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.
The build-up and transport of contaminants in aquifer systems occurs through a variety of processes. The leaching of contaminants from industrial waste and debris in landfill sites during rainfall events represents a major source of water borne contaminants which threaten ground and surface aquifer systems in Mexico and other regions. The internship research project involves the design of nanofiltration media involves studies of their equilibrium and time dependent uptake properties toward leachates obtained from a landfill site in Mexico.
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.
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 fundamental processes in Dielectric Barrier Discharge Devices used in air quality improvement.
Air Phaser is a proprietary product produced by Air Phaser Environmental and designed to oxidize and/or reduce air-borne pollutants that need to be transformed to environmentally benign forms. The Air Phaser uses electrical discharges to destroy and break down the VOC’s present in the contaminated air. Although, the technology is effective for many VOC’s, some classes of compounds, specifically aromatic species, are not degraded enough to completely eliminate odor or potential adverse health impacts.