Numerous industries and government agencies carry out analyses every day using inductively coupled plasma (ICP) instruments that typically waste 95% of the sample. A greener approach would not generate any sample waste. During this project, an infrared heated pre-evaporation tube will be developed and coupled to nebulizers from the industrial partner so as to allow 100% sample introduction.
Photon Control Inc. is a Burnaby, British Columbia company that designs and manufactures a wide range of optical sensors & instruments to measure temperature, pressure, position, and flow in the semiconductor, oil and gas, power, life science, and manufacturing industries. The operating principle of many of their products is based on the optical response of phosphor materials and are well suited to applications in harsh environments.
There is a need for customers to use a simple test method to determine if the fuel blends they are using are of the proper composition for fuel efficiency, environment- friendliness and engine cylinder compatibility. But it is difficult to determine the composition of oil/fuel/ethanol mixtures without detailed and expensive chemical analysis. It is because the different hydrocarbons in oils or in fuels are hard to differentiate by physical change or by simple chemical reactions such as pH change.
The development of a safety assessment model for spent nuclear fuel disposal with special emphasis on radiolytic corrosion of the copper fuel waste container
The project will involve a partnership between the Western University, where the intern is enrolled in the Chemistry PhD program, and the Surface Science Western (SSW). The SSW is a commercial organization which does contract research and problem-solving for industrial companies and is contracted to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to support the development of corrosion models for copper waste containers.
Steady increases in world population necessitate continued growth in staple food production, together with the production of dietary supplements such as vitamins. Chemical synthesis of supplement compounds is in many cases not commercially viable, and therefore alternative production methods must be sought. It has been shown that algae accumulate supplements, such as the high-value compound astaxanthin.
Copper is an important metal for microelectronics: it acts as interconnects (i.e., the wiring) between the devices in the microchip. As microchips get smaller, it is more difficult to make this wiring by traditional methods. Thus, a new technology (atomic layer deposition, ALD) is positioned to enable the deposition of copper when interconnects need to be formed on the nanoscale. Presently, there is no ALD process that adequately deposits copper with the necessary conductivity to act as an interconnect.
Enviroshake Inc. markets a very successful product: composite roof shakes. These shakes have the appearance of cedar but outperform cedar roof shakes in lifetime. The current composite roof shake is primarily composed of a mixture of commercial plastics blended with wood fillers. Enviroshake Inc. would like to redefine the binding agent to a lower priced material whilst maintaining or improving upon the performance of the shakes.
POS Bio-Sciences currently performs extractions, fractionations, and purifications on a variety of bio-based materials including food ingredients, health ingredients, nutraceuticals, agricultural materials, and cosmetics. Access to improved separation techniques will allow POS Bio-Sciences to offer enhanced solutions to its current client base and potentially provide new services to the pharmaceutical industry, which has high standards for sample purity.
Diamond like carbon (DLC) is an amorphous form of carbon with a high fraction of diamond-like (sp3) bonds. DLC thin films have many attractive attributes including extraordinary hardness, enhanced lubrication and wear resistance properties. Aurora Scientific Corp. is the provider of advanced vacuum coating systems based on its patented physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology. Aurora is seeking to improve their DLC thin film deposition technology by optimizing the conditions required to deposit high quality DLC coatings.
The proposed research project looks at the hydrogen economy, where hydrogen can be used in place of fossil fuels for the worlds’ energy needs. Although touted as a sustainable option for global energy demand, the vast majority of hydrogen continues to be produced by industrial, fossil fuel-based processes such as steam reforming of natural gas. Our research aims to lower costs of hydrogen production in hopes to adopt wide-spread use and eliminate the need to rely on fossil fuels. Our partner organization, FireWater Fuel Corp.