Dans le cadre de ce projet, les stagiaires Mitacs collaboreront avec une équipe de recherche du cégep André-Laurendeau et une entreprise québécoise pour développer un instrument de mesure de la distance entre les personnes. Cet instrument contribuera à une reprise économique dans le respect des normes de santé publique liées à la prévention de la propagation de la COVID-19.
Metalliage is a company that recycles scrap ferrotitanium parts. It supplies ferrotitanium to manufacturers all over the world. The plant has five departments through which the products pass successively: the material division, the washing line, the furnace, the crushing, and the bagging. However, the production line is not optimized, there is plenty of handling; and the plans of the factory detailing its organization are outdated.
The interns will be responsible for developing, implementing and validating two new features on top of the existing technology that our industrial research chair already provided to EERS Global Technologies Inc, in order to make their SonX product perfectly adapted for two-way communication for groups of users under facemasks or respirators. The first development will ensure that only speech signals -and not heavy breathing or other body noises- are transmitted over the radio link between SonX earpieces.
The role of PPE in saving countless millions of lives of have been somewhat taken for granted because they are ubiquitous and relatively simple, leading them to be neglected as an active research area. There is limited personal protective equipment that have been developed to effectively protect against viruses in relatively fast contact times. Protective mask filtration is generally accepted to vastly reduce transmission but do not effectively inactivate viruses, and specialized coatings are needed in order to ensure viral inactivation to limit contamination within healthcare workflows.
Canada, like other countries, has been facing different challenges related to the spread of COVID-19. Since the starting of the pandemic, we all learnt that contaminated surfaces can be one of the main sources of virus transmition. In this project we are proposing an innovative multifunctional coating with antiviral and antimicrobial activity to prevent the spreading through surface contamination. This will be done by developing a superhydrophobic coating with antiviral and anti-bacterial/anti-viral properties by releasing low concentrations of metallic ions.
In close collaboration with our industrial partners, we propose to exploit our understanding and control of polymer electrospinning, in order to produce high-performance polymer-based filter membranes deposited on medical-grade cellulose substrates. In turn, these high-performance filter membranes will be produced in high volumes by our industrial partners for the manufacturing of N95-grade protection masks essential in the context of the current pandemic. We propose to use medical grade cellulose substrates in order to deposit a biocompatible electrospun fiber layer.
The scope of the proposed project is to formalize our understanding on the antiviral capacity of our natural bioproducts by testing them against SARS-CoV-2 and other enveloped viruses, such as influenza. This development will enable us to then propose our Dispersa technology in an antiviral capacity, not only for sanitation of skin and surfaces - but also an added application of antiviral coating for medical equipment and infrastructure. We hope to contribute to COVID-19 efforts by leveraging our innovation to provide natural solutions to society during this global crisis.
Récemment et avec l’apparition du SRAS-CoV-2, la demande, tant au niveau personnel que professionnel, pour des produits textiles conférant une protection contre ce virus a littéralement explosée. La compagnie FilSpecMC a développé une gamme de fils techniques innovants pour la production de produits textiles médicaux qui possèdent des propriétés antibactériennes. Dans ce projet, nous désirons tester ces produits textiles ont un potentiel virucide contre le coronavirus.
The main element causing food spoilage is oxygen. Minimizing oxygen permeability of films could improve the efficiency of packaging and increase the shelf life of food. Multi-layer films with nylon or EVOH as core layers are widely used in packaging to reach this objective. Despite the advantages of improved barrier properties, technology for recycling multi-layer films with incompatible layers is not available on a large scale. The main objective of this research is to replace the core layer in multi-layer films with a polymer blend compatible with polyolefins.
Afin de limiter dans le sol l’accumulation et la mobilité de contaminants pouvant entraîner un risque potentiel pour la santé humaine, animale et végétale, Orica Canada Inc., un fournisseur mondial d’explosifs commerciaux, souhaiterait décontaminer un de leur terrain hébergeant auparavant une usine de production d’explosifs.