Ozone Disinfection of Commercial Goods at Global Scale

This project investigates the possible use of the oxygen coproduct from electrolytic hydrogen production, as a feed to produce ozone for disinfection purposes. The shift to a hydrogen economy will see a significant increase in the amount of oxygen produced, and currently, this oxygen has no use. It is possible to capture the oxygen, and to convert oxygen to ozone. The technological challenge is to determine the limits for safe operation of the ozone disinfection processes. This project will scope the this concept with the proposed application of sterilization in a distribution warehouse.

Clinical translation of carbohydrate nanomedicines for gene therapy

Nowadays, we are facing a lifetime risk to acquire cancer. Gene therapy has emerged as a promising and alternative approach for the treatment of several types of cancers as compared to chemo/radio therapy. For introducing these genes into the human body, a vehicle is necessary to protect them from degradation in the physiological environment and also to ensure that the new genes are directed to the desire sites. Sugar polymers are of great interest because they are able to mimic natural glycan’s in our body, ensuring its safety and biocompatibility.

Design of biodegradable bioplastics utilizing hemp

In last few year, due to bad impression, single used plastics has received huge attention from scientist, environmentalist and attentive people from different part of the world. Since only a fraction of these plastics are recycled or repurposed, due to numerous reasons, municipal and industrial waste contain a large portion as plastics. As Canada is planning to put a ban on single used plastics by the end of 2021, putting an effort to replace these plastics with bio-based, compostable, and biodegradable plastics could be a potential solution.

Developing an interfacing platform technology for silicon-micromachined JFET biosensors

Biosensors are can detect a variety of molecules in a rapid and highly sensitive manner. A new biosensing technology was developed to allow scientists to customize the biomolecular target they wanted to detect, called an open-gated silicon junction field effect transistor (JFET). However, this technology lacks user friendly packaging needed accommodate its use in diverse research settings. This can discourage people from using and building new sensing platforms.

Catalyst development and characterization for microwave reactors

Hydrogen is a clean energy and its demand continues to rise rapidly in recent years. While hydrogen can be produced at low cost at large scale, the significant cost and complexity of distribution significantly increases its cost when used in smaller quantities in the emerging fuel cell electric vehicle market. Microwave technology is an alternative technology to produce hydrogen on-site, on-demand, which is right for cost effective small-scale minimal emissions. This proposed project is to develop a robust catalyst for microwave-assisted hydrogen production.

Elastomer composites as functional binders for lithium sulfur batteries

Lithium-sulfur batteries (LSBs) have ultra-high energy density (~2600 Wh kg-1) and have great potential as power sources for electric vehicles and portable electronics. However, they suffer from the problems of low practical ability and poor life span, which limit their wide application.

Bioprocessing of Cellulose-Based Plants for Beverage Fermentation

Province Brands of Canada brews beverages from sugars derived from agricultural wastes such as hemp stems and stalks. The resulting beer is flavorful and nutritiously functional. The stems and stalks must be broken down to produce a glucose syrup suitable for brewing. In order to improve overall results and consistency of final products, Province Brands will collaborate with Dr. Heather Trajano and her team to investigate strategies to increase the removal of acetyl group impurities from hemp stems and stalks and increase the sugars recovered. In addition, Dr.

Smart Battery Management System by Integrating Physics-basedModeling and AI-based Methodology

The electrification of the automobile industry is one of the main paths toward global decarbonization and a promising solution to address oil supply shortages and environmental pollution. However, the EV industry still faces critical challenges such as long charging time, low battery lifetime, and safety considerations, which restrict widespread adoption of EVs. In this project, we aim to develop a hybrid modeling framework to tackle these challenges.

Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis for Production of Synthetic Jet Fuel

Greenfield Global is developing a process to produce jet fuel from renewable materials, such as waste biomass and organic municipal waste. Fischer–Tropsch synthesis converts a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen (synthesis gas) that was produced from the waste biomass and organic municipal waste into a synthetic crude oil that can be refined to produce jet fuel. This project deals only with Fischer–Tropsch synthesis.

IoT based Image Processing Analytics and Network Connectivity for Automated Drone Surveillance

Unmanned Arial Surveillance is rapidly gaining acceptance for various applications, such as monitoring of long power transmission lines, pipelines and mass transit systems that extend for hundreds of kilometers. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) such as drones provide the flexibility to reduce costs. In the case of natural disaster occurrence such as earthquake, flood or hurricane, drones can quickly fly over to high risk areas where human access would be impossible or dangerous and provide information for rescue operations, etc.