Research projects

  • Carbon dioxide capture and concentration from combustion flue gases by adsorption based technology

    Dr. Mladen Eic
    Ye Hua
    Enovex Technology
    Engineering, chemical and biological
    Environmental industry
    University of New Brunswick
    Accelerate

    Removal of CO2 from different gas streams, such as fossil fuel combustion gases, is becoming increasingly important to reduce effects of global warming. It is widely recognized that adsorption process is a promising technology provided that materials with high capacity and selectivity toward CO2 are available. Materials with sponge-like properties, such as ordered mesoporous silicas, are ideal for CO2 capture. If this type of material can be made highly efficient, reusable and stable, it will open the path to a low cost carbon sequestration. The performance of this material depends on a number of factors including aging time, temperature of synthesis and addition of specific functional groups to enhance the adsorption properties. A range of samples will be prepared under different synthesis conditions and tested under simulated real process conditions. We expect that the new material could provide a feasible solution to meeting CO2 emission restriction for industry. Since the CO2 adsorption/desorption process will be highly selective and reversible, the captured CO2 could be safely transported and stored, or be released and used for other purposes.

  • Regression Models for Credit Card Strategies

    Mark Reesor
    Xioali (Shirley) Zhu
    ATB Financial
    Mathematics
    Finance, insurance and business
    Western University
    Accelerate

    ATB Financial is a large Alberta based full service financial institution. The Card Services department was formed 5 years ago and is growing rapidly. The Card Strategy team within Card Services is developing models and processes to manage marketing campaigns, credit risk management, collections and fraud effectively. The intern will support the team by providing expertise and assistance with model specification and estimation, model validation and management reporting. These duties require advanced knowledge of statistical regression models and their applications.

  • A Survey Design and Analysis On Building Information Modeling (BIM) Implementation in Alberta

    Dr. Ahmed Bouferguene
    Basel Abdulaal
    Nichols Applied Management
    Engineering
    Construction and Infrastructure
    University of Alberta
    Accelerate

     

    Nichols Applied Engineering Inc. has been contracted to design and conduct a survey on Alberta BIM implantation, as well as to do the analysis. The proposed survey will result in establishing the outlined baseline data assessing industry attitudes, motivations for BIM adoption (What’s working), understanding key issues, barriers and level of participation as a base to track effectiveness and impact of the future programs and services. The sought outcomes will help increase the global competitiveness of Alberta’s building industry through enhanced productivity and technical competitiveness; it will also form a base for current and future research, analysis and publication.

  • Generation of Application Level Traffic Markings For Smartphones

    Dr. Ted Darcie
    Hunter Macdonald
    Engineering, computer and electrical
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Victoria
    Accelerate

    Mobile Network Carriers are experiencing unprecedented data traffic loads which are straining their existing infrastructure. They are thus interested in exploring research areas which focus on reducing this traffic load. The malicious traffic generated by malware on smartphones is of particular interest. My research focuses on the generation of a software system that marks traffic from smartphones to indicate the specific phone application which has generated the data flow. Network carriers will then be able to give good bandwidth allocation to only known and trusted applications while unknown applications, including malware, will not be given the bandwidth allocation they would require to cause significant congestion. As part of the University of Victoria’s Entrepreneurial Engineering Masters Program, I will work closely with experts from Wesley Clover and the Alacrity Foundation with the intention of creating a commercial entity upon completion of the project.

  • Advanced Particle Hydrodynamics for Film Rendering

    Dr. Bruch Gooch
    Nicholas Vining
    Cebas Visual Technology Inc.
    Computer science
    Digital media
    University of Victoria
    Accelerate

    In this project, the intern will develop computer software used by the film industry in order to simulate new visual effects such as water, blood, and other fluids. This is called fluid simulation. It is very hard, and requires sophisticated mathematics, physics,  and computer programming. Cebas sells a software package called thinkingParticles for the film industry. This software cannot presently simulate fluids in the way that they would work in the real world. Cebas would like to integrate support for fluid simulation in order to differentiate themselves from other software manufacturers.

