A continued optical function analysis for thin-film device structures

Informed thin-film device design, wherein layers of thin-films are deposited onto an underlying substrate, requires an understanding of the spectral dependence of the optical functions associated with the thin-film layers which constitute such a device. In this project, we aim to continue to develop our understanding of the form of the optical functions for the various types of thin-film materials and then use this knowledge in order to aid in the interpretation of experimentally acquired transmittance and reflectance spectra.

Thermal Simulation and Analysis of Advanced Avionic Modules and Antennas

As a full-service, data-driven solutions provider for aviation, SKYTRAC Systems is developing new 2-MCU
satellite communications (SATCOM) terminal, SDL-350, which will be capable of achieving globally
available broadband transfer rates of 352 kbps both to and from the aircraft. One critical challenge facing
the R&D engineers of SDL-350 is the thermal management, because the power dissipation level of SDL-
350 is beyond what is achievable for the convectional thermal designs of avionics. Dr.

Indigenous knowledge and Western science unite to protect B.C. caribou

A wildlife ecologist is supporting Splatsin in their dedicated and long-term work to recover endangered caribou populations within their traditional territory. 

Advanced Algorithms for Radiation Counting Instruments

Environmental Instruments Canada (EIC) designs and manufactures radiation detectors. Our instruments connect to iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth.

Investigation of Plant Volatiles on Grapes and Wine

Grapes will be exposed to volatiles from plants to investigate if the sensory profile of wine made from those grapes can be improved. The volatiles from forest fire smoke can get into grapes and negatively affect the sensory profile of wines, which is referred to as smoke taint. Grapes are most susceptible to smoke taint during their ripening stage, or veraison. Using this logic, the grapes will be subjected to plant volatiles during veraison.

Towards Biomass Antimicrobial Aerogel Insulators in 3D Printed Homes

In Canada, industrial hemp occupied 22,243 ha of land in 2020. Canadian hemp producers are faced with major challenges associated with production wastes. The aim of the proposed project is to characterize an antimicrobial cellulose-derived aerogel insulator, synthesized from Canadian hemp wastes, and apply it between the exterior and interior layers of the 3D printed walls of future homes by the industry partner.

Fabrication of 3D Printed Lignin/Polymer Nanocomposites with Enhanced Mechanical Properties

A large amount of plastic waste poses a threat to the environment. In recent years, there has been a movement to develop biodegradable composites. UBCO’s Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory (NPNL) aims to develop biocomposites filaments with appropriate physical properties for 3D printing in collaboration with Advanced BioCarbon 3D (ABC3D). We intend to use poly(lactide acid) (PLA) as the matrix, and biobased fillers, such as lignin as the reinforcing agent, with a focus on enhanced mechanical properties.

Linkbase Hospitality Software: From Research and Development to Commercialization

Linkbase hospitality solution is made for hotels, with the intention to easily get guest checked in, where a guest can connect a phone number to get a code for ease of guest onboarding. Hotels are first retrofitted with smart devices like smart lights, smart sensors, smart curtain rods, smart HVAC etc. With this we want to solve energy consumption issues by giving hotel managers the ability to read all the device data. With this we can accurately measure the power utility of all the devices.

The effect of bioceramic textiles on skin temperature in older adults

When absorbed through the skin, far-infrared radiation increases body temperature by improving blood flow. Bioceramic textiles are fabrics that emit mild, safe levels of far-infrared radiation, and clothing made from these materials may improve blood flow to increase body temperature. As we age, our body’s ability to regulate blood flow and control temperature is reduced, and whether bioceramic clothing can still improve body temperature in older adults is unknown.

Indigenizing ‘Equine Assisted Learning’: developing and evidencing Syilx horseculture based youth wellness programs

Horses have long held special cultural, spiritual and economic importance in many Indigenous North American cultures, offering teaching, healing and connection to the environment. There is research which supports the value of ‘equine therapy’ and even some that highlights the usefulness of equine assisted interventions for Indigenous ‘clients’, but this project is the first to work from the ground up, working with Indigenous horse culture knowledge to develop and document the development of an Indigenous horse-culture-based wellness program.

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