Recent Research Projects

Information Technology and Communications Research Centre (ITCRC)

2017/18-2019/20 • $1,000,000
Sarnia-Lambton is historically known for their petrochemical industry. In recent years, there has been a strongand concentrated effort to diversify the industry in the region utilizing the existing capacity and expertise in afew areas including Biotechnology and Information Technology and...

Rapid testing for selected microbes in water samples

2018/19-2019/20 • $99,520
Routine water sampling is required in municipal, commercial and industrial systems to ensure that the water quality is not compromised by potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli or coliforms. Standard methods for sampling and analysis have a time delay of 2 to 7 days for results to be...

Lambton Water Centre (LWC)

2012/13-2018/19 • $2,300,000
There is a growing provincial and federal interest as discussed in the Federal and Ontario Innovation Agendas in the improvement, development and commercialization of water and waste water treatment technologies and systems; both for municipal and industrial applications. Saturation of existing...

Development of a novel quantification method for microalgae in environmental water samples

2018/19 • $25,000
Current methods for quantify microalgae in water samples is based on chlorophyll content. However, different*species of algae and different water properties drastically affect the accuracy of these methods. Unfortunately,*the optical properties of chlorophyll make it very difficult to accurately...

Optimization of a nanoparticle-based sensor system for E. coli testing

2018/19 • $25,000
Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacterial germs that inhabit the intestinal areas of humans and other animals. Quick and accurate detection of E. coli is needed to mitigate outbreaks or determine the safety of food products or water sources. Genemis Laboratories Inc. ("Genemis") is a small...

Development of a nanoparticle-based substrate to anchor a pathogen sensing system

2018/19 • $24,994
Recent advances on the synthesis and surface modification of nanoparticles have opened the potential to develop rapid-response and highly sensitive pathogen detection systems. However, the wide range properties of the different types of nanoparticles currently available complicate the selection...

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