Drying Fuel Alcohols and Natural Gas with Biosorbents Based on Agricultural By-products

Saskatchewan is one of the key provinces in Canada to produce canola, flax, barley, wheat, and other agricultural products. In this research work, high performance bio-adsorbents will be formulated from the agricultural by-products for drying bio-alcohols and natural gas at low costs. These biosorbents are re-usable for dehydration and regeneration cycles. The exhausted biomaterials may be used for fuel bio-alcohols production through gasification or fermentation.

Multiband phased antenna array feasibility study

Disruptive antenna technologies are required to provide performance and fabrication advantages in developing multi-functional antenna array solutions that could provide various capabilities, including multi-band frequency operation and two dimensional electronic steering. The internship will investigate the technical feasibility of such multi-functional antenna arrays for commercial applications in the context of fabrication constraints.

Risk Analysis and Efficiency Measurement of Protocols for Missing Children in Saskatchewan

We aim to use Saskatchewan’s data and current protocols to explore and identify the risk factors for the challenge of investigating cases of missing children. We will be using a variety of analytical methods in order to come up with a set of valuable recommendations for improving the process of investigating the cases of missing children.

Development of novel fuel additives for internal combustion engines

Fuel additives are used to increase oxygen content and lubricity of the fuel as well as enhance the efficiency of combustion, and reduce exhaust emissions (particulate matter, CO, NOx and SOx emissions). Vehicular pollution contaminates eco-system and affects human and plant life. The motivation of this research is to compliment petroleum based fuel additives by bio-based additives.

An application for patient decision aid for musculoskeletal injuries in Mild Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder in which the blood flow is impaired from clotting. If you have hemophilia, you may bleed for a longer time than others after an injury. The primary goal of our work is to enable patients with the condition to make effective decisions when injuries occur. For instance, our proposed application will aid the patient to seek either immediate attention from a healthcare provider if the injury is a major one.

Development and testing of canine and human positioning devices for phase contrast CT imaging at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron

The purpose of this research is to develop improved diagnostic and treatment tools for prostate cancer in humans through the use of a canine (dog) model and a synchrotron-based x-ray source for imaging and therapy at the Canadian Light Source (CLS). Novel techniques in synchrotron x-ray imaging, specifically in-line phase contrast CT (PC-CT), will be explored as a valuable method for research and clinical imaging of spontaneous canine prostatic diseases as a model for human diseases.

Evaluation of Biomaterial Sorbents for Leachate Removal

The build-up and transport of contaminants in aquifer systems occurs through a variety of processes. The leaching of contaminants from industrial waste and debris in landfill sites during rainfall events represents a major source of water borne contaminants which threaten ground and surface aquifer systems. This internship research involves the design of nanofiltration media which involve studies of their equilibrium and time dependent uptake properties toward leachate samples obtained from a landfill site in Mexico.

Fabricate Hydrogel Scaffold Encapsulating Living Cells for Myocardial Infarction Repair

To solve the issue of complementing cell loss or stimulating angiogenesis for repairing MI, scaffolds encapsulating living cells, which aim at inducing cell proliferation and differentiation, are designed and then synthesized based on biocompatible and biodegradable materials. The experiments are performed by applying them to 3D cultured MDSCs for cell proliferation and differentiation study via immunofluorescence and RT-PCR etc. Also experiments of injecting scaffolds into MI rats for analyzing recovery of heart function are carried out.

Mineralogical characterization of ore samples from the Cameco Resources Smith Ranch-Highlands Uranium Mine, Unit B

ln Situ Recovery (ISR) mining is used for about 47% of uranium mining globally. Regulations on restoration of mined aquifers require a return to pre-mining baseline water quality conditions, or conditions where the risk of human exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. Determining the attenuating capacity of down-gradient aquifer solids is key to quantifying this risk. Organic carbon phases and sulfides are expected to be important controls on transport of elements of concern through these materials.

Antenna Array Feasibility Study

Disruptive antenna technologies are required to provide performance and fabrication advantages in developing broadband wireless application products in emerging upper microwave and millimeterwave radio bands. The internship will investigate the feasibility of applying Polymer-based Dielectric Resonator Antenna (PRA), technology developed at the University of Saskatchewan, to commercial antenna array applications