Workplace of the Future

Applying advances in ambient intelligence technologies, this research aims to design and develop a smart workplace to optimize not only physical comfort in employees but also participant happiness. Through ubiquitous monitoring of ambient factors and affective states a number of important research questions associated with designing and developing a smart workplace will be tackled.

Use of Recycled concrete Aggregate to Produce Concrete Masonry Blocks

Concrete—the most common construction material in the world—represents the main component of construction and demolition waste. The excessive extraction of virgin aggregate from Canadian lands and water bodies destroys the habitats of many species and affects the natural flow of streams in lakes and rivers. One solution to address the growing solid waste challenge and preserve natural aggregate resources from depletion is the adoption of large-scale recycling of concrete waste into aggregate.

A study of macrophage interactions with polymeric drug carriers

The focus of this study is on the understanding of the cellular interactions with polymeric drug carrier for intraarticular injection of therapeutic. The degradability of the Eupraxia’s polymeric drug carrier will be studied in contact with macrophages and/or enzymes. At each time point in the cell study the polymer surface will be characterized by SEM, and the enzymes and ROS production will be measured to compare to the control groups.

Promoting Positive Development: A Transformational Perspective

Leadership behaviours play an integral role in facilitating performance, participation, and personal development in various contexts, such as sport, education, and business. This partnership with Transformational Coaching 4 Sport (TC4S) involves developing and evaluating novel resources to improve the quality of leadership behaviours, and ultimately facilitate positive development.

Assessing Perceptions Pertaining to Carbon Pricing in Kingston, Ontario

In their Major Research Papers, Jennifer Bunning and Nora Lobb each will explore the impact of different carbon pricing policies on citizens and businesses in Kingston, Ontario. Both a survey and a focus group will be used to engage with stakeholders from across Kingston. The findings from this research will be presented to provide context around the challenges that face the implementation of a Clean Fuels Standard and Carbon Pricing models in small communities across Canada.

Optimization of Wastewater Treatment anaerobic digestion processes.

This project will test a variety of operating conditions used in anaerobic digestion (AD) in wastewater treatment (WWT) plants. The purpose is to identify optimal conditions for AD treatment process. Optimization of AD process would increase production of biogas for production of renewable energy, increase yield of bio-products for agriculture use, reduce WWT plant operating costs, and would decrease carbon footprint of municipal WWT plants. This study will use SENTRY-AD™ technology to monitor microbial activity under various treatment conditions.

Arsenic solubility and its mechanism from DST glass arsenic product; an arsenic solubility study and comparison with other stable arsenic minerals (scorodite, encapsulated scorodite, and calcium arsenate)

The project focuses on the evaluation of the arsenic-containing glass material that the new Dundee Sustainable Technologies (DST) process produces. The idea is to evaluate the stability of arsenic in the material, and through a feedback process to DST improve the quality of the process for the production of arsenical materials.

Selective recovery of Ni-Co-Mn in sulfate media, and graphite from spent Lithium Ion Batteries

In recent years the lithium consumption for batteries has remarkably increased because of the extensive applications of rechargeable lithium batteries in portable electronic devices, electric tools, electric vehicles, and grid storage. The surging demand for these applications asks for innovative solutions for recycling of the spent lithium ion batteries.

Distributing Computing and Machine Learning Applications

Kings Distributed Systems (KDS) is working with researchers at Queen’s University to break down barriers to the development of powerful machine learning applications by using distributed computing. By connecting any device - everything from smartphones to enterprise servers - and harnessing their excess power to complete tasks, the Distributed Compute Protocol (DCP) substantially reduces costs while providing innovators and industries with the fuel they need to compete. It’s a scalable, easily accessible system that’s democratizing the industry and encouraging growth in emerging sectors.

The Safety, Efficacy, and Tolerability of Microbial Ecosystem Therapeutic-2 in People with Major Depression and/or Generalized Anxiety Disorder

The gut-brain axis is being heavily explored in current neuropsychiatric research. Evidence has shown considerable individual variability in bacterial content of the gut microbiota, which is hypothesized to influence brain function. Preclinical and clinical research examining this relationship suggests that fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) may aid in improving depression and anxiety symptoms by recolonizing the gastrointestinal tract with healthy bacteria.