Realizing a photovoltaic mosaic of interconnected solar cells

Square Solar Inc., a lower mainland British Columbia-based company, envisages a solar module that is comprised of a mosaic of, ideally at least, scalable solar cells that will tile any given surface that is exposed to the Sun’s rays. The intern on this project will develop a means simulating the electrical performance of such a mosaic, the goal being the development of a standard testing protocol for such a device. A number of proposed designs will be critically assessed within the context of this protocol.

Seismic resilience of timber frames fitted with self-centering bracings

The seismic performance of structural systems has a significant impact on the level of safety of building infrastructure as they constitute a substantial portion of national wealth all across Canada. This study presents novel hybrid timber archetypes to overcome the drawbacks of their traditional frames. Accordingly, the timber braced frame will be equipped with various novel self-centering dampers to bring the structure to its plumb position following a major earthquake resulting in a low-damage structure, which can be readily serviceable.

Developing an Adaptive Digital Twin for Denture Surface Quality Control during CNC Micro-Milling

We are at the era of precision medicine and dentistry; however, currently the leading-edge technologies used for adaptive milling control and modeling of CNC milling have not entered the micro-scale milling applications in the dental industry. The overall objective of this MITACS project is to utilize an Industry 4.0 based approach to explore characterization parameters that can be specifically used to optimize the surface quality of micro-scale milled dentures in real-time.

Novel precast concrete stormwater drainage infrastructure solution for sustainable development

Canada, in general, and BC, in particular, is in the melting pot when its territory starts to experience a range of unprecedented multi-hazards such as floods and earthquakes, among others. Climate change, being the key cause, has increased the uncertainty, intensity and frequency of such hazards. As a consequence, the continuous defective separator (CDS) system, a unique hybrid technology to effectively separate suspended solids, hydrocarbons and trash from stormwater runoff, will suffer hydraulic overloading due to the overflow during peak hours or high rainfall events.

Design, implementation and feasibility testing of a mindfulness meditation intervention to reduce neuropathic pain among individuals with a spinal cord injury

Tens of thousands of Canadians living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) suffer from debilitating neuropathic pain. This project, in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO), will seek to understand and test the potential for mindfulness mediation, to decrease pain and increase quality of life.

Development and Prototype of Safe and High-Energy Electric Double-Layer Capacitors - Part 4

Supercapacitors are electrochemical energy storage devices that allow electricity to be stored for later use and play an essential role in utilizing intermit renewable energy. This collaborative project between Dr. Jian Liu’s group at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Atlas Power Generation, a Vancouver-based clean tech company, will develop a high-energy, safe, and low-cost supercapacitors technology by materials and electrolyte innovation. The interns will develop thick carbon electrode and prototype and analyze pouch-cell supercapacitors at an industry-relevant scale.

Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling

International legislation and growing environmental issues have imposed a lot of pressure on companies andmanufacturers to maximize the recycling systems. Such demands have had significant consequences for theplastic industries to use recycled plastics from the disposed plastic wastes. Therefore, this study is an initiativetaken by the Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory (NPNL) at the University of British Columbiaand Recycling Alternative Inc. in Vancouver, BC, to obtain a comprehensive understanding of plastic recyclingand its market.

Replacing Legacy Materials of Aquatic Play Structures with Flexible, Durable and Low-Footprint Alternatives

The advancement in flexible high-performance plastics has stimulated worldwide research and development to expand the use of these materials in versatile products. In particular, their flexibility offers more comfort and ease of handling and installation, as compared to alternative hard materials.

Towards the Commercialization of Perovskite Solar Cells

The project aims to design and fabricate high-performance perovskite solar cells for commercialization. Suitable fabrication methods will be employed for preparing perovskite solar cell samples in large-scale while characterizing both perovskite films and devices by utilizing a myriad of techniques. The characterization methods will provide better insight and invaluable date of the operation of perovskites and will help to mitigate the challenges of upscaling.