Honghi Tran

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Enhancing dewatering, drying, combustion and utilization of pulp and paper mill biosludge

2017/18-2019/20 • $564,600 • PI,CO
Canadian pulp and paper mills generate more than 20 million cubic metres of raw biosludge per year. Biosludge is generated during biological wastewater treatment and consists to >98% of water with the remainder being bacteria and tree residues. Energy intensive dewatering can decrease the water...


2014/15-2018/19 • $145,000 • PI
The kraft process is the predominant method for making wood pulp. For a typical kraft mill in Canada, the process generates as much as 12,000 tonnes/day of dilute black liquor that contains water, dissolved wood components and spent pulping chemicals. This massive “waste” stream must be...

Fundamental studies of drying, combustion and ash properties of biomass and impacts of pulp and paper mill operations

2012/13-2015/16 • $1,876,000 • PI,CO
Pulp and paper mills in Canada require large amounts of high pressure steam and electric power to operate. About two-thirds of the energy required is supplied by burning the concentrated black liquor (spent pulping liquor) in recovery boilers. The remaining is from biomass boilers, known...

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...

Expanding the ability to anaerobically digest pulp and paper mill waste

2012/13-2014/15 • $489,400 • PI,CO
In order for the Canadian pulp and paper industry to stay globally competitive and leave a smaller environmental footprint, its extensive water usage requires optimization. Anaerobic digestion is a cost-effective wastewater treatment option, decreasing the amount of residual sludge while...

Burning mixed fuels in biomass boilers in pulp and paper mills

2010/11-2013/14 • $92,000 • PI
High energy costs, high mill sludge disposal costs and more stringent environmental regulations in recent years have forced many pulp and paper mills to burn, or consider burning sludges, agricultural residues, shredded tires, construction waste, petroleum coke in their biomass boilers to...

Innovative thermal energy storage system for use in automobiles

2010/11-2012/13 • $234,000 • PI,CO
Increased fuel economy leads to more energy management in automotive design. With less energy conversion the passenger comfort heat demand will require waste energy storage and reuse. This would contribute to reduced start up emissions and shorter time period of increased fuel consumption of a...

A versatile differential calorimetry system for evaluation of phase transition and fluid-solid interfacial thermodynamics in nano-structured solids, surfactants, and polymers

2012/13 • $147,876 • PI,CO
A high precision and flow through differential scanning calorimeter is requested in this proposal. This instrument will probe the heats associated with phase transition of materials and with the interaction of gas phase species on solid surfaces over a wide pressure and temperature range under...

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES)

2011/12 • $127,727 • PI,CO
The requested equipment is an Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES), as the most reliable and sensitive method used for the rapid, simultaneous multi-element determinations at the ultra-trace level. The advanced analytical capabilities of the ICP-OES allow for high...

Acoustic - Electroacoustic Spectrometer (AES) for colloids characterization

2011/12 • $100,757 • PI,CO
The requested acoustic-electroacoustic spectrometer (AES) is an instrument that will be primarily utilized in determining the size and charge of particles and drops in suspensions and emulsions. Charge and size are important at the time of determining the estability of suspensions and emulsions....

Thermal analysis equipment

2010/11 • $148,725 • PI,CO
This application is for a thermal analysis system consisting of a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA/DTA), a Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) and a Mass Spectrometer (MS) detector.The thermal analysis equipment requested will replace and upgrade a now no-longer operable TGA/DSC apparatus...