Recent Research Projects

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...

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...

Atomic Scale Catalytic Property Tuning and Kinetic Insights for Innovative Catalytic Conversion of Fuels and Oxygenates

2012/13-2017/18 • $174,000 • PI
The proposed research program seeks highly efficient and environmentally benign catalytic technology for chemical conversions of alternative resources into fuels and chemicals. This is a core research program of the newly established catalysis research lab, the Multidisciplinary Laboratory for...

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...

Catalytic conversion of lignin derived monomers to value-added chemicals

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
DuPont is an advanced, science-based company, operating the Kingston Technology Centre in Kingston, ON with more than 110 employees, including 35 Ph.Ds. in chemistry and chemical engineering. This Centre is part of a global network of over 10,000 scientists and engineers that have launched more...

Site visit to zEroCor Tubulars Inc.

2015/16 • $1,565 • PI
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Catalytic processing of shale and bio gases to higher value products

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Catalytic reaction of methane and carbon dioxide is one of the most promising routes to upgrade the methane contained innatural gas or from biogas into synthesis gas (syngas), the primary chemical building block for the production of commoditychemicals and value added products. Existing...

Effects of impurities on the catalytic abatement of methane from natural gas engine exhaust

2014/15 • $25,000 • PI
Methane emission from natural gas engine exhaust is not being regulated currently but is expected to be regulated within the next few years. In order to meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations, advanced catalytic technology is required for the abatement of un-combusted methane....

Synthesizing thermographic phorsphor for rapid and dynamic temperature sensing in jet engine combustore

2013/14 • $24,992 • PI
This project is in collaboration with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a leading supplier of turboprop andturboshaft aircraft engines based in Canada, to develop thermographic phosphor for high temperature sensing.A series of dysprosium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Dy) thermogrphic phosphors...

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...

Optimization of pyrolysis process for producing char used in wastewater treatment

2012/13 • $24,000 • PI
The objective of the proposed work is to investigate the pyrolysis chemistries during the production of biochar (charred organic matter or biomass charcoal) used for binding biological agents for wastewater treatment. One of the challenges of using biochar in large scale wastewater treatment is...