Metamaterial in Solar Energy Harvesting Devices

Solar energy is one of the best sources of environmentally friendly reliable energy. Metamaterials is one of the subjects of nanotechnology, which applies scientific and engineering principles to make and utilize very small things— things at the nanometer scale, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. How to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of power collected by crystalline silicon solar cells with Metamaterials is a subject of great interest and also the objective of this project.

Development of new seaweed based plant biostimulant products and understanding their mode of action

Plant biostimulant is a new class of agricultural input that has gained importance and wide acceptance in the last few years. Acadian Seaplants Limited, a marine biotechnology company, manufactures liquid and powdered Ascophyllum nodosum extract plant biostimulants. To maintain the leadership in plant biostimulants ASL has embarked on developing new A. nodosum based biostimulatns. This project will focus on new product development by adopting novel seaweed processing technologies, creating blends of seaweed extracts and functional ingredients.

The use of inertial measurement units to quantify sport-specific movement patterns in elite sprint kayak athletes

Canoe kayak athletes use difficult body movements to move their boats at fast speeds. It has been hard to measure body movements that are needed to win paddling races in the past. Wearable devices are now able to measure athlete’s body movements when they are paddling. The goal of this research is to learn new ways to give athletes information about their movements so they can be better at their sport. The intern will learn how to use the wearable devices to help the athlete’s become faster paddlers.

Utilization of Supersolidus Liquid Phase Sintering (SLPS) in Metal Injection Molding (MIM) for Superalloys in aerospace applications

Powder metallurgy uses metal powders to produce parts of varying complexity. The processes can generally be divided in two big steps. The first is to form the powder into the required shape. This is generally done by pressing or molding the powder. The second step is to consolidate the powder into a solid piece of metal. This is done by heating the formed powder just below its melting temperature. At this point the metal particles will slowly coalesce into a uniform metal structure.

Development of a Real Time Bioelectric BOD Sensor for Wastewater Effluent Compliance Monitoring

The necessity of cost-efficient and reliable wastewater treatment processes has increased in order to meet more stringent levels of environmental regulations, increased system reliability requirements and tightening operational budgets. To aid in meeting these operational goals, a strong market for low-cost, high-fidelity sensor technology that can relay real-time information to system operators on all aspects of wastewater treatment system performance has developed.

Immune modulation with checkpoint inhibitor antibodies targeting GITR or OX40 to improve cancer immune therapy with DepoVaxTM vaccine and metronomic cyclophosphamide

Immunovaccine Inc. is developing immune therapies for cancer using the company’s DepoVaxTM vaccine technology. DepoVax is a patented formulation provides controlled and prolonged exposure of antigens and adjuvants to the immune system, resulting in a strong, specific and sustained immune response. Immunovaccine’s translational research team is focused on improving responses in advanced cancers by combining DepoVax based vaccines with novel immune modulators in order to improve clinical trial design.

Impact of Lake Recovery on Agricultural Ecosystem Services

Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in the Eastern US, has long been identified to acidify Nova Scotia lakes. However, due to a reduction in the use of high-sulphur fossil fuels, lakes are beginning to recover which is resulting in chemical and biological changes. In Nova Scotia, lakes are often relied on to provide nutrient cycling of domestic wastewater, and agricultural wastewater and run-off. However, it is unknown what effect lake recovery will have on nutrient cycling.

Comparative Analysis of Milking Systems in Nova Scotia to improve efficiency and sustainability of water resource

This project will provide a detailed evaluation of the energy, water and labour requirements of the four different types of milking systems used in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia currently has 36 robotic milking systems installed with more expected in the near future. It is generally considered that robotic systems use more water than free stall systems, however tie stall systems use less than free stall. If the industry is moving to high water use systems then such evaluations are important to ensure a sustainable and responsible approach to water use if achieved.

Underwater Acoustic Channel Characterization for Ultra-Sonic Communication Applications

There is an increase in commercial subsea activity, as well as a growing need to monitor the health of our oceans and rivers. Remote sensors must be deployed underwater. Because of the high level of activity along the coast, in harbours, and even in rivers, the sensors are often deployed in shallow environments. To reduce the costs, small untethered nodes are preferable, and the remote data is transmitted to the surface via a wireless technology. In this work, underwater ultra-sonic communication is proposed to enable a short range telemetry link.

Predictive Analytics and Applications for Clinical Support in Orthopaedics

Nova Scotia is one of the oldest demographics in Canada, with increasing rates of total knee arthroplasty (TKA), yet the identification of high-risk surgical TKA candidates prior to surgery at a patient-level remains inconclusive, limiting our ability to improve care management. The objective of this research is to explore Nova Scotia’s rich and comprehensive research and clinical databases related to osteoarthritis and TKA, and identify linkages between patient-specific factors, treatment options, and health outcomes, through personalized medicine analytical modeling.