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Towards Environmentally Responsible Resource Extraction Network (NSERC-TERRE-NET)

2016/17-2019/20 • $4,183,750
Canada's rich natural resource wealth has sustained a long history of economic development. Extraction and processing of these natural resources have provided Canada with great social and economic benefits, and will provide a foundation for Canada's economy in the 21st century. Unfortunately,...

NAIT Centre for Sensor and System Integration

2017/18-2019/20 • $1,225,000
The Centre for Sensors and System Integration (CSSI) provides industry, particularly small- andmedium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with prototyping, product enhancement, testing, and characterizationservices related to sensor and system integration. We also supply advanced testing services for...

Compressed Air Energy Storage in Salt Caverns

2016/17-2019/20 • $403,496
As renewable resources such wind and solar are increasingly integrated into the power grid, the intermittentand dispersed nature of these resources is having a significant impact on the reliability and resilience of the gridsystem. A storage medium not only can facilitate renewables integration,...

Redefining trace mineral nutrition in dairy cattle

2017/18-2019/20 • $400,000
Trace minerals represent a small but crucial component of a dairy cow's diet. Despite its importance, our knowledge regarding trace mineral absorption and utilization in dairy cattle is limited. Inorganic sources of trace minerals are often supplemented in diets of dairy cattle to optimize...

NSERC/Telus Industrial Research Chair in Information Security

2017/18-2019/20 • $349,420
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Reinforcing effect of Cellulose Nanocrystals on Polyamide-6 polymeric nano-composite films and electrospun composite nano-fiber yarns

2017/18-2019/20 • $80,000
Forest products industry is closely affected from the economic conditions and the markets. Consequently, new markets that seek innovative products and high value added novel materials are crucial for the future of forest sector in Canada. Among these products, cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and...

Foundation CMG Consortia on Reservoir Geomechanics for Unconventional Resources

2014/15-2018/19 • $3,380,000
Canada's energy resources, in particular Alberta's large and challenging unconventional resources (including oil sands, coalbed methane, bitumen carbonates and more recently shale gas), have advanced significantly in their potential to supply energy to world markets. The need to protect the...

NSERC/AITF/SMART Industrial Research Chair in Interactive Technologies

2014/15-2018/19 • $300,000
Modern society demands that people manage, communicate and interact with digital information and digitaldevices at an ever-increasing pace. The problem is not with the information itself, but rather with its sheervolume and the unwieldy ways now provided to present, exchange, view and interact...

Use of-omics technologies toward profitability and beef consumers' satisfaction

2017/18-2018/19 • $279,900
Canadian beef producers have a tremendous opportunity to meet the increasing global demand for high quality animal protein products. However, high feed costs and inconsistent quality remain significant challenges. Research has been underway towards addressing these challenges through the use of...

Advancing water main renovation and design

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000
Every city and town in Ontario and Alberta, and across Canada and North America, supplies potable water to residences and business through thousands of kilometres of distribution and transmission pipelines. A large percentage (often over 50%) of these critical water distribution pipes have been...

Development of cloud-based collaborative BIM modelling software

2017/18-2018/19 • $200,000
Construction practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders of construction in Canada are becoming increasingly cognizant of the need for a transformation in home building methods. The automotive sector has enjoyed the benefits of automated design and manufacturing for years, and now the...

Using advanced nano-delivery of micronutrients to enhance animal health

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Good animal health is essential for economically profitable animal husbandry. Healthy animals have strong rates of growth and can defend themselves from disease-causing organisms. One strategy to support healthy animals is through nutrition. The present project's aims are to increase...

Research and Development in the Expansion of the m-CARDS Platform to allow for the Deployment of a Mobile Cardiac Diagnostic Centre in Alberta.

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000
Submitted by Mohawk College's mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC), this proposal addresses the need for providing better care for heart disease and stroke patients, as well as the modernization of homecare services for Canada as a whole. Mohawk College will develop a...

Low-RFI Radio Astronomical Signal Processing for High-Speed Transient Analyses

2016/17-2017/18 • $300,000
We propose here to develop critical, RFI-quiet technology, suitable for processing radio astronomical signals,to allow us to search the sky in real time for easily-RFI-confused rapid transient events known as Fast RadioBursts (FRBs), ultimately to localize their positions with revolutionary...

Multi-site cement industry low carbon fuel implementation and supply chain assessment

2016/17-2017/18 • $285,000
The cement and concrete industries play an important and growing role in Canada's infrastructure and green building ambitions. While the industry is a strong and innovative contributor to a growing clean economy, the industry is also a large emitter of carbon dioxide. The overall objective of...

