Development and validation of natural source zone depletion quantification protocols for sustainable remediation of hydrocarbon-contaminated sites

The extraction, storage, conveyance, and refining of petroleum hydrocarbon liquids (or nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs)) often result in their accidental release into the environment. Consequently, NAPLs will travel into subsurface soils and may enter groundwater, further exacerbating the extent of contamination. Aside from being energy-intensive, disruptive of the environment, and incur treatment durations that may span several years, typical engineered remediation technologies may not capture all of the NAPLs in-place.

Validation of SIMBA capsules for small intestine sampling

The aim of this research and development project for the intern student is to assist in validation tests (both in-vitro and in-vivo) of a GI sampling capsule device being developed by the organization and translate the testing results and the new knowledge to technical documents for the potential customers and partners of the organization. In-vitro tests involve a series of functional tests of the capsule components and the performance tests of the capsule assembly.

Micro- and Nanofluidics to Measure Fluid Performance in Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction

Oil recovery from underground reservoirs with small pore-scales can have environmental impacts that can be minimized with prior knowledge of the physics behind fluids/fluids and fluids/rock interaction and the type of fluid to employ for oil extraction. Currently, these analyses can be performed in laboratories at reservoir conditions with rock samples in large pressurized vessels capable high pressure (~15 MPa) and temperature (~150 C). However, these measurements take weeks to complete and there is a test-to-test variation due to the lack of repeatability in the rock sample.

Probiotics in pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a kind of chronic neurodevelopmental disorders that detrimentally affect the behavior and development in children. There is a tight need for efficient treatment. Scientific evidences have shown that the gut microbiota as well as their metabolites may mediate the responsiveness to changes in diet (e.g. ketogenic diet). However, clinically relevant application of microbiota-targeted treatment is limited. Herein, the project aims to test the neurobehavioral and neurometabolic consequences of probiotic using a mice model of ASD.

Upgrading of heavy and high heteroatoms containing Hydrofaction™ Oil, to fuel blendstocks via Hydroprocessing and in-situ hydrogen production

The Project’s objective is to continue with development and optimization of the promising HTL biocrude upgrading approach that has been executed during the previous MITACS Converge/Accelerated project. The activities are going to be focus on in-situ hydrogen production to limit external cost of hydrogen and process optimization for the obtention of Jet and Marine fuel blend-stocks for transportation fuels.

Determination the effectiveness of drought resilient bioretention bed in stormwater management

The greatest river in Calgary, Bow River, is an important source of water for industrial, agricultural and living activities for city and people of Calgary. With the incredibly fast of urbanization in Calgary, the natural landscapes are gradually replaced by impervious areas, such as urban streetscapes, houses and buildings.

Narrowing the Gap Between Software Requirements and Tests

Safety critical software systems such as those that control nir navigntion nre subject to very high standards of quality. They need to explicitly provide system requirements nnd make sure there nre enough test cases that nssure an acceptable level of quality, per requirement. However, with the current fnst pace ofsollworo development, sometimes the program and tests are solid but the requirement documents get outdated. It is also possible thnt tho requirement documents are up-to-date, but the tests nre incomplete.

Coupling the liquid pool and wellbore hydraulic module of the “Prediction and Optimization Software Package” – Part 3

In the last decade optimization is expanded in many applications from food production to sophisticated applications such as engine fuel efficiency. In the proposed package, it is tried to apply optimization techniques along with physics based analytical and semi-analytical methodologies to create a compelling framework which can help thermal-process based oil industry to reduce their GHG and also better evaluate their CAPEX. Many SAGD projects are overspent on their facilities due to under prediction or overprediction of their oil production expectations.

Conversion of Greenhouse Gases to Value Added Products

Carbon nanofiber is a material with extraordinary mechanical, thermal, electrical, and chemical properties. It has applications in a wide variety of industries including transportation vehicles, concrete, electronic devices, textiles, ink, coatings, lubricants, tires, and agriculture. Yet, the production of carbon nanofibers is an expensive and energy-intensive process. This project targets to develop Carbonova cycle, a catalytic chemical process that enables producing premium quality carbon nanofibers from utilizing greenhouse gases and waste heat.

Researching how algorithms ‘fail’ at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

During her undergrad studies at the University of Calgary, Taylor Markham found her passion for mathematics and how cryptography demonstrates the use of mathematical concepts in everyday life applications.

In 2019, she was the first Faculty of Science student at the University of Calgary to apply for the Mitacs Globalink Research Award. Through this program, Markham spent her final summer as an undergrad student conducting research at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she was supervised by Annie Carter in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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