Advancing Bio-materials Production Services - Year two

Bio-materials can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a rapid transition to a bio-basedleconomy. Thus, developing novel and innovative technologies and products related to bio-materials sectors is crucial. This has!resulted in extensive research into the development of biomaterials. Most research efforts have focused on materials selection,\'fabrication, and optimization of bio-materials\' performance through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.

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.

Improved Brazing Processes for Attaching Sintered Carbide Tiles to Steel

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Advancing Bio-materials Production Services

Bio-materials can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a rapid transition to a bio-basedleconomy. Thus, developing novel and innovative technologies and products related to bio-materials sectors is crucial. This has!resulted in extensive research into the development of biomaterials. Most research efforts have focused on materials selection,\'fabrication, and optimization of bio-materials\' performance through experimentation, trial-and-error, and microstructural analysis.

Developing and validating population models to estimate wildlife densities and inform land-use management in industrializing boreal landscapes

Monitoring of population density is crucial for conserving wildlife species and determining responses to management efforts. However, estimating density is particularly difficult when individuals are not distinguishable from each other. There is pressing need to validate the robustness of recently developed models that estimate density from such ‘unmarked’ populations before widespread application to real-world data, especially for species under management or at risk.

Quantifying community-level responses to anthropogenic landscape disturbance and management using multi-array camera trap data

Habitat loss through anthropogenic landscape disturbance is one of the leading drivers of biodiversity loss, yet activities such as resource extraction and agriculture play a vital role in the global economy. Understanding impacts of such disturbances, through robust environmental monitoring protocols, is key to maintain a balance between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Cost-effective monitoring approaches that collect data at a broad yet relevant scale for investigating species responses to disturbance is required.

Synthesis of CO2-Based Polymers for Carbon Capture - Phase II

Carbon dioxide is produced from the combustion of fossil fuels and as a by-product of many chemical processes. The increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has now been decisively linked to global climate change. The use CO2 as a carbon-building block has attracted much attention due to its low cost, ease availability, and its potential to substitute fossil fuel-based feedstocks, in addition to the clear positive environmental effect of removing it from the atmosphere.

Species traits as clues for who will win or lose: Large mammal responses to landscape change

Resource extraction has caused extensive landscape change that impacts wildlife. This is especially true in Alberta, Canada, where forestry, oil and gas and similar industries stretch across the province. While these industries are known to negatively affect some wildlife species, other species benefit from the features that these industries introduce, such as roads. In consequence, wildlife communities in human-modified landscapes consist of ‘winner’ and ‘loser’ species.

Brazing Metallurgies and Processes for Attaching Sintered Carbide Tiles - Year two

A two-year study on brazing technologies used for sintered tungsten carbide tiles is proposed to address the following technical objectives: 1) brazing metallurgy for sintered tungsten carbide and substrate high strength steel, 2) adherence mechanisms between different braze compositions and carbide tiles, 3) brazing parameters for optimized brazed joint performance, and 4) the mechanical stresses developed through the brazing process.

Total Versus Bioaccessible Soil Sterilants (Bromacil and Tebuthiuron)

Bioaccessibility of soil sterilants is a limitation in management of sterilant-impacted sites. The term ‘bioaccessibility’ means: what is immediately available, plus that which may become available. Studies have been conducted to examine the bioaccessible fraction of various soil sterilants after different aging periods; however, studies have not been conducted in Alberta. Immobilization technologies such as activated carbon have been applied to sterilant impacted sites in Alberta for decades (Drozdowski et al. 2018).

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