Bacterial cellulose production using a novel microbe and its wound healing products

Bacterial cellulose (BC) is a natural polymer produced by certain bacteria in the form of nanofiber. Being a natural nanobiomaterial, it has been investigated for a broad range of applications ranging from headphone diaphragm to wound dressing and medical implant. The biochemical process for BC production using the well-established bacterium, Gluconacetobacter xylinus, is limited by the kinetics and oxygen availability resulting in a modest yield and long production time. In this project, we will investigate a recently discovered facultative bacterium for BC production.

In situ mobility characterization of solar grade materials during thin film growth

The intern will collaborate with Plasmionique Inc. to design and construct a novel solar material characterization apparatus. Specifically, the experimental apparatus will monitor the quality of solar materials during thin film growth. This will allow thin film growth to be optimized in a ways never before possible as growth conditions can be adapted in real time to optimize the film growth.

A novel scaffold for tympanic membrane repair

The ability to hear, and the quality of our hearing, depends on the health of the eardrum. Eardrum perforations due to diseases and accidents can be treated using grafts, such as autologous grafts, allografts and xenografts. These replacements suffer from various limitations such as donor site morbidity, long operation time and healing time, and risk of infection transmission, and more importantly, none of these grafts are able to replicate the complex microanatomy for sound quality reproduced by the native eardrum.

Rehabilitation of Concrete Pipes Using Honeycomb-FRP Composite Sandwich Infinite Pipe

The deterioration of our aging underground pipe network emerges as a critical problem. Concrete pipes may be damaged due to salt attack from outside and sulfide attack from inside, hence compromising its structural integrity. Repairs for such pipes are time-consuming and expensive. A revolutionary trenchless structural rehabilitation technique is introduced. In this technique Innovative honeycomb-FRP Composite Sandwich (HCS) are used for retrofitting concrete pipes (InfinitPipe™).

Une entreprise de London reconnaît la valeur du partenariat de recherche

Grâce au soutien de Mitacs, le partenariat entre Trojan Technologies et l’Université Western s’est beaucoup développé au cours des quatre dernières années. Depuis 2010, Trojan a investi une portion importante de son budget de recherche pour embaucher des stagiaires Mitacs, un montant qui a été égalé par des contreparties par l’entremise du financement de Mitacs pour se chiffrer à un total de 1,5 million de dollars en dépenses liées à la R-D.

Disaster Recovery as a Green Cloud Service: Balancing Risk, Cost, and Carbon

Unlike centralized computing, which is typically performed in a single data-center, Cloud computing enables the computation to be spread across multiple geographically distributed data-centers which are abstracted as a single system by the Cloud management layer. This computational model enables disaster recovery (DR) by re-establishing the services provided by a data-center affected by the disaster in another healthy data-center capable of hosting the applications providing these services.

Tailoring Microencapsulation Strategies for New Applications

The application of microencapsulation technology provides for separation between reactives and curatives, allowing 2-part systems such as adhesives, to be formulated and applied with the inherent stability of a 1-part system. Release and subsequent curing can be controlled to occur “on demand”, for example upon the mechanical fastening of a screw, which results in capsule rupture. This is often highly dependent on the careful design of a specific system.

Unlocking big opportunities in small packages: Application of novel nano-scale studies to enhancing mineral exploration and mining efficiency Year Two

Mineral exploration generates billions of dollars for the Canadian economy. Any tool that increases exploration or extraction efficiencies by 1-2% creates economic returns of tens of millions of dollars. Advancements in nanotechnologies now allow characterization of samples at unprecedented resolution. The mining industry represents an untapped opportunity in this field because it lags behind the material science and semiconductor industries in highresolution sample analysis.

Systems and methods for planning and guidance ofneurosurgical procedures

Synaptive Medical Inc together with researchers at Western University, are developing a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) platform customizersd for clinical neuroimaging. This proposal is to fund a range of student and post-doctoral training activities associated with the development and testing of this new system. The program will also support the development and testing of MRI-compatible devices and technology for use with the new platform.

Using Remote Sensing and GIS to Better Understand a Copper Porphyry Prospect (Peru)

Elida is a newly discovered copper porphyry prospect located in Central Peru. The overall copper reserves are unknown and cannot be estimated from field inspection alone. The proposed research by the intern is aimed at helping to solve this ‘puzzle’ by using and developing remote sensing (RS) and geographic information systems (GIS) techniques for this problem. RS and GIS will be used by the intern to map and interpret lithological, mineral units and structural features that aid in understanding the movement of copper in this deposit.

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