Development of Low-Cost, Compact Optical O2 and CO2 Gas Sensors for Portable Metabolic Analyzers

The measurement of O2 consumption (V ?O2, V ?O2 max) and CO2 production (V ?CO2) is important in the health assessment. The goal of this research is to develop inexpensive optical technologies adapted from off-the-shelf components to reduce the cost and improve the performance of metabolic analyzers. VO2 Master, which is our sole partner organization, is a for-profit Vernon-based technology company that manufactures an innovative face-worn metabolic analyzer.

Replacing Legacy Materials of Aquatic Play Structures with Flexible, Durable and Low-Footprint Alternatives

The advancement in flexible high-performance plastics has stimulated worldwide research and development to expand the use of these materials in versatile products. In particular, their flexibility offers more comfort and ease of handling and installation, as compared to alternative hard materials.

Validation of CIDS System to detect and prevent corrosion under insulation

Using simplified language understandable to a layperson; provide a general, one-paragraph description of the proposed research project to be undertaken by the intern(s) as well as the expected benefit to the partner organization.

Towards the Commercialization of Perovskite Solar Cells

The project aims to design and fabricate high-performance perovskite solar cells for commercialization. Suitable fabrication methods will be employed for preparing perovskite solar cell samples in large-scale while characterizing both perovskite films and devices by utilizing a myriad of techniques. The characterization methods will provide better insight and invaluable date of the operation of perovskites and will help to mitigate the challenges of upscaling.

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing for Resource Sector Applications

Maintenance, repair, and longevity of operations in the natural resources sector continues to be a major operational priority for the sector. The sector spends more than $3B per annum on maintenance and repair issues, and when parts or equipment fails, the sector loses at least an additional $5 to $7B in revenue.

Land use implication of developing renewable energy resources: A case study of Atlantic Canada

The path to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 in Atlantic Canada is both time- and resource-constrained. Energy system models can be used in this context to compare climate change mitigation options and to strategically plan for meeting climate change goals through cost-effective and timely means. Motivated by these circumstances, Net Zero Atlantic is building an open-source energy system model for Atlantic Canada that will serve as a shared tool for answering questions about the future of our region’s energy system.

Solar-driven H2 production by photovoltaic-electrochemical water splitting

Presently, it is significant to reduce CO2 emission and other greenhouse gas emissions. One of the major CO2 emission contributors is transportation sector. To reduce emissions and achieve a zero-emission society, the use of H2 as a fuel in ground, air, and marine transportation, a feedstock in petrochemical industry, and an energy carrier for energy storage is one of the most promising and environmentally benign option.

Develop Cost-effective Road Condition Detection Algorithm for Off-road Trucks

The goal of this project is to develop a more advanced cost-effective algorithm that can detect the road condition. The pressures signal from the pressure transducers installed on the struts of the off-road trucks are acquired and analyzed. The relationship between the road condition and pressure changes will be studied and researched. Based on the study and research, a road condition monitoring data model can be developed, and bad road condition event concept can be developed and defined. The data model can be implemented in a real-time mobile controller.

Cyanobacteria Detection and Correlation to Toxin Production

Cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms have been increasing in frequency in recent years. These blooms have the potential to release toxins that can be deadly to wildlife, humans, and pets. There is currently no efficient way to predict which blooms will produce toxins. This project will compare a newly developed analysis method for detection of cyanobacteria which produce toxins to a laboratory-based method for detecting these toxins. The new method developed by Kraken Sense will be validated using a known toxin-producing cyanobacteria strain and also used to test real lake water samples.

Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring after Spinal Cord Injury

This project is a collaboration between the Phillips Lab at the University of Calgary and Vena Vitals, Inc. to use a non-invasive blood pressure measurement patch in the context of restoring autonomic function after spinal cord injury. Following an injury to the upper areas of the spinal cord, patients lose the ability to regulate important functions in the body, such as the regulation of blood pressure, which may lead to some serious side effects.