Recycling Strategies for Challenging & Complex Polymer Composite Waste

Carbon Fiber (CF) is one of the world’s most versatile material ever developed. CF has high stiffness and tensile strength, is stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and it can be molded into any shape. This allows it to be used in aerospace, airplane and automotive manufacturing. This MITACS grant will support the development of new Processes and Technologies needed to recycle CF, its co-mingled materials and other components from hard to process waste streams, with the goal of reducing environmental impact and resource requirements.

Green logistics planning for hydrogen fuel network: a life cycle analysis approach

The energy sector accounts for 75% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By adopting a low-carbon or clean fuel alternative, we can reduce GHG emissions to a great extent.

Public Engagement in Nuclear: Medicine, Mining, Meeting Climate Change Commitments

This project explores methods of engagement and communication that bridge the science, public and policy gap in respect of the nuclear ecology: medicine, mining, and meeting climate change commitments (through nuclear energy small modular reactors (SMRs)). Saskatchewan, the home of uranium mining and where scientists helped develop the world’s first cobalt-60 nuclear medicine scanning machines, is an ideal location for this inter and transdisciplinary exploration.

Increasing the Reliability of Design and Production of TMotion

Recent increased enthusiasm towards Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) coupled with developments in smart sensor technologies and advances in communication systems have resulted in simultaneous incorporation of several advanced monitoring and sensing technologies within manufacturing and industrial sectors.

Biosurfactants production by fermentation

The proposed project is a collaboration between InnuScience and researchers in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department at Western University. InnuScience uses biotechnology to replace harmful chemicals, eliminate waste, and deliver sustainable cleaning solutions for the cleaning industry. This research collaboration will experimentally optimize the production of biosurfactants by microorganisms via fermentation pathways, focusing on cleaning applications. These molecules are naturally occurring and consist of a polar group and a non-polar tail, hence acting as biosurfactants.

Hydrogen Injection System Evaluation

Adding hydrogen to the intake stream in a commercial truck diesel engine can reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Combining hydrogen available from industrial waste processes with a low cost and robust fuelling system offers a near-term, economically attractive approach to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from commercial trucking. To support the development of this technology, SFU and Hydra Energy are partnering to investigate the performance and longevity of hydrogen fuel injection hardware.

Proof of Concept Electrical and Colorimetric Detection of Bacteria and Bacteriophages using Molecularly Imprinted Polymers in Microfluidic Sensors

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world by the spread of a new respiratory virus (SARS-CoV-2), posing a significant burden on the society and the health system. Rapid and selective detection of pathogens, like SARS-CoV-2 virus, in clinical samples, food, water and the environment at large is crucial in diagnosis and breakout prevention. Conventional lab-based biodetection methods lack sensitivity and are expensive, time-consuming, and non-specific in comparison to the newly developed portable biosensors.

Generating novel crystal polymorphs of therapeutic compounds with uniform size distribution for improved solubility, hygroscopicity and manufacturability

Two pharmaceutical products for the treatment of neurological diseases developed by Neuractas Therapeutics require fine tuning to enhance their solubility, bioavailability and stability towards relative humidity. Extensive experimental research will be carried out to improve the polymorphic distribution of the products by high through-put crystallization to improve the solubility of one of the products.

Li4Ti5O12/Hard Carbon Anode for Fast-Charging Batteries for Grid Applications

Fast-charging Li-ion batteries have great potential for electricity storage from renewables, frequency regulation, and peak shaving in large-scale grid applications. The Li-ion batteries must have a fast response, high rate performance, high power capability, and low cost to meet this increasing demand for grid applications. This project between Dr. Jian Liu’s group at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Tycor UPS will develop a hybrid Li4Ti5O12/hard carbon anode to enable Li-ion batteries fast-charging capability and low cost.

A new automated approach for Engineering Design and Manufacturing Specification generation

RPS Composites Inc. designs and manufactures a wide range of corrosion-resistant (fibre reinforced plastic/polymer) FRP and Dual Laminate equipment from piping systems to ducts, stacks, hoods, covers, cells, and other miscellaneous custom equipment. Their engineering team has used different design methods provided in the codes and standards. The current process of designing and generating the manufacturing specifications is observed to be very time-consuming.