Recent Research Projects

Next generation catalytic aftertreatment technology for exhaust emission control

2017/18-2019/20 • $427,330 • PI,CO
Reducing pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions are the Grand Challenges of 21st century towards a cleaner environment and better human health. Within the broader scope, the catalytic oxidation of resilient hydrocarbons such as unburned methane with strong C-H bonds is especially relevant and a...

Catalytic synthesis of specialty chemicals from sustainable resources

2016/17-2019/20 • $372,000 • PI,CO
Green synthesis of commodity, specialty, and pharmaceutical chemicals from renewable feedstocks is one of the Grand Challenges of 21st century. The proposed work will develop new catalytic strategies combining the broad spectrum of knowledge from chemistry, chemical engineering, and materials...

Production of polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers (OME) from sustainable feedstocks

2019/20 • $162,000 • PI,CO
One of the Grand Challenges faced by Canadian energy and petrochemical industry is the need of large scale, commercially deployable technology for synthesizing renewable liquid energy carriers. Through this project, researchers from a broad discipline across the Universities, North-American...

Liquid flow-cell sample holder for liquid-phase electron microscopy and correlative microscopy research

2019/20 • $135,984 • PI,CO
Scientific breakthroughs often build on the successful visualization of objects invisible to the naked eye. Electron microscopy is one of the most powerful characterization techniques for studying structures of materials and related phenomena down to atomic/molecular length scales. We request to...

Materials Engineering of Efficient Solar Fuels

2018/19-2019/20 • $66,000 • PI
The long-term objective of the research program is to engineer a technologically competitive class of earth abundant, low cost, sunlight stable and non-toxic photocatalyst materials that can generate solar fuels using an artificial photosynthetic process akin to the way plants and some bacteria...

Solar Fuels Materials Engineering

2013/14-2017/18 • $145,000 • PI
The objective of this research proposal is to realize a new class of photocatalysts made of earth abundant, low cost, sunlight stable and non-toxic materials that can generate solar fuels such as methanol or methane in an 'artificial photosynthetic' process akin to the way plants and some...

Instrument for in-situ nanomaterial reaction imaging

2017/18 • $120,721 • PI,CO
A wide range of scientific research is interested in how materials change at the nanometer scale when exposed to variable gas and temperature conditions. In-situ environmental transmission electron microscopy (E-TEM) can image, in real time, the changes in material properties at the nanometer...

Catalytic conversion of methane from alternative feedstocks to higher value products

2014/15-2016/17 • $288,425 • PI,CO
Efficient carbon management, especially the conversion of carbon dioxide and methane derived from either fossil sources (e.g. coal bed methane, shale gas) or biogas, is one of the Grand Challenges of twenty-first century. This topic of carbon dioxide and methane conversion is especially relevant...

A versatile, multifunctional system for full characterizations of reaction intermediates and pathways for sustainable synthesis of smart materials and value-added chemicals

2015/16 • $141,128 • PI,CO
<p>The versatile, multifunctional system for capturing reaction intermediates will support multiple existing and emerging research programs in the area of smart material discovery and applications, heterogeneous catalysis for fuel and chemical synthesis, next generation technology for bio-fuel...

Environmentally compliant alloys for aerospace electronics

2014/15-2015/16 • $71,428 • PI
Human beings are not the only entities that age. All materials age by the atomic movement of atoms and molecules that make up their microstructure, or by chemical reaction with the surrounding environment. Over time, these tiny movements and reactions end up changing the material structure,...

Structure/property relationships in advanced materials for electronics and photonics

2010/11-2012/13 • $102,000 • PI
Engineered porous materials are finding increasingly diverse applications in electronics and photonics technologies. Self-assembled colloidal crystal films offer great potential as simple, inexpensive materials exhibiting a variety of unique optical and physical properties. It is therefore of...

Patents

THERMAL TREATMENT FOR PRECONDITIONING OR RESTORATION OF A SOLDER JOINT

A thermal treatment method for conditioning or restoring bismuth containing lead-free solder in a solder joint assembly. The method comprising heating the solder in the assembly to a temperature near the solvus.
Related applications: CA20173014085, EP20170749879, WO2017CA50164