Development of novel technology for connections in high pressure flexible polymer piping systems

2016/17-2017/18 • $200,000
In order to increase market share in a competitive global environment, Flexpipe Systems, a division of ShawCor Ltd., recently launched a new product called FlexFlow Linepipe, which is a larger diameter fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite linepipe that will be made available in 6" and 8"...

Accurate performance measure and development of coatings

2017/18 • $25,000
Liquid repellent coatings have garnered huge attention among scientific communities owing to their widespectrum of possible applications. These coatings have played crucial role not only in developing new tools andtechnologies but also helped in improving the performance of existing ones. To...

Integration of biotechnology with nanotechnology to remediate sulfolane contaminated waters

2017/18 • $25,000
Sulfolane, also known as 2,3,4,5-tetrahydrothiophene-1,1-dioxide or tetramethylenesulfone, is an organicsolvent, primarily used as an extraction solvent in the oil and gas processing industry. Sulfolane minimallyinteracts with soil organics and is quite miscible and therefore highly mobile when...

Development of novel graphene oxide based membranes for selective removal of inorganic salts from process-affected water in oil sand/downhole oil production

2017/18 • $25,000
Towards the manufacturing of saleable crude oil and derived products, petroleum producers worldwide face thedifficult task of separating complex mixtures of water, solids and oil, termed oilfield emulsions. Oilfieldemulsions produce excess of water in oil, corrosion and mineral scale in pipes....

Functional bioassay platform for environmental monitoring

2017/18 • $25,000
Environmental monitoring for industrial contaminants in Canada remains focused on identifying increased levels of individual agents that are currently regulated. Unfortunately, this creates meaningful gaps as we attempt to assess the impact of highly dynamic and evolving industries on our...

Slow release of fertilizers from carbon nanomaterials

2017/18 • $25,000
With a steadily growing global population, it is imperative that all available farmland is intensively utilized andthat crop yields are maximized. Carbon Control Technology (CCT) is one of Sulvaris' promising fertilizertechnology platforms, employing inexpensive and environmentally friendly...

Towards clothing-like neural sensing and stimulation: thin, but robust, wearable electronics

2017/18 • $25,000
The emerging technology of wearable biosensors based on flexible electronics technology is making a greatimpact on the rehabilitation of patients. The transition of form factor of sensory electronics from rigid toflexible allowed unprecedented comfort to the patients, especially when worn on the...

Evaluating the mechanical and friction-reducing properties of boronized steels and other alloys

2017/18 • $25,000
Reliable protective coatings on steels and ferrous alloys is the approved route to increase wear and corrosionresistance of tubing, casing and different engineering components in downhole oil production and mineralprocessing. As one of the options, boronizing technology can be successfully...

Cryopreservation of livestock colostrum-derived mesenchymal stem cells

2017/18 • $25,000
Currently, antibiotics are widely used to prevent and control disease and infections in farm animals such as pigsand cows. However, the continued use of antibiotics in animals meant for human consumption can cause thegrowth of bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics. These harmful bacteria...

Fully Integrated PV Cell Power Nano-Inverter Using Submicron CMOS Technology

2017/18 • $25,000
Power converters are normally connected to Photovoltaic (PV) panels in order to interface with the rest of thepower network. The smallest-accessible building block of the PV panel is called a cell and PV panel outputsmay be connected in series or parallel to achieve higher power/voltage levels....

RF-Powered Wireless Pressure Micro-Sensor for Fracking Operation Monitoring

2017/18 • $25,000
Multi zone fracking is common and becoming the norm in modern oil wells. Sand water and chemicals arepumped at very high pressure into the formation in multiple zones with each zone having valves for pressureisolation. Pressure, temperature, vibration, fluid composition and fluid flow are...

Development of a versatile nano-drug delivery system

2017/18 • $25,000
Several strategies are currently being developed to improve the therapeutic efficacy of current drug moleculesor new drugs are being developed with better performance due to many factors such as drug resistance,cytotoxicity of the drug molecules in therapeutic doses, degradation before reaching...

Design and development of nano-based on-site detection and measurement technology for optimizing drilling and fracking of low permeability hydrocarbon reservoirs

2017/18 • $25,000
STS Tracer Services Ltd is seeking a solution that provides on-site and immediate analysis of the flowbackfluid for fracking and water flooding during oil and gas extraction processes. Currently, industry methods foranalysing tracers in-lab testing requires about 3-10 business day time-lag...

