Chemistry

Development of a new sample introduction system for inductively coupled plasma spectrometry

Program: Accelerate

University: Queen's University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Telegistics Inc.

Sector: Chemicals

Intern: 
Yoseif Makonnen
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Diane Beauchemin

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.

Fiber Optic Temperature Sensors: Phosphor Deposition and Processing Improvements

Program: Accelerate

University: Simon Fraser University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Photon Control

Sector: Life sciences

Intern: 
Xin Zhang
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Gary Leach

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.

Colorimetric test strips for oil/fuel/ethanol mixtures

Program: Accelerate

University: Simon Fraser University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Fullspeed Technology Inc.

Sector: Automotive and Transportation

Intern: 
Abootaleb Sedighi
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Paul C H Li

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

Program: Accelerate

University: Western University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Surface Science Western

Sector: Mining and metallurgy

Intern: 
Linda Wu
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Clara Wren

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.

Production of high-value hydrocarbons in photosynthetic microalgae

Program: Accelerate

University: University of British Columbia

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: AlgaeCan Biotech Ltd.

Sector: Agriculture

Intern: 
Lucas Busta
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Reinhard Jetter

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.

Development of Novel Chemistry for Copper Deposition by ALD

Program: Accelerate

University: Carleton University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: GreenCentre Canada

Sector: Environmental industry

Intern: 
Jason Coyle
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Sean Barry

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.

Understanding the structure of a shake to guide product development

Program: Accelerate

University: Western University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Enviroshake Inc.

Sector: Construction and Infrastructure

Intern: 
Margaret Hanson
Faculty Supervisor: 
Drs. Kim M. Baines & Yining Huang

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.

Separating mixtures using single-file and dual-mode diffusion

Program: Accelerate

University: University of Saskatchewan

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: POS Bio-Sciences

Sector: Consumer goods

Intern: 
Surajith Nalantha Wanasundara
Faculty Supervisor: 
Drs. Richard Bowles & Raymond Spiteri

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.

Process optimization and spectroscopic analysis of diamond-like carbon films

Program: Accelerate

University: Simon Fraser University

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: Aurora Scientific Corp.

Sector: Mining and metallurgy

Intern: 
Tarak N. Burai
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Gary W. Leach

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.

Catalyst development for clean hydrogen production

Program: Accelerate

University: University of Calgary

Discipline: Chemistry

Partner: FireWater Fuel Corp.

Sector: Fuel cells

Intern: 
Rodney Smith, Paolo Bomben, Stephanie Moore, Cuijuan Zhang, John-Christopher Boyer, Maksudul Hasan, Shu Yao & Jennifer Emara,
Faculty Supervisor: 
Drs. Curtis Berlinguette & Simon Trudel

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.

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