An Assessment and Ranking of Sustainable Material Alternatives to the Soon to be Banned Single-Use Plastic Products

According to the government, Canadians throw away more than 3 million tons of plastic waste every year, and only 9% of that plastic is recycled. A lot of this plastic litter which has found its way into Canada’s freshwater environments, is comprised of single-use plastics. DYA – a sustainable consumables startup is striving to understand which mix of materials will give them the greatest competitive advantage within their market segment. The research used to develop and support this research project will consist solely of secondary sources.

Development of Biodegradable Soft Bait Fishing Lures from Natural Materials

There is an increase in reporting of angling activities linked to environmental pollution and exploitation. Soft plastic lures (SPLs) are a major pollution source arising from recreational angling. A small portion of SPLs currently commercially available are designed to be more environmentally friendly alternatives to PVC as they are biodegradable and are manufactured using natural and/or food-grade ingredients. Moreover, these natural lures can successfully degrade in water and are thus more likely to be passed through the digestive tracts of aquatic organisms.

Development of Nickel-Rich and Lithium-Rich Layered Cathode Materials for High-Performance All-Solid-State Pouch Cells

This project will aim at developing all-solid-state pouch cells (ASSPCs) based on atomic layer deposition (ALD) derived cathode surface modification, ultrathin solid-state electrolyte sheets (USESs) and flexible electrodes preparation.

The role of complement factor D (adipsin) in the pathogenesis of the Stargardt phenotype in Abca4-deficient mice

Stargardt disease affects approximately 1:10,000 individuals and causes progressive, irreversible blindness. While primarily a juvenile disease, age of onset can range from childhood to adulthood. Although supportive care can help slow progression, there are currently no approved therapies and all patients are expected to reach legal blindness. Therefore, Stargardt disease represents an urgent unmet medical need.Oak Bay Biosciences, based in Victoria BC, is a preclinical biotechnology company with a goal to develop the first approved therapy for Stargardt disease.

Optimizing a Gauze Dressing that Effectively Delivers Tranexamic Acid, Thrombin and Calcium for Severe Hemorrhage

Bleeding is a major cause of death for both civilians and military personnel. Between 2001-2011, 976 deaths on the battlefield were deemed potentially survivable, with 90.9% associated with hemorrhage. Typical strategies for stopping bleeding, such as compressing the wound, are less feasible in these situations. The proposed work aims to develop a new wound dressing carrying hemostatic drugs to treat these severe bleeding scenarios. The new dressing, named “CounterFlow-Gauze”, propels tranexamic acid and thrombin throughout the wound site.

Developing Sustainable Aquaculture by Intensifying Seawater Gas Transfer

Over the past few decades, aquaculture has assumed a leading role in providing food security and meeting the increasing worldwide demand for a nutritious diet. However, the ability to continue this important role is threatened by the climate-change driven increase in ocean temperature and by the adverse impact aquaculture operations can have on the environment.
The overall objective of the proposed R&D project is to develop innovative, simple, flexible and energy-efficient approaches for enhancing aquaculture aeration operations.

Lanthanide nanoparticle-based ink formulations for aerosol printing on miniaturized optical sensing platforms

The miniaturization of microelectronic, optical devices and sensors have pushed the development of smart and precise ways to fabricate these devices. Aerosol Jet microprinting is a great technology allowing to print very small features on these devices. In addition, it opens the possibilities to use functional inks that are optically activated and can act as temperature or molecular sensors.

Autonomous deployment, operations and recovery of underwater sensors

Integrating a towed array (which consists of a very long tow cable and a line array of sensors) with an unmanned platform requires unattended operation of the array during deployment, operation and recovery. The objective of the proposed work is to create and demonstrate a towed array handling system on an unmanned platform which can operate without human intervention and ensure the towed array and cable can be deployed and retrieved unharmed.

Documenting Existing and Potential Models for Virtual Pharmacist Care in North America and Europe

The current pandemic has highlighted the need for utilizing virtual care in pharmacy practice to ensure accessibility to medication and pharmacist services while maintaining social distancing to limit the potential of contagion. As pharmacist virtual care becomes more prevalent, it is important to explore the various models that currently exist or are being developed. This project will aim to explore models of virtual pharmacy care that exists across North America and Europe.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarm Collaboration for Weed Control in Field Crops

Precision.ai is building solutions to minimize chemical consumption while maintaining weed control through Intelligent UAV based application. Precision.ai has working survey drones that can fly a field, capture images and use AI to map weeds to be sprayed later. Precision.ai also has “See & spray” drones that can fly a field, identify weeds and spray them. We now need to scale our capabilities through drone swarming. The required speed and coverage will require an autonomous and collaborative swarm of drones (or a combination of more capable drones and/or more efficient field coverage).

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