Developing rapid and portable detection technology for monitoring manganese in drinking water systems

Manganese (Mn) is a contaminant of emerging concern in drinking water as a growing body of epidemiological evidence has identified adverse cognitive, neurodevelopmental and behaviour effects in children. Canada has been a global leader in advancing the regulatory framework for Mn in drinking water, and in 2019, Health Canada published a new drinking water guideline. For the first time, Mn is now regulated on a health-basis (i.e. Alberta and Nova Scotia).

Evaluation of Checkpoint Inhibitors Combination Strategies, Targeting TLR9-activation, DNA methyltransferase, and cytokeratin protein expression in Pediatric and adult neuroblastoma (NB) Using Novel Immune Competent Transgenic Mice Models.

Brain tumors are the leading cause of childhood cancer-related deaths. Similar to adult brain tumors, pediatric brain tumors are classified based on histopathological evaluations. However, pediatric brain tumors are often histologically inconsistent with adult brain tumors. Recent research findings from molecular genetic analyses have revealed molecular and genetic changes in pediatric tumors that are necessary for appropriate classification to avoid misdiagnosis, the development of treatment modalities, and the clinical management of tumors.

Rapid End of Line Testing for the Hydrogen Economy

The hydrogen strategy for Canada sets the target for hydrogen to provide up to 30% of the country’s energy demand by 2050. As technology and infrastructure development for the hydrogen economy advances, mass manufacturing practices to rapidly produce and test electrochemical cells at high throughput and low cost becomes of critical importance. The proposed research is envisioned to develop rapid end of line test methods that can detect a failure in an electrochemical stack within minutes, thereby addressing one of the major bottlenecks in the mass production of the hydrogen economy.

Design and Development of a Scalable EV Battery Tester/Emulator Including Health-conscious Cell Modeling

With e-transportation gaining traction within Canada (and N. America), the demand for superior battery performance over a range of operating conditions is garnering interest; especially over varied temperatures (-40ºC to +65ºC). The EV industry is finding it impractical to prove performance over a wide variety of state-of-charge (SOC) and state-of-health (SOH). Instead, testing can be performed using a single cell; however, this requires accurate SOC information, whereby the battery must be charged/discharged often, which is tedious.

NEZU Study—An Indigenous Designed Sensory Intervention for Stress & Anxiety

Aurora Heat, Inc. is a seasonal social enterprise that earns the bulk of its revenue during the Fall and Winter months. In order to curb seasonal influxes of cash flow, the organization has prototyped and informally tested a new to market sensory intervention product called the NEZU™. The NEZU™ is an Indigenous-designed sensory intervention made from sheared beaver fur that soothes symptoms of stress and anxiety. Wholly innovative, the design solves a market gap as natural and biodegradable sensory interventions rooted in traditional knowledge and materials currently do not exist.

Structural engineering of non-covalently fused-ring electron acceptors for high performance organic solar cells.

Considering the continually growing energy demands and concerns about climate change due to anthropogenic CO2 generated from fossil fuels, there has been a global endeavor to transition towards low-carbon renewable energy sources, particularly photovoltaic technologies. Organic solar cells (OSCs) are ideal candidates for low-cost PV technologies thanks to the possibility of large-scale device fabrication by solution printing or coating techniques. Though OSCs cells have achieved remarkable progress in the last few decades, stability, efficiency, and cost issues hinder their commercialization.

Hybrid modular power conversion system for fuel cells

The global demand for clean energy and energy security is increasing, in the context of extreme weather events and global unrest. Distributed and intermittent energy sources (e.g., solar, wind) can provide much needed renewable generation but complex power conversion and storage systems are required to transform raw unregulated power into quality power needed to supply loads and inject power into the grid uninterruptedly.

Developing Proprietary Natural Resource Business Models with Machine Learning Approaches for Feedstocks Susceptible to a By-Product First Solution

This research project aims to employ advanced machine learning and data science models for Developing Proprietary Natural Resource Business Models for Identification of Feedstocks Susceptible to a By-Product First Solution.

Tree restoration on marginal land: Impacts of historical land use, climate change, and bioamendments on carbon sequestration potential

Carbon is a component of CO2, an important greenhouse gas (GHG) responsible for climate change. Forests store more carbon than is found in the atmosphere, with most of this stored in the soil. This ability to store carbon has led to many tree-planting projects across Canada including a large-scale tree restoration program led by Reckitt Benckiser Canada. But there are important knowledge gaps before forest soils can be counted towards emission targets. Critically, past land-use (e.g., agricultural) can influence a forest’s ability to store carbon.

Detailed Modeling and Heterogeneous Real-Time Cyber-Physical Simulation Platform for Smart Grid

The challenges brought by future smart grids require efficient and large-scale real-time cyber-physical simulation, which should utilize variable time-stepping algorithms and cyber networks. Heterogeneous hardware such as ACAP is a trending solution to deal with the challenges. The project is aimed to convert traditional FPGA-based real-time EMT simulation to a large-scale heterogeneous adaptive time-stepping simulation with the flexibility to integrate the cyber-layer simulation.