Direct CO2 Capture with Amine-Functionalized Metal–Organic Frameworks (MOFs) – Experimental and Modeling

This project supports a carbon management project involving Advanced CERT Canada active in Energy and Environment. The project aims to remove obstacle to cost effective developments of carbon emission reduction in Canada. This will be through developing strategies and techniques to capture CO2 using Amine-Functionalized MOFs. The MITACS support will be used to hire a research assistant to support the activities envisaged in the project. The researcher will be supporting computational modelling and design and operations of tests systems at Memorial University (MUN).

Effective Remediation in Porous Systems with Fractures and Heterogeneities: Experimental and Modelling Study

Dispersion of various solutes in porous media has been investigated experimentally and theoretically for different scientific purposes. The study of this phenomenon can provide fundamental knowledge of solvent (or gas) flooding in enhanced oil recovery, groundwater contamination, and catalyst-based chemical processes.

Development of a Solvent-Free Technology for Production of High Functional Protein Powders from Oilseeds and Grains

Oilseeds and grains are considered to be excellent sources of non-animal proteins containing the appropriate essential amino acids required for optimal human health. Conventional protein production methods involve the use of solvents, concentrated acids and alkali that result in protein denaturation, thereby reducing the quality and functionality of the protein ingredients. The proposed project will explore the potential of a dry or solvent free electrostatic-based separation technique for the production of high-quality protein powders from soy and navy beans.

Development of therapeutic peptides to treat bacterial and viral infections

Peptide therapeutics are a novel approach to treat bacterial and viral infections, which have major advantages over small molecules. Peptide molecules have been used previously to treat HIV infections, and I have previously shown that peptide molecules targeting Chlamydia can prevent infection in vivo. Project Objectives: 1. To take previously characterized peptides, move them onto an HSA scaffold, and evaluate their expression in a yeast system. 2. To test the HSA scaffold therapeutic peptides in vitro against Chlamydia infection, RSV infection, and influenza infection. 3.

A Novel Solvent-free Approach for Production of Bean Protein Fractions

The fast-growing market demand for food products with high nutritional qualities requires innovative and sustainable technologies. The proposed process employs an electrostatic technique to selectively charge proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, and other components in the bean flour and separate them based on the magnitude and type of their charge. The proposed methodology produces protein-rich flour from beans without using solvents or chemicals which significantly reduces the capital and operating costs.