Optimization of Dispersin B in Escherichia coli

Kane Biotech Inc. is a Manitoba based company that provides innovative technologies that breakdown and disperse microbial biofilms. Dispersin B is an enzyme that both inhibits and disperses bacterial biofilms. Kane Biotech Inc. has expressed this enzyme protein in E. coli, with the goal of developing Dispersin B based products. Dispersin B yield and cost effective production are critical factors affecting the market opportunities for Kane Biotech’s Dispersin B products, estimated to be $10million in the next few years. Kane Biotech and Dr.

Enhancing the Functionality of Zinc Anodes in Repaired Concrete/Material

Mitigating the corrosion of reinforcement in RC structures is a critical issue for Canada’s civil infrastructure, especially with the continual use of deicing salts during winter. This pilot study will provide crucial information on the functional range of resistivity of repair materials/concretes and anode spacing, which will optimize the efficiency of an economical technology (zinc anodes) at protecting embedded reinforcement from the risk of corrosion.

Phase II: Genomics and Lipid Studies for Flavour Selection in Pork

The hog industry in Manitoba is a very efficient means of converting grains and pulses into
high quality protein. Fresh pork is a healthy and nutritious source of protein, yet demand
remains static. One of the main reasons cited by consumers for not choosing pork is the
absence of good taste in modern pork. The objective of this project, which is a continuation
from Phase I of this project is to get fresh pork back on the dinner table by restoring its

Operational Hydrological Forecasting in the Nelson-Churchill Watershed Using Gridded Climate Data

In order to understand the movement of water in all its three phases on, under, and above the ground, scientists known as hydrologists use computer models. These models simulate the volume of water that runs through river in response to the amount of rainfall that has reached the ground during a specific time period. Hydrologists typically use weather stations to learn how much rain has fallen over the land. In Canada and in remote parts of the country, there are not many weather stations available.

Protection and control of hybrid LCC-VSC multi-terminal HVDC transmission systems against DC faults

Two High Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission technologies, the mature Line Commutated Converter (LCC) and newer Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technologies have their own pros and cons. For a HVDC transmission system carrying power from a single generation center to multiple load centers, by using a multi-terminal LCC-VSC type hybrid HVDC configuration, advantages of both technologies can be exploited. There is also the possibility of tapping into existing point-to-point LCC transmission lines using this hybrid configuration to supply intermediate locations.

Production of Canola Oil Based Healthy Food Emulsifiers Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Media

Emulsifiers, specifically diacylglycerides and monoacylglycerides, have the potential to replace fats and oils high in saturated fats such as palm and thus provide healthy and low-caloric food products. Canola based DAGs and MAGs not only can reduce the saturated fat content and food calories, they also can improve the functionalities of food products. However, they are produced using costly and environmentally unfriendly “enzyme in solvent” systems, and have shortcomings when utilized in certain food applications.

Trends, opportunities and adaptive strategies in the natural fiber market

As the consumption of cigarettes declines in North America and Europe market, a company that specializes in manufacturing specialty papers is seeking new opportunities with its natural fiber productions. This research intends to identify new market trends and opportunities for natural fibers in the competitive environment; provide a comprehensive analysis in worldwide natural fiber industries; and to develop strategies by applying marketing segmentation strategy and differentiation strategy to respond to the market.

Effectiveness of recycled glass as a wastewater effluent filtration media: A pilot-scale study

With increased emphasis on water quality in the Lake Winnipeg watershed, more stringent guidelines for wastewater effluents are being implemented. Smaller municipalities and remote communities, with limited financial resources, will be facing regulatory pressures, particularly around discharge of phosphorus, as well as micropollutants such as estrogens, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. To ensure the release of high quality wastewater effluents post-lagoon treatment technologies such as subsurface filtration systems are being employed for enhanced removal of pollutants.

Wide Area Measurement Based Robust Damping Controllers for Power Systems with Embedded Power Electronic Devices

This research will investigate Wide Area Measurement based controllers for improving stability in systems with HVDC and FACTS devices embedded in AC networks. The approach will extend the candidate’s Ph.D. research which introduced a new method that is always able to guarantee improved damping of all modes in the face wide changes in the network. The approach will lead to controller designs which are robust against configuration or operating point changes, or communication loss.

Transitional REM Sleep Brain Connectomes and Seizure Susceptibility

Seizures are rare while dreaming in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. New research, however, suggests seizures may rebound during unstable REM sleep. This may be due to brain wiring (“connectivity”) since a highly connected brain is more prone to seizures, and connectivity changes from wakefulness to sleep. Brainwave tracings (“EEG”) can generate connectivity maps (“connectomes”) but adequate connectome resolution requires many EEG electrodes (“high density EEG”). This study uses high density EEG to examine brain connectomes and seizure susceptibility in unstable REM sleep.