Bioinspired Unconventional Decontamination (BUD®)

Canada is the third largest exporter and the fourth largest producer of oil in the world. Thus, oil is a very important part of the Canadian economy. Oil is a cleaner fuel than coal, but it still has many disadvantages. For example, oil spills that occurs during transport and drilling can cause great environmental damage. Oil spills into oceans are harmful to marine mammals and birds as well as shellfish and fish.

From waste to health: Valorization of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) by-products as a source of marine collagen

The global market of marine collagen-added products is tremendously growing, leading to the need for a stable and enormous supply of marine collagen. Atlantic salmon scales and skin are abundant in collagen, however no research has been performed for its extraction. The proposed project will develop an efficient extraction process to maximize the collagen yield, and purify the extracted collagen for its use as the functional ingredient in nutritional supplements and cosmetic products.

Automatic detection and classification of marine biogenic habitats, species, and substrates

Canada works towards designating 30% of our national waters as Marine Protected Area (MPA) by 2030. The need to collect baseline information and monitor such a huge territory, which is equivalent to the area covered by Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia altogether, will be next to impossible without a paradigm shift in the way field observation data are processed. We propose a platform for automatic classification of bedrock and species for habitat classification, coastal monitoring, and resource assessments.

QUOREM: A data science platform for microbiology research

In the genomics era, microbiologists are collecting data at an accelerating pace. We have created a data science platform called QUOREM that significantly reduces the technical burden experienced by microbial ecologists associated with managing ever-increasing quantities of data. We believe that public and private research groups in Canada could benefit our platform, and the ability to provide commercial support and hosting services is key to driving adoption and growth. We hope to learn how to take the next steps to realizing this vision through Springboard Atlantic’s Lab2Market program.

Development and commercialization of epigallocatechin monolaurate as a novel antioxidant alternative in preventing oxidative deterioration of marine omega-3 products

Canada is known globally for its prosperous fishery industry. Meanwhile, omega-3 lipids are extensively manufactured and commercialized as value-added by-products of fishery processing wastes in Canada. However, the marine omega-3 lipids are highly unsaturated and oxidizable. The oxidization of omega-3 lipids leads to significant quality loss of products. The addition of lipidic antioxidants prevent lipid from oxidation and therefore becomes one of the main-stream strategies in preserving omega-3 oil.

Development of Next Generation High Entropy Alloy Coatings for Extreme Environments

The integrity and performance of hydraulic components in the maritime sector may be altered due to extreme environmental conditions that result in wear and corrosion. The industry in Canada spends around $0.92B per annum for maintenance (around 69% of GDP) to improve component service life. Therefore, materials that can sustain high life during extreme operating conditions are in demand. Next-generation advanced materials, known as high entropy alloys (HEAs), have gained attention of the scientific community by breaking the bottleneck of conventional alloy design strategy.

Modeling pipeline-soil interaction in dense sand using nonlocal Mohr-Coulomb model in a Coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian finite-element code

Pipelines are extremely important for the transportation of oil and gas. Buried pipelines can move in a relatively large distance under special scenarios, e.g. slope failure. Meanwhile, the surrounding soils are subjected to a large deformation. This project aims to develop a computer modeling technique to analyze the large-deformation behavior of soil and its impact on the pipeline. The result will be compared with a previous physical test so that the reliability of this new technique can be evaluated.

Development of alternative technologies to assess muscle functionality

Skeletal muscle is a dynamic tissue that undergoes many regeneration processes during our lifetime. Loss of skeletal muscle is known as muscle atrophy or sarcopenia and is directly related with quality of life and life expectancy. There are very few diagnostic tools to identify muscle atrophy and the ones available are time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, the most used diagnostic measure for accessing muscle atrophy and recovery is physical examination for patients with a certain mobility status.

Textile Embedded Vital Health Signs Monitor

The goal in medicine is prolong life and prevent disease before it spreads and becomes irreversible. There must be a way to easily self-monitor or to allow medical professionals to continuously remotely monitor high risk patients. The main vital signs that ideally should be constantly evaluated are pulse rate, respiration rate, body temperature, oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure. Other secondary figures that should be watched over are glucose levels, cholesterol levels among others.