The production of pellets made from biochar and waste organic material for soil amendment

Recent studies demonstrated that biochar produced from the thermochemical decomposition of biomass at high temperatures without oxygen (pyrolysis) can be used as a soil amendment to improve soil properties, sequester carbon and reduce soil greenhouse gas emissions. However, uniform and safe application of biochar in field is a drawback, due to the low density and particle size of biochar. Thus, the general objective of this internship research project is to produce pellets made from biochar that could be used for soil amendment in order to improve soil physico-chemical properties.

Study of Cyclic Solvent Injection (CSI) Process with Carbon Dioxide/Methane/Propane Mixture Solvent

This project is to perform systematic studies to better understand key recovery mechanisms of mixture solvent CSI process and provide fundamental parameters for field-scaled prediction. For mass transfer, a methodology of measuring diffusion coefficients for multiple components simultaneously dissolving into heavy oil systems under bulk volume and porous medium conditions will be established. For foamy oil flow, its properties of non-equilibrium will be investigated by PVT measurement and depletion tests, respectively.

Process optimization for extraction of compounds from natural sources

The proposed research project aims to optimize the conditions for Carbon dioxide eXpanded Liquid Extraction (CXLE) which uses liquefied Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and ethanol as co-solvents for extraction of compounds from natural sources. Design alterations will be implemented to a Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) unit at the partner organization (BioFoodTech) to perform CXLE and further increase the extraction amount as well as extraction rate.

Review of Dry Comminution Technologies and Innovations

Goldcorp recently announced a new initiative referred to as H2zero with the goal of reducing water usage in their mining operations by 80 to 100%. Mineral processing and specifically comminution and mineral separation are the main consumers of water. This research focuses on dry comminution technologies and represents a first step towards advancing dry comminution as part of a longer term goal and research intersect. A literature review will be conducted to compile information about existing and novel dry comminution technologies.

A Cloud-based Real Time Infrastructure Monitoring System

The proposed research focuses on developing a secure, reliable and real-time heterogeneous communication system to monitor and protect utility assets such as metering infrastructure, pumps and underground pipelines. The proposed system will be able to collect and aggregate data and upload the data through a cloud gateway to allow remote monitoring and control. The proposed system will interface the transmitted data with Lexcom’s Capital Infrastructure Management Systems (CIMS).

Molten Salt Reactor Dynamics Analysis Phase 1

This project seeks to understand how a next-generation nuclear reactor, a molten salt reactor, behaves under various conditions. Particular attention is paid to aspects of the reactor’s performance that could have an impact on its safe operation. This research focuses on how the various properties of the reactor evolve in time after a change to the reactor’s operating configuration is made. The analysis is done using state-of-the-art computer codes and a multi-physics approach that model both the nuclear and thermal behaviour of the reactor.

Sentiment Analysis with Parsed Representation of News Articles

Information published by financial news agencies is used as one of the inputs to make investment decisions. News articles from multiple sources can be used to gauge market sentiment towards an industry or a specific company. Deep learning techniques have been successful in producing state of the art results on various benchmark datasets (Dai & Le, 2015; Miyato et al., 2016). Most of the popular algorithms extract features from words, sentences or paragraphs and represent them as fixed-length vectors (Mikolov et al., 2013; Le & Mikolov, 2014).

Digital tools for Ottawa’s Cultural Heritage Conservation: Ottawa New Edinburgh Club Boat-House (ONEC)

Heritage information plays an essential role in the adequate planning and monitoring of conservation strategies. Digital tools have revolutionized the speed and the accuracy in recording heritage places. This pilot project addresses how to integrate information gathered through digital technology into coherent graphic record (floor plans, section, and elevations) and how to understand the relationship between recording and good conservation decision-making. It will test how to integrate strategies for emerging digital technologies in the rehabilitation of architectural heritage.

Development of a novel skirting system for residential housing using composites

Canadian Vinyls Inc., based in Kelowna BC since 1994, has grown to become Canada's largest distributor for vinyl skirting. CV represents an example of robust, local small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the region, poised for expansion. The company through MITCAS support and interaction with the university team desires to bring on R&D capability to take advantage of perceived opportunities in creating an improved product and bringing more manufacturing opportunities locally.


Western Canada has vast heavy oil deposits in many thin heavy oil reservoirs with less than 10-m main pay zones. The cold heavy oil production with sand (CHOPS) is the primary production process for the heavy oil reservoirs. However, a typical CHOPS process can recover only 5?15% of the initial oil-in-place and waterflooding has had a limited success.