Coupled thermal-electrochemical modelling and characterization of novel lithium-ion cell architectures for electric vehicle batteries

Significant advances in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are driving the automotive industry’s transition to electrification. Canada’s expansive ecosystem of leading automakers, part manufacturers, research institutions, and skilled workforce are collectively well-positioned to further advance LIB technologies and overcome critical barriers that continue impacting electric vehicle (EV) adoption, including vehicle driving range, and battery lifespan and safety.

Stationary methanol steam reforming to hydrogen fuel for fuel-cell filling stations

Renewable hydrogen (H2) carriers such as methanol (MeOH) can be reformed back into H2 and is a fundamental chemical conversion for the long-term viability of the H2 economy due to its high density and ease of transportability compared to H2. MeOH is an especially important carrier as it is a simple C1 chemical that can be produced from solar-PV-generated H2 and direct-air-captured CO2 with a current commercially practical solar-to-fuel efficiency of 10% from renewable solar energy.

Oculomotor function in adults with concussion: A synthesis of evidence and clinical trial

Concussions are a frequently occurring injury with diverse clinical manifestations and an often-challenging recovery. Oculomotor deficits are commonly occurring in persons with concussion, both as an early symptoms and impairment long after the injury. Early assessment and rehabilitation of oculomotor deficits resulting from concussion have the potential to expedite recovery and improve affected individuals’ functioning. One novel and promising technology to assess and provide individualized treatment is using virtual reality technology.

Improving gender equity in sport participation and experiences: Identifying trends and implementing evaluable resources

Canadian girls and women experience disadvantages in sport participation and quality experiences. These challenges have been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic due to decreases in sport opportunities that disfavor girls and women. Canadian Women & Sport (the partner organization) are committed to improving gender equity in sport and have recently conducted a large survey measuring Canadian youth sport participation and experiences. The current project will implement the survey at the beginning of the first and third years.

Novel Graphene Systems for Battery Anodes Design and Thermal Management Systems in Electric Vehicles (EVs)

This proposed research utilizes novel graphene materials using Universal Matter’s “Flash Joule Heating” process in applications supporting the Electric Vehicle (EV) market. These graphene materials have disoriented stacking of its graphene layers, which helps incorporate metal ions and dopants into the graphene matrix, thereby creating exciting new opportunities across many electrical applications. The current research will investigate the efficacy of two new types of graphene materials for use in battery anode and thermal management system applications.

Verification & Security of Blockchain Oracle Network Effects on Smart Contracts

Bitcoin! Ethereum! Blockchain! In the past year, these words made headline news globally. The promise of blockchain, or decentralized ledger-based technologies, it has electrified the world and created an excitement for technology that was last seen in the 1990s when the internet was entering mainstream. The core premise of the technology is that blockchains are secured by cryptography and economic incentives, and that they are governed by decentralized consensus.

Engineering 3D-printed re-usable soil for hydroponic farming

Some agricultural crops are grown indoors using crop cultivation systems known as hydroponics. For example lettuce, basil, and tomatoes can be grown in greenhouses inside artificial soil known as grow media. Existing grow media are single-use materials made from mineral wool, peat-plugs, and clay pellets. The proposed research presented here by Lyrata is the engineering and testing of 3D-printed grow media made from the biopolymer known as polylactic acid.

Hydraulic-Kinetics Model Development for Sewer Network Management and Chemical Dosing Optimization

The proposed project is to develop a comprehensive tool for mathematical modeling of the hydraulics and biochemical conversions in the sewer network. This tool will be used for the optimization of the control strategy of the chemicals dosing in sewer networks to efficiently and economically mitigate the harmful emissions, such as hydrogen sulfide and greenhouse gases, resulting from the biochemical reactions in the sewer network. The proposed tool will have the capability to determine the hot spots of the harmful emissions in a large-scale sewer network, e.g. a sewer network of a city.

Supporting adolescent athletes through a team building and mental health program - Year two

Canadian adolescent athletes suffer many mental health challenges such as hyper competitiveness and a culture of silence which often precludes individuals from discussing mental health issues. These challenges have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Unbreakable (the partner organization) have run a highly successful physical activity and mental health program which is implemented through local school boards. The current project will adapt this program by integrating a team building module which will be implemented through coaches of community sport programs.

High-throughput linguistic content comparison and sentiment analysis

Scrawlr is a platform for unconstrained, global interaction with all internet content and users. Scrawlr allowsfor user evaluation and unconstrained classification of any Scrawlr-hosted or non-Scrawlr content. For non-Scrawlr content, this evaluation and classification allowance will be first at the URL level but will subsequentlybe provided at the individual content component level. Scrawlr will require the capacity to, in multiplelanguages, identify equivalent and similar content.