Performance Evaluation of Solvent Co-Injection Scenarios in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)-Based Bitumen Recovery

Through the outlined objectives and methodologies, this project aims at evaluating the performance of the solvent assisted bitumen recovery techniques under various operation scenarios and in presence of reservoir heterogeneities. The objectives are fulfilled through advance numerical reservoir simulation studies, detailed review of the present technologies, and analyzing the laboratory/field production results. Ms. Fazlyeva will be accomplishing the outlined tasks under direct supervisions of senior reservoir engineering and technology developers.

Development of optimized contact materials for interconnect layers in reversible solid oxide fuel cells for the conversion of CO2 and H2O to syngas

SeeO2 Energy has developed world-leading catalysts for reversible solid oxide fuel cell (RSOFC) systems with promising performance to produce syngas from H2O:CO2 feeds. The company has scaled-up the technology and has moved closer towards commercialization by building larger cells. However, assembling the RSOFC stack presents challenges due to issues associated with contact materials especially at the oxygen side of interconnects. The contact material connects the respective electrodes and interconnect and provides high electrical conduction paths between the interconnect and electrodes.

Study of the synergistic effects of fatigue and corrosion in CA6NM steels and welds for hydraulic turbine applications

In this project we propose to evaluate the synergistic effects of fatigue and corrosion to further understand the degradation mechanism of the alloys used by our partner. This will help the partner defining their total cost of ownership & develop mitigating corrosion strategies to ensure long term sustainability of their infrastructure.

Scale-up synthesis and commercialization of poly(3-alkyltellurophenes)

Polytellurophenes are an emerging class of semiconducting polymers showing promises in organic electronics. However, their commercial potentials are still held back by the synthetic scale. In this collaborative efforts with 1-materials, we aim to develop a synthetic strategy to produce polytellurophenes from a laboratory scale to a pilot scale to meet the increasing market demands. The synthesis will be scale up to produce 500 mg and 2.5 g polytellurophenes in one single batch at Stage 1 and Stage 2, respectively.

Development of Hormone At-Home Testing Kits

The ability of couples to conceive is highly dependent on hormonal levels. With age, conception becomes more challenging and there is a direct need for women to control their fertility by monitoring their hormone levels, mostly Estradiol. The purpose of this project is to develop an at-home testing kit for estradiol monitoring. By developing a sensor which is hyphenated to a wireless data transmission system, estradiol in saliva can be detected and the measurements made by the sensor can be transmitted through Wi-Fi to an app that can track estradiol levels over periods of time.

Development of a robust SPR system for the detection of growth factors in an insect-based expression platform

Growth factors are signaling molecules used in cell culture that provide cues to cells. They are one of the key inputs and main consumables in lab growth meat production. Because of this, they are the main driver of production costs. Future Fields is a Canadian biotechnology company that has developed a more cost-effective and scalable platform for producing key growth factors for lab grown meat production; however, analysis of growth factors produced in Future Fields’ system is costly and time consuming.

Hyperpolarized 129Xe Cerebral Perfusion MRI Imaging Development

Imaging of cerebral perfusion (the delivery of blood to a capillary bed in the brain tissue) is significant for diagnosing a variety of diseases. There are multiple challenges associated with perfusion imaging which significantly limits the quality of cerebral perfusion images. I am planning to develop a novel approach of cerebral perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarized (HP) xenon-129 (129Xe). To conduct HP 129Xe perfusion imaging, I am developing a novel HP MRI Time-of-Flight (TOF) pulse sequence.

Synthesis and characterization of a new generation of bone targeting anabolic prodrugs - Year two

Prostaglandin E2 stimulates bone formation in vivo and exerts its effects through the EP4 receptor. Unfortunately prostaglandin E2 and agonists for the EP4 receptor also cause unacceptable systemic side effects which have limited their clinical use as anabolic agents. We developed novel bone-targeting prodrugs that can deliver EP4 agonists selectively to bone and liberate active drug slowly in situ to effect bone formation while avoiding the side effects.

Production and Characterization of Lead-203 for Radiotheranostic Molecular Imaging

With the high prevalence of cancer in the Canadian population, the need for rapid, personalized diagnostic tests is as evident as ever. Nuclear imaging allows for the visualization and diagnosis of diseases, including cancer, by detecting the emitted radiation from an administered disease-seeking molecule that has been labeled with a radioactive isotope (radiotracer). Lead-203 (203Pb) is a radioactive isotope compatible with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a proven imaging technique.

Fingernail-attachable electronics with integrated, NFC controlled, flexible displays for decorative purposes

AIM Colours is looking to revolutionize self-expression by combining cosmetics with technology through the creation of eCosmetics. We envision eCosmetic applications as devices that can be continuously colour-manipulated from any mobile device, creating a world where anyone can be empowered by make-up instantaneously. These project requires the seamless integration of engineering and chemistry, especially since the field of decorative wearable electronics is currently underdeveloped. The purpose of this project is to develop ePolish.