Sparse array photodetector in multiplexed confocal FLIM

Confocal microscopy is a specialized imaging technique that is used by universities and pharmaceutical companies to perform drug discovery. The research team developed a multiplexing technique that can improve the imaging speed by 1000 times. In this project, the team will develop customized versions of the instrument with different cameras to cater to specific customer needs. Success of the proposed development will significantly strengthen the technology and pave the path towards a Startup company to bring it to the market.

Development of ballistic/knife resistant composite panels for personal protective equipment (PPE)

In the wake of recent school shootings in U.S. and increasing gun crimes in Canada, parents consider taking additional measures to protect themselves and children safe. We aimed at the development/manufacture of affordable and flexible bullet/knife resistant backpacks for civilians. The backpacks could be used as a shield against bullets/knife to save life. Current available products are expensive and not affordable for everyone. Additionally, they are not flexible/comfortable for everyday use and lack protection against knife attacks.

A Wide Bandgap Based Step-up Power Converter With Enhanced Self-Reconfigurability for Medium Voltage Renewable Power Network

Wind and solar photovoltaic energy are the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada, targeting to reach 10% of Canada’s total generation by 2040. Aligned with Canada’s energy transition, this research aims at developing a novel, highly efficient, compact, and reliable power electronics interfaces for high power renewable energy resources. The use of power electronics converters is an attractive solution to significantly reduce the weight and size of the step-up voltage conversion unit in today’s high power renewable energy systems.

Commercial-Scale Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition Technology

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition technology for depositing thin films that are nanometers (billionths of a meter) thick. Notably, the developed equipment can deposit these films rapidly, over large areas, in open air. This technology can be useful in a number of sectors, such as display technologies, smart windows, microelectronics, and solar cells.

A scalable lab-grown meat with tuneable fat content using tissue engineering techniques

Meat is a food staple that is consumed and enjoyed worldwide. Global meat consumption has grown by with population growth and increase in per person consumption accounting equally for that increase. Further economic development is expected to further increase demand for meat and meat products. Livestock production to meet this insatiable demand is unsustainable due to high water consumption, greenhouse gas emission, accelerated soil erosion and pollution of waterbodies.

In-field real time phosphate monitoring system for algal bloom prevention

The increase in population and associated contamination of surface and/or ground water with phosphates, nitrates, and heavy metals has resulted in scarcity of clean water in many cities around the world. Phosphate is a major pollutant responsible for the global algal bloom in various water bodies like lakes and ponds. The project focuses on developing a solid-state electrochemical phosphate sensor that can be used as a tool to predict and prevent algal blooms. The sensing system will consist of two electrodes: the phosphate sensing electrode (e.g.

Rapid bioprinting of ring structures using primary lung epithelial cells for drug screening and wound healing assay

Disease modelling and drug development includes a stage where cells are grown and studied inside a
laboratory under controlled conditions for a varying set of parameters. One of the most commonly
performed lab tests are wound healing or cell migration where the effect of different concentrations of
drug or an allergen is studied over time. The state-of-art method of performing these wound healing
tests lack consistency, time consuming and intrusive. We have developed a method where the cells are
patterned on a surface using an external magnetic field.

AutoMate: A physiological fatigue detection system for drowsy driving prevention

Sleeping behind the wheel is one of the leading causes of road accidents and there currently exists a lack of definite limits on fatigue. The United States of America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cites that over 100,000 road accidents in 2017 can be directly attributed to drowsy driving , and when over 1 in 2 Ontarian drivers admit to driving drowsy in the last month, it’s easy to see why this can be so dangerous. In fact, going 24 hours without sleep is equal to having a blood alcohol content of 0.10 %. That’s 0.02% above the legal driving limit.

Robust, Efficient, and Scalable Control of Hybrid Energy Systems usingArtificial Intelligence Planning

In the energy industry, as a result of global warming, population growth, and environmental, political, and
economic considerations, a fundamental shift in technology is expected. To address this, in this project we
propose to test the applicability of our Artificial Intelligence technology for solving a challenging computational
problem in the energy sector. We anticipate that our approach can offer significant benefits over currently
employed techniques.

Hybrid low-Inertia Turbine Storage System (HITSS)

Hybrid low-inertia Turbine Storage System (HITSS) is a samara-inspired wind turbine accompanied by any commercial battery storage system. Inspired by the autorotating maple seeds, the HITSS wind turbine is designed to track the sudden changes of the wind speed in a similar way to maple seeds (samara seeds). The main objective of the proposed project is to develop strategies for gathering market intelligence and learn to assess the market value of HITSS through workshops offered by Lab2Market.