Gasification of novel moisture-resistant fuel pellets to synthesis gas and comparison of their performance to those with commercial Power Pellets™

The proposed research deals with the gasification of novel moisture-resistant fuel pellets (developed previously in Dr. Dalai’s Lab) to synthesis gas. For this purpose the gasification process parameter will be optimized to maximize the conversion. Then the results will be scaled-up in a continuous pilot scale gasifier. These results will be compared to those with the commercial one. At the end, the technoeconomic analysis of the process will be analyzed. The partner organization will be benefitted from exploring the commercial feasibility of novel moisture resistant pellets.

Design and Control of a Reconfigurable Packaging System

DCZS Intelligent Systems Inc. focuses on providing solutions for industrial automation as well as on facilitating the need of research facilitates and universities. DCZS is currently developing a Box Packaging Automation System (BPAS), targeting the growing needs in packaging/assembling processes in industry. Currently, BPAS is designed based on certain box packaging style and limited size range, and is not versatile for packing boxes with different creasing pattern. To meet seasonal demand from different end customers, a rapid change of the folding tools is required.

Rational Design of Advanced Materials

Society is in a constant quest for new advanced materials. Whether it be a material harder than diamond, more conductive than silver, or more insulating than aerogel, new advanced materials feed technological innovation.

The classical way to design new materials is through experiments. Experiments are expensive, slow, potentially hazardous, and require a significant amount of human expertise and intervention. Success can often be directly attributed to the skill of the individual experimentalist and the particular equipment employed.

Mechanism of Failure of Pipeline Steels in Sour Environment

Safety of transportation of oil and gas provides a guarantee for sustainable energy supply. The fracture of linepipe may lead to environmental catastrophe and significant economic losses. Hydrogen induced cracking (HIC), sulphide stress cracking (SSC) and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in various types of linepipe steels are phenomena that are responsible for the majority of linepipe failures. The information recently published by us and other researchers indicates that special textured steels can be resistant to both HIC and SCC.

Harmful algal blooms: Links between lake ecology, chemistry, and drinking water treatment

Overall project:
Human activities can profoundly alter aquatic ecosystems and create major challenges for the provision of safe drinking water. For example, high nutrient loads can dramatically increase algal productivity. This in turn can alter lake chemistry and ecology, which can have significant effects on water treatment processes. Ecological changes can include the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. An increase in the frequency and severity of algal blooms is a major concern across Canada and globally.

Incidence, pathogenesis and control measures of Enterococcus infections in chicken embryos and neonatal broiler chickens (New)

Yolk sac infections have become the number one disease problem in the broiler chicken industry in Canada.
The emergence of yolk sac infections due to Enterococcus species has increased over the last two years at
poultry hatcheries in Saskatchewan and as a result, chick quality and broiler performance have decreased

Customary International Law Norms on Indigenous Rights in Comparative Case Law

This research project is part of a larger research programme on Indigenous rights in constitutional and international law. Within this particular project, the faculty member is examining decisions of different domestic courts that bear on customary international law on Indigenous rights.

Hydrotreating of heavy gas oil using mesoporous materials supported NiMo catalysts

The sulfur and nitrogen containing compounds present in crude oil, needs to be removed before downstream catalytic processing of crude oil because (i) sulfur is known to be poisonous for catalyst and (ii) to meet stringent environment regulations. The most widely used process for sulfur and nitrogen removal is hydrotreating. Hydrotreating is a catalytic process at high temperature of 350-400 °C and moderate pressures of 1200-1400psi. The conventional catalyst used for hydrotreating is Ni or Co and Mo or W supported on .-Al2O3. The majority of petroleum reserves in Canada are in Oil sands.

Imaging Processing and Machine Learning in Clinical Microscopy

In many clinical laboratory and pathology testing procedures, visual examination of microscopic slides is needed, e.g., to classify disease developments, to detect the interactions of micro-organisms, to assess the effectiveness of drugs, to determine cell viability and proliferation, etc. These tasks can be found in many important clinical applications, including cancer research, hematology, pharmacology, and genetic testing.

Traditionally, these tasks are performed manually by a qualified laboratory technician.

Structural and Functional Investigation of Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1)

The research project involves investigating the structure and function of DISC1 subdomains. As DISC1 is a large protein with multiple functions, breaking it down into its subdomains will facilitate our understanding of its biology. The biochemical and biophysical properties of subdomains will be characterized. This 12-week project will allow the student to learn how to use a state-of-the-art protein chromatography system to produce large quantity of proteins needed for downstream structural biological investigation.