Sustainable and Reusable Face Masks for Combating the Spread of COVID-19

This project seeks to develop a novel, sustainable, self-sanitizing face masks for purpose of providing more robust solutions and mitigate the health risks for the front line workers and general public during this, as well as any future pandemics. This is accomplished by design of novel filters composing of cellulose derived nanofibrils and electrochemically exfoliated graphene, and 3D printing the lightweight, customizable face mask body.

Intelligent Production Optimization in Real-Time by Implementing Hybrid Data-Physics Simulation

In day to day operations, oil producers need to optimize their production workflow to reduce operational costs. Building a physics-based reservoir model is costly and time-consuming and is not suitable to generate and compare many scenarios. The alternative procedure, Data-Driven Model, is fast enough; however, testing and validating the model is controversial. In this project, a hybrid data-physic framework will be developed, which meets the requirement to quantitatively describe the physical behavior of the reservoir and also predict its mechanism statistically.

Geological and Geochemical Controls on the Source of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) in the Early Triassic Montney Tight Gas Reservoir, Northeast British Columbia, Canada

The Montney Formation in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) is a productive low permeability natural gas reservoir. Alongside natural gas, it contains high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which is both economically and environmentally detrimental to the exploration and production of natural gas from the reservoir. This research proposal aims to examine the source(s) of the H2S in this reservoir in northeast British Columbia and the geological and geochemical conditions in which H2S gas has formed in or migrated into this reservoir.

Measuring the contributions of non-crop areas to precision canola yield: Phase 2

Canola growers recognize that the beneficial arthropods that live in natural habitats and non-crop areas may play an important role in augmenting and stabilizing crop yields. These bees, flies, beetles, spiders and other arthropods may spill over into the crop, and through pollination or pest control, help to improve yields, decrease inputs, and increase profitability. A postdoctoral fellow will assess the relationship between natural habitats and canola yield that may result from these spillover effects, or other ecosystem services.

Biomarkers for detection of breast cancer and multiple myeloma using liquid biopsy

Blood tests are highly sought after to enable earlier cancer detection. We previously developed a blood test for breast cancer that is in prospective clinical study in Alberta, Manchester (UK), Oklahoma (USA) and South Korea. The proposed project will investigate some clinical samples collected through this work to support the primarily focus of identifying biomarkers for a new cancer, multiple myeloma (MM). MM has a need for new monitoring approaches as it accounts for 10% of hematologic malignancies and is hard to cure, with a low five-year survival rate.

Finding an optimized contact material for interconnect layers in reversible solid oxide fuel cells for the conversion of CO2 and H2O to syngas

SeeO2 Energy has developed world-leading catalysts for reversible solid oxide fuel cell (RSOFC) systems with promising performance to produce syngas from H2O:CO2 feeds. The company has scaled-up the technology and has moved closer towards commercialization by building larger cells. However, assembling the RSOFC stack presents challenges due to issues associated with contact materials especially at the oxygen side of interconnects. The contact material connects the respective electrodes and interconnect and provides high electrical conduction paths between the interconnect and electrodes.

The Fluid Dynamics of Flow Control Devices

As increasing international competition and environmental pressures, Canadian oil sands producers must develop new technologies to more competitively deliver their product to market that have lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Flow Control Devices (FCDs) are one such technology. These devices are placed in the injection and production wells and enable more efficient access to the reservoir. The result is improved economics and thermal efficiency which directly is tied to GHG emissions.

Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) from brine solution using electrochemical method

The demand for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is on the rise, mainly due to increased interest in portable devices, electric vehicles and grid-storage applications. The key component in such rechargeable batteries is lithium, which is trivial from the name itself as well, as lithium-ions shuttle back and forth during charging/discharging process. Consequently, lithium production demand has increased significantly as well over the past few decades. Lithium is usually extracted from minerals or water sources etc. Due to the limited availability of minerals and high-production cost.

Semantic Search and Visualisation using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing

This project tackles the issue of knowledge incompleteness and lack of domain coverage in resume and job posting matching caused by the exploitation of domain-general resources. A variety of co-operative semantic/ontological resources will be used to filter out irrelevant resumes. A two-way (candidate to job and job to candidate) semantic-based automatic suitability ranking is proposed. The suitability is determined by the semantic distance of resumes and job postings, evaluated by their word embeddings.

Development of tools for high performance biospecimen collection to serve COVID-19 pandemic

The aim of this research and development project is to design and develop new tools using 3D printing and injection molding technologies for reliable collection of biospecimen for the use with diagnostic kits and point-of-care devices capable of diagnosis of COVID-19. The developed sample collection tools will be eventually delivered to Shapetry Labs Inc. to evaluate their clinical and safety performance and to help managing COVID-19.

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