Developing a prototype electrowetting on dielectric device to perform immunoassays

The goal of this project is to develop a prototype microfluidic device to rapidly determine whether a target protein is present in a sample. Applications of this device include genomic and proteomic research, pharmaceutical testing, and quality control for various industries, including food preparation. The prototype will make use of electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) actuation, which uses the application of electric fields to manipulate confined droplets. Unlike conventional microfluidic devices, EWOD devices do not require complex features for flow control or external pumping.

Hierarchical Heat Transfer Modelling in High-End Electronic Devices

One of the main challenges in the development of nano-scale devices is that the conventional physical relations and techniques, which have been used for modelling thermal problems at macro-scales, are no longer valid at these small scales.  In this project, we are developing a new hierarchial methodology to be applied to thermal management issues for nano-scale devices.  The impact of elecromigration in a joule heating form will also be explored.  Devices with nano-scale feature sizes are currently employed in high-end electronic systems.  In this method, we include the atomistic level effe

Flow velocity measurements in a gas turbine engine

The proposed project aims to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in the next generation of aircraft engines.  Better aerodynamics, higher efficiency and reduced weight are possible by improving the performance of the core engine components (ie.

Modelling of integrated biomass gasification and solid oxide fuel cell systems

Integrated solid oxide fuel cell and biomass gasification systems are one of the most promising energy technologies of the future. Usage of this system to utilize biomass yields better performance and environmental impact compared to the conventional biomass utilization technologies, e.g. steam turbine and internal combustion engine. However, to get the most benefit from this system, the configurations and operating parameters of this system should be optimized, which can be done through modeling.

Study of dielectric response in progressive tension-increase tests on stator windings on large rotating machines

Progressive tension-increase tests are one of the diagnostic methods currently used by Hydro-Québec for the stator isolation system on its hydro alternators. This test is part of MIDA, an expert diagnostics toolkit in use at Hydro-Québec. The effect of certain flaws affecting the quality of the signal during the test, especially with regard to the problem of copper-insulation delamination, has yet to be investigated.

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