  • Contaminant Treatment in Water using Photocatalysis

    Dr. Ajay Ray
    Yin Liu
    Trojan Technologies
    Engineering, chemical and biological
    Chemicals
    Western University
    Accelerate

     

    Emerging contaminants in drinking water are coming under increasing scrutiny as hazards to human and aquatic health. These compounds include pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, Endocrine Disrupting Compounds, and others. At present, the technologies for treating these compounds are costly and inefficient. Photocatalysis has been identified as a promising technique for treating these emerging contaminants in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. The intern in this project will identify promising photocatalyst materials, and then conduct research into the synthesis, detailed characterization and assessment of the catalytic performance novel photocatalytic materials for the treatment of contaminants in water. Specifically, the candidate, in collaboration with a team of Trojan scientists, will molecularly design catalytic materials that will enable new reaction pathways to effectively transform toxic contaminants found in water to stable, non-toxic products. The objective is to develop effective, low-cost and environmentally friendly ways to treat contaminants and produce safe drinking water. 

  • Improving mining efficiency through sustainable recovery of energy

    Dr. Ashley Scott
    Andrew Hall
    CAMIRO, Xstrata Nickel
    Engineering
    Environmental industry
    Laurentian University
    Accelerate

     

    A significant step towards sustainable mining would be non-traditional, but productive uses for the mine. In particular, uses that would allow them to provide value and jobs to the community both during mining and after operations cease. To help in achieving this goal there is potential positive use of both closed and operational mines to provide renew able geothermal energy from their mine waters. The relatively stable temperature of mine water can be exploited by the use of geothermal recovery loops coupled to heat pumps. During the winter, heat can be extracted from the water and supplied for space heating, and in the summer the process can be reversed, and the heat transferred back to the water to provide cooling. This project will combine direct measurements within mines with modeling to determine a feasible design for geothermal energy recovery in Canadian hard rock mines.

  • Precursor charge prediction for improved peptide identification with mass spectrometry

    Dr. Bin Ma
    Lian Yang
    Bioinformatics Solutions Inc.
    Computer science
    Information and communications technologies
    University of Waterloo
    Accelerate

    The research project aims to develop an effective method that utilizes multiple features to improve mass spectrometry based peptide identification with database search approach. The project is a continuation to the student’s previous research on precursor charge state prediction, since predicted charge state is a novel feature and has a great potential to discriminate the correct and incorrect peptide identifications. With the assistance of the company’s onsite developers, the student is supposed to design and implement a method that integrates the additional information of multiple features into PEAKS database search, which will potentially improve the PEAKS database search engine in both accuracy and sensitivity.

  • Preparation of Thermoplastic Vulcanizates from Devulcanized Rubber crumb

    Dr. Alex Penlidis
    Prashant Mutyala
    Tyromer Inc.
    Engineering, chemical and biological
    Environmental industry
    University of Waterloo
    Accelerate

     

    In a broad sense, this research project intends to expand the use of the recycled rubber (also referred to as reclaimed rubber or devulcanized rubber) prepared from waste tires. A new technology has been developed in our lab that leads to preparation of high quality reclaimed rubber (also called devulcanized rubber) in a very simple and economic way. To reduce the threat caused by the increasing number of scrap tires it is essential that the consumption of those reclaimed rubbers be inflated. Due to relatively inferior properties as compared to virgin rubber, the devulcanized rubber cannot be used extensively by itself. Hence, the research intends to explore the use of materials made by blending the devulcanized rubber with cheaply available plastics such as Polyproylene. Resultant materials are referred as Thermoplastics vulcanizates. Blending would also minimize the deteriorating effect caused by the replacement of virgin rubber by the devulcanized rubber. It is evident that the success of this project would help the environment by reducing the land pollution caused by the increasing piles of the tires. 

  • Devulcanization of Scrap Rubber and Incorporation of Devulcanized Rubber in Virgin Rubber Compounds

    Dr. Alex Penlidis
    Mohammed meysami
    Tyromer Inc.
    Engineering, chemical and biological
    Environmental industry
    University of Waterloo
    Accelerate

    In this research crumb rubber derived from scrap tires and scrap automotive rubber products is devulcanized using a thermo-mechanical devulcanization process with supercritical carbon dioxide in a twin screw extruder. Devulcanized rubber then is incorporated in a virgin tire rubber compound in order  to lower the material cost. The main intention of this project is to recycle and re-use the scrap rubbers in new rubber products. For the second stage we are intending to devulcanize the scrap EPDM rubbers from car weather strips and re-use them again for the same application. This research is intended to help both the environment by recycling the scrap rubbers and rubber manufacturer by lowering the cost of raw material. 

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