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...

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...

Development of hydrotreating catalysts for the removal of S and N from heavy crude oils

2015/16-2019/20 • $107,142 • PI,CO
The utilization of unconventional petroleum sources (bitumen, oil sands, shale oil, etc.) has increased steadily as conventional crudes deplete and the global energy demand and consumption increase. Canada has invested significant effort to exploit unconventional petroleum sources as the energy...

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...

The study of surface reactions under dynamic conditions

2010/11-2014/15 • $90,000 • PI
This research seeks deeper understanding of key chemical reactions which occur on the surfaces of catalysts and electrocatalysts. These reactions lie at the heart of attractive alternate energy conversion technologies and currently constitute a major barrier to their use. Greater energy...

Reactivity evaluation of promoted Ni based dry methane reforming catalysts

2013/14 • $25,000 • PI
The proposed project will evaluate a series of Ni based catalysts promoted by secondary elements for dry reforming of methane. A series of low cost, Ni based catalysts will be synthesized and promoted with secondary elements to enhance their stabilities against coking during dry reforming of...

Understanding and improving the gasification of mixed feeds including woody biomass, waste and non bio-mass feedstocks

2010/11-2011/12 • $316,300 • PI,CO
Gasification is one process in which the wastes from the vast natural resources of Canada can be effectively utilized to provide energy in a sustainable fashion. These wastes include woody biomass derived from pine-beetle kill, construction waste, and petroleum coke (a byproduct of the oil...

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