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NSERC Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green SEAM) Network

2017/18-2019/20 • $3,058,750
The NSERC Green Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green-SEAM) Strategic Network is a far reaching collaborative research effort by leading Canadian researchers and their industry and government partners to position Canada as a world leader in emerging coating and surface...

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...

An evaluation of additive manufacturing of MMCs for oil sands applications

2017/18-2019/20 • $325,736
This project will address the use of the Plasma Transfer Arc process for Additive Manufacturing (PTA-AM)applications in the oil and gas industry. Due to the high wear and corrosion action of oil sands, metal matrixcomposites (MMCs) are required for use in oil sands operations. Typically a...

Development of microbial fuel cell biosensor for detection of naphthenic acids

2019/20 • $47,484
Naphthenic acids (NAs) represent the primary source of acute toxicity and endocrine disrupting potential refinery wastewater and oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). There is a growing concern over NAs seepage into surrounding surface and groundwater, and subsequent adverse impact on aquatic...

Greening growth partnership: connecting research with policy for an innovative, sustainable economy

2016/17-2018/19 • $768,000
OUR CHALLENGE: The world is moving toward an economy that increasingly rewards countries (and companies) that are energy efficient, eco-innovative, pollute less, and sustain natural capital, according to a growing list of the most respected global economic authorities. This shift towards greener...

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...

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...

Development of microbial fuel cell biosensor for detection of naphthenic acids**

2018/19 • $52,516
Naphthenic acids (NAs) represent the primary source of acute toxicity and endocrine disrupting potential refinery wastewater and oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). There is a growing concern over NAs seepage into surrounding surface and groundwater, and subsequent adverse impact on aquatic...

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING A COMPONENT IN A SAMPLE

InnoTech Alberta, University of Alberta

The present disclosure provides a biosensor for detecting the presence of and/or the amount of at least one fungal plant pathogen in a sample, comprising: a support structure; at least two interdigitated electrodes coupled to the support structure, wherein at least one of the interdigitated electrodes is functionalized with a linker coupled to at least one biological component that recognizes the at least one fungal plant pathogen; and an impedance measurement circuit coupled to the at least...