Optimization of plant sources grinding process and their food applications

In recent years, plant-based food products, such as plant-based beverages, ice-cream, and yogurt, have been much admired by health and environment conscious consumers due to their sustainability and health benefits. This industrial collaborative project aims to optimize grinding processing to treat plant proteins of different sources to achieve sufficient particle size reduction, while avoiding the adverse impact on the product physicochemical and functional properties.

Improving Structural Integrity of Buried Pipelines under Ground Deformation using Special Geobuffer Blocks: Field Testing and Strain Monitoring

Steel pipelines as key Canadian infrastructure are often exposed to various geological and environmental conditions that cause defects such as cracks, dents, and gouges in the pipe wall, which can lead to pipe fracture in pipelines, compromising the entire pipeline's functionality and resulting in significant economic losses, environmental issues or even fatalities. There are several methods to predict the fracture capacity, including experimental testing, analytical approaches, and advanced numerical methods.

Personalization with Integration of Sensor Signals in Cloud Architecture

$50B of unrealized GDP will occur by 2030 in Canada if the skill gap challenge is not addressed. With the acceleration and uncertainty of a borderless economy, Employers, Educators and Jobseekers will continue to be in constant flux. The greatest cost to Small & Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) is the hiring, skilling and training of new hires, and the cost when they leave after a day or after 30 days.
Recent seismic talent layoffs at the conglomerates of Amazon, Twitter, Facebook have now started this ripple effect and won’t take long to impact SMBs, Jobseeker and Educators.

Synthesis of Degradable CO2-Based Polymers for Water Treatment

Carbon dioxide is produced from the combustion of fossil fuels and as a by-product of many chemical processes. The increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has now been decisively linked to global climate change. The use CO2 as a carbon-building block has attracted much attention due to its low cost, ease availability, and its potential to substitute fossil fuel-based feedstocks, in addition to the clear positive environmental effect of removing it from the atmosphere.

Supporting Patients by Family Education in Psychotic Illness

Family caregivers are an essential component of care for young adults with severe mental illness including psychosis. While their involvement improves outcomes in multiple modalities, family caregivers are often overwhelmed with the care of their loved one. Currently, there are not enough resources for family caregivers of young people with severe mental illnesses. The study involves administering a nine-week course on caring for a person with mental illness to family caregivers. We will asses

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of silicon-based quantum dot nanoparticles

Silicon quantum dots (SiQDs) are semiconductor nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 1 to 10 nm that show great promise for photonics, microelectronics, and fluorescent bio-imaging considering their ability to fluoresce from blue to near infrared light. In comparison to conventional quantum dots (which can release toxic metals), Si quantum dots are expected to be safer and more stable for use in biomedical engineering applications.

This 24-months project aims at evaluating SiQDs for their toxicity both in vitro and in vivo.

Catalytic enantioselective synthesis of isotopically labelled amino acids

Enantioenriched isotopically labelled amino acids are useful building blocks in the synthesis of radiolabelled molecules needed for drug development. The preparation of these compounds is expensive and time consuming because the 14C-label must be incorporated at an early stage of synthesis, and the remaining amino acid structure built up subsequently We have discovered that aldehydes catalyze carboxylate exchange in amino acids with dissolved *CO2 (* = 11, 13, 14). Certain chiral aldehydes can mediate enantioselective labelling with 13CO2.

Development of a dynamic control strategy for automated window shades

Commercial and multi-unit residential buildings located in cities with high sun exposure often experience challenges regulating indoor temperature due to the uneven distribution of solar radiation and localized overheating. For buildings located in cold climate zones, localized overheating – and in turn, localized indoor cooling – during the winter heating season is often overshadowed by the need to meet the building’s heating demand. This study proposes the use of smart shading systems to regulate the amount and duration of sun exposure within an indoor space.

A computer-vision assisted system for on-site construction to monitor safety and track productivity

Construction sites are accident-prone sites and despite numerous efforts to reduce incidents, they continue to occur. Among others, fall accidents, in particular, account for the majority of these incidents, necessitating the implementation of proper management strategies. Traditional techniques for providing safety and preventing accidents are adequate and appropriate for improving safety, however, they are not able to adapt to the changing environment.

Equivalent stress formulation for stress design of pipelines

This project aims to provide new stress-design equations based on the equivalent stress criterion for the design of pipelines. The first part of the project will evaluate the safety levels of the stress-design equations already existing in the design standards. The second part will focus on the proposal and calibration of the new stress-design equations that ensure an appropriate safety level for the designed pipelines. The new equations will be proposed to the CSA Z662 design technical subcommittee (TSC) which the primary supervisor is a member of.