Microfliuidics to measure wetting properties of untreated/chemically treated steel and wood strands substrates

2017/18 • $25,000
Traditionally, formaldehyde based resins were used for manufacturing of engineered wood products (EWP)however the industry is shifting to the use of polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate (pMDI) binding resins.This shift is due to both the safety concerns with the use of formaldehyde, but also...

Reduction of erosion rates for steam operations through nanocoatings

2017/18 • $25,000
AP Dynamics Inc. specializes in the fields of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), torsional vibrations, pipingstress, pulsation and erosion mitigation, and mechanical design. One of the current challenges is the erosion inOnce Through Heat Recovery Steam Generators (OTSGs) piping due to water...

Nanocavity-based sensors for cannabis analysis

2017/18 • $25,000
The medical marijuana industry has been creating a lot of attention over the past year, with the new Liberal Government hinting at full legalization in the coming months. This dialogue has gotten companies and investors looking to expand production in preparation for the government's...

Evaluation of reservoir core samples and nano branched polymer for enhanced oil recovery (EOR)

2017/18 • $25,000
Currently, the commonly used oil displacement agent utilizes synthetic polymers, the viscosity of which, however, descends drastically with the increase of temperature and salinity. This research focuses on combining branched macromolecules with linear hydrophobically associating polymer that...

Enhancing heat and fluid transport using nanofluids

2017/18 • $25,000
Nanofluids are suspensions of nano-sized particles, which can change the chemical, physical, and thermalproperties of base fluids significantly. With small concentrations of nanoparticles, nanofluids can have severaluseful applications for drilling fluids and lubricant technologies. The...

Synthesis, characterization and screening of nano-supported catalysts for CO & CO2 reduction

2017/18 • $25,000
Several industrial processes emit carbon dioxide (CO2) during conversion of their raw materials. Capture and storage of CO2 is among the latest strategies to reduce atmospheric CO2. Currently, there are several ongoing research efforts with the hope of gaining expected results in this sector in...

Technology To Improve the Robustness of Diagnostic Assays

2017/18 • $25,000
Minimally invasive diagnostic analyses that do not require tissue sampling is a desirable approach for detectionof wide range of diseases, including invasive pathogens. RNA-based biomarkers from these pathogens arereleased to the bloodstream and become part of the cell free RNA pool in blood,...

High-performance silicon Photonic NEMS devices for communication networks

2017/18 • $25,000
Silicon photonics is rapidly gaining industry acceptance as a cost-effective technology for building opticalcomponents for data communication networks. Silicon photonic waveguides are extremely compact, with atypical width of a few hundred nanometers, and they can be fabricated using...

Investigating reproducible and reliable electrode fabrication for water quality testing

2017/18 • $24,550
Reproducible and reliable electrode manufacturing for water quality sensors is essential to ensuring accurate,low cost, consistent measurements. FREDsense Technologies Corp. has developed a novel, low cost system forthe detection of trace levels of contaminants in water samples using engineered...

NSERC Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystem Services

2012/13-2016/17 • $4,504,900
Aquatic ecosystems are recognized for the many direct ecological, social and economic benefits they provide (e.g. fisheries, drinking water) but they also provide many services not well recognized, including hydrologic and nutrient regulation, and waste processing. Increasingly the importance...

NAIT Nanotechnology Centre for Applied Research, Industry Training, and Services

2011/12-2016/17 • $1,750,000
Although Alberta is home to Canada`s leading nanotechnology sector, the sector itself remains at an emergent stage. The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) proposes to create the Nanotechnology Centre for Applied Research, Industry Training, and Services (NanoCARTS). This Centre will...

Fate and developmental effects of oil sands-derived polyaromatic hydrocarbons and naphthenic acids in amphipods and amphibians

2014/15-2016/17 • $608,895
There is little doubt about the positive impact of Canada's oil sands industry on jobs and the economy. Because of natural bitumen deposits in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada ranks third in proven crude oil reserves behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. The economic benefits from the production of...

Feasibility of spray-drying organic fertilizers

2016/17 • $25,000
This project studies the feasibility of spray drying a water-based organic fertilizer to produce a dry product format. This project has the potential to benefit the manufacturer of the fertilizer and also the end-users. A dry powder product would have reduced shipping cost, reduced storage space...

Fluid dynamics aspects and the performance of the sprinkler system

2016/17 • $25,000
Recent upsurge in the use of natural resources and climate change have forced us to optimize the use of waterresources. In case of the irrigation systems, for example agriculture and sport field, the unpredictable rainfallhas mandated the installation of smart water distribution system for...

Surface functionalization of microfluidic substrates and characterization of wetting behaviors for developing microfluidic oil analysis

2016/17 • $25,000
Wettability of crude oil on rocks is of high importance to the transport characteristics and phase behaviorswithin porous reservoirs in oil production. Understanding the wetting behaviors of oil or water in porousreservoirs is critical for the oil industry to select suitable methods for enhanced...

Proof-of-concept development of a nanofiltration system for livestock water remediation

2016/17 • $25,000
When livestock, especially pigs or dairy cows, are held in enclosed spaces, they generate large amounts ofmanure. This manure is then washed into on-site storage ponds that can cover areas greater than a football fieldand be up to fifteen feet deep. This manure-contaminated water can either be...

Improving longevity of printed electronics by failure analysis of conductive and piezoresistive inks

2016/17 • $25,000
Reliability of electronic devices has been of intensive scientific and technological interest forcommercialization. Especially for flexible electronics fabricated by printing technique, the mild andunconventional fabrication procedure may compromise the reliability of these devices. The proposed...

Microfabricated fiber-optic foulant sensors

2016/17 • $25,000
Albertan oil-sands produce a heavy oil that is more difficult to refine than lighter oils. Heavy-oil refineries areable to use this Canadian oil product, increasing its value while making use of this abundant energy source.One major problem in heavy-oil refineries is the fouling of their...

Microstructural characterization of an advanced oxidation system (AOS) for water treatment

2016/17 • $25,000
Wastewaters generated through industrial and agricultural processes contain a variety of contaminants, such asbacteria, viruses, and organic/inorganic compounds, and need to be treated. BioLargo Water has developed anovel electrochemical technology for water treatment, known as the Advanced...

Novel polymer/bacteria-based water remediation polymers

2016/17 • $25,000
Delta Remediation Inc has developed technology (Biologix) for the remediation of petroleumhydrocarbon-contaminated soil and water, returning it back to its original state. The technology utilizesspecifically chosen naturally occurring microbes with known chemistry to remove the...

Advanced reservoir and hydraulic fracture characterization of unconventional light oil reservoirs

2013/14-2015/16 • $528,015
It is expected that successful development of unconventional light oil (ULO) reservoirs will allow for significant growth in oil production in Western Canada, reversing a trend in recent history of declining conventional oil production. New technology, such as multi-fractured horizontal wells...

Real-time optimization for performance and efficiency in manufacturing systems

2014/15-2015/16 • $127,486
Global market pressures have had a dramatic impact on the management and operation of manufacturing systems. The increasing frequency of market and energy cost fluctuations has caused a drastic change in the way that manufacturing sites must be managed and operated. Many Canadian companies are...

NSERC Green Fibre Network

2010/11-2014/15 • $6,163,569
The Canadian Forest Industry is struggling for its survival. Traditional markets of printing grades, the major part of Canadian Pulp and Paper Production, are dwindling and are unlikely to regain profitability in the future. For a renewal of the Canadian Forest Industry, revolutionary changes...

NSERC Bioconversion Network

2010/11-2013/14 • $4,363,700
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NSERC Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Research Network

2010/11-2012/13 • $3,549,000
Fuel Cells efficiently and cleanly generate electrical power through the electrochemical oxidation of fuels. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are high temperature ceramic systems that offer significant advantages over other power sources, including the more well-known low temperature PEM Fuel...

Nanotechnology and the Alberta Capital Region: a case study in integrating communities, innovation and development

2011/12-2012/13 • $199,937
What can cities and communities do to support and benefit from new technologies? How can knowledge-intensive sectors develop in ways which account for local contexts and local needs? How can benefits and prosperity be made to 'stick' to the communities in which new technologies are innovated? We...

SKA Pre-construction Networking Workshop

2012/13 • $16,950
Canada has an unparalleled opportunity to supply the global Square Kilometer Array Telescope project with beyond-state-of-the-art technology. This telescope will probe the outer edges of the universe to give astronomers insight into the formation and evolution of the first stars and galaxies...

Kasra Nikooyeh

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Matthew Fowler

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Sarah Khan

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David Mills

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Derek Paxman

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Michael Webber

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Mihaela Voicu

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Yi Yi

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Mustafa AlSabawi

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Nathan Cameron

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Vinay Mulgundmath

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