High-Performance Sulfide-Electrolyte-Based All-Solid-State Lithium-Sulfur Batteries for Safe Electric Vehicle Applications

Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have been considered as one of the most promising candidates to meet the energy storage demand for electric vehicles due to their high theoretical energy density of 2600 Wh kg-1, low cost, natural abundance, environmental friendliness. State-of-the-art Li-S batteries, using liquid electrolytes, still have significant challenges in their safety and lifespan.

Parking Utilization Assessment Using Deep Learning

Analyzing parking behavior and usage in large open-concept retail centers enables owners and managers to better understand how their parking facility is being used. Most large, open-concept shopping centers are experiencing a parking oversupply problem. Current parking allocation is inefficient and contributes to urban sprawl, large concrete pads that trap solar heat and a waste of valuable real estate resources. Parking studies are generally conducted on foot using a combination of manual tallying or with ground level cameras used to collect imagery of ingress / egress traffic.

Learning from extreme weather: Developing the capacity of social science researchers to conduct quick response research

Quick Response Research has long allowed social, behavioural and economic science researchers to collect and integrate valuable first-response data in time-sensitive environments. This type of research is conducted during or shortly after an extreme event and allows social science researchers to collect perishable data that wouldn't be accessible otherwise. While quick response research has been used as an approach for collecting data for decades, important gaps remain in educating and training researchers in this particular form of research.

Mentorship Needs in the Ontario Manufacturing Industry

This project will identify the necessary components for a high-quality mentorship program for workers in the Ontario manufacturing industry. Through review of existing mentorship programs, interviews with mentors and mentees, and a job analysis procedure for the mentor role, this research will assess the mentoring needs of manufacturing workers. The project will produce a task-based training guide for mentors so that they can most effectively engage with mentees in order to maximize recruitment and retention.

Biphasic CO2 extraction/stripping of bioactive compounds from fermentation overlays

Recent studies have shown that cannabinoids can control chronic pain and muscle spasms as well as other diseases related to chemotherapy, AIDS and epilepsy, therefore it is very important to investigate about cannabinoids. However, it is very difficult to strip it out cheaply from the triglyceride oil while securing high purity and high concentration level; and this challenge may limit its use for medical purposes. The proposed solution to tackle the problem is to develop a liquid (CO2)-liquid or (scCO2)-liquid extraction process using unique counter-current extraction column.

Caring for the caregiver: Exploring the “lived” caregiving and self-care experiences of family caregivers of persons with scleroderma during COVID-19

Scleroderma is a rare autoimmune connective tissue disease that damages skin and internal organs. Although many Canadians with scleroderma live at home with supported care from family, seeing their loved ones struggle with reduced participation in activities of daily living caused by disease symptoms often causes caregivers emotional distress in their caregiving role.

Improved data driven sgRNA design for use in bacteria

CRISPR/Cas9 is a promising tool for genome engineering in bacteria, but it's limited by inconsistent accuracy. Though some studies have been conducted to understand why this inconsistency occurs, many important biological features have not been explored. Moreover, computer based attempts to predict accuracy have suffered from these knowledge gaps. This is due mainly to the fact that the mathematical equations that these predictions are based on, do not take these biological features into account.

Investigation of supportive policy for Active School Travel: Evidence-based recommendations for policies to promote active transportation for school journeys

Walking and wheeling to/from school represents an important source of physical activity for children. As policy decisions about how we build our neighbourhoods, schools, and transportation systems have changed, we have seen a worrisome decrease in the number of children who use active modes of travel to get to/from school. We have limited research mapping existing policies related to school travel planning across and within school, municipal, and regional districts.

Evaluation of Treatment Processes for Greenhouse Wastewater Streams

The greenhouse industry constantly strives for innovative solutions to reduce production costs and environmental footprint. Greenhouses commonly generate process water including nutrient feedwater and other non-production wastewater. They also use fertigation, a soil-less drip irrigation method that requires large quantities of water and nutrients. Due to sharp reduction of available phosphorus (P), P recovery from wastewater streams is an economic opportunity.

Freeze purification of mine-impacted water: laboratory study and mathematical modeling

The project is dedicated to the investigation and testing of environment-friendly, energy-efficient freezing technology for the remediation of mine-impacted water. This technology could be beneficial and economically feasible for the regions with cold weather conditions and vulnerable to anthropogenic impact. The primary research objectives of current project are to continue and advance laboratory experiments started by Core Geoscience Services Inc.

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