It encompasses three sub-projects: 

  1. Life cycle assessment of Smart Marine Coatings (Eng) 
  2. Study of the fundamental elements of biofouling growth on engineer surfaces (Biology or Chemistry) 
  3. Development and characterization of durable foul release smart marine coatings (Materials Science). 


For inquiries regarding possible co-supervisorship of the GIT-OGEN projects, please contact: 

Marciel Gaier, CTO at Graphite Innovation and Technologies Inc. ( 


The project consists of a comparative assessment between the new environmentally  friendly coatings that will be developed by GIT and a benchmark marine coating – such  as anti-fouling biocide-based, copolymer auto polishing, or foul release marine coatings.  Graphene-based coatings have demonstrated potential to be a suitable eco-friendly  alternative to protect ship hulls against corrosion and biofouling. The significance of this  project is to demonstrate the ability of graphene-based coatings versus traditional marine coatings to reduce marine industry emissions while minimizing harm to marine  life.  

The development will include the synthesis of green chemistry formulations that will  have surface characteristics that are repulsive to ocean micro-organisms and develop  an “easy to clean effect,” other than being ultra-low drag surfaces so the ships will  consume less fuel. Factors such as biofouling growth, adhesion of fouling organisms,  types of fouling in each environmental, operational, and environmental impacts, coating  adhesion performance, effect of surface characteristics on shipping fuel efficiency,  effect of VOC/GHG emissions on a global scale.

The project will consider marine  coatings in its five stages, as follows: production of coating, application of coating,  operation of the ship with coating, maintenance of the ship (hull cleaning and recoating  if necessary), end of life and disposal.

About Mitacs

Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by  solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions. It is  funded by the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Government of  British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the  Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the  Government of Ontario, Innovation PEI, the Government of Quebec, the Government of  Saskatchewan, and the Government of Yukon. For information about Mitacs and its  programs, see


About the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) was established in September 2016 through a partnership led by Dalhousie University, Memorial University and the University of Prince Edward Island.

An international hub for ocean research, OFI brings together experts from both sides of the North Atlantic to explore the vast potential of the ocean.

OFI research focuses on the North Atlantic and Canadian Arctic Gateway, which includes the Labrador Sea and eastern portions of the straits of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.


About Graphite Innovation and Technologies (GIT)

As Canada’s leading graphene protective coatings company, GIT is focused on using graphene to deliver solutions for a wide range of applications, including marine transportation. Our smart coatings technologies aim to tackle and solve complex issues by being part of the solution, with the end goal of solving the environmental crisis and saving money for the shipping industry.


To apply for a position in the program, send an email with resume and cover letter, plus a list of publications to and