Recent Research Projects

Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry

2015/16-2019/20 • $465,000 • PI
The focus of the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry is to advance catalytic science for synthesizing chemicals from sustainable feedstocks, critical for improving the energy and atom efficiency, reducing fossil fuel consumption, and minimizing greenhouse gas...