Recent Research Projects

Ecotoxicity and transport of nanoparticles released from commercial products

2014/15-2016/17 • $510,185 • PI,CO
Nanotechnology is met with both excitement and scepticism. On the one hand there are tremendous technological opportunities through the exploitation of the unique properties of nanoparticles. On the other hand, there is concern that nanoparticles will have adverse effects on human and ecological...

Mobility of engineered nanoparticles in the subsurface with particular focus on the partially saturated zone

2011/12-2016/17 • $162,000 • PI
Nanotechnology is an emerging industry in Canada and throughout the world. This new area is met with both excitement and scepticism. On the one hand there are tremendous technological opportunities through the exploitation of the unique properties of nanoparticles. On the other hand, there is...

Impacts of green roofs on storm water management and urban climate

2011/12-2014/15 • $522,459 • PI,CO
Green roofs have been used for centuries to insulate buildings and beautifyurban environments. European countries, especiallyGermany, have adopted green roofs for use in modern buildings, helping raise awareness of their manypotential benefits. Green roofs have been shown to: effectivelyreduce...

Assessment of nZVI synthesis and mobility at a field trial

2011/12-2013/14 • $115,869 • PI,CO
The use of nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) for remediation of contaminated sites has received significant attention in part due to the ability of nZVI to rapidly transform contaminants in controlled laboratory experiments. One problem that has hampered the widespread implementation of nZVI is...

Barrier systems engineering for environmental protection from emerging contaminants of concern

2010/11-2011/12 • $395,560 • PI,CO
Canada annually spends over $2 billion in collection and disposal of waste. Barrier systems - comprised of a geomembrane liner (a thin plastic sheet) overlying a geosynthetic clay liner (a thin layer of low permeability clay) and a natural soil layer - are used to line the bottom of land fills...

Development of nanometals for source zone remediation

2010/11 • $120,310 • PI,CO
Environment Canada estimates that 29% of the population consumes groundwater as their domestic water so protection of this resource is essential to the health and well-being of Canadians. Historically, the subsurface was thought to act as a natural filter of wastes injected into the ground. The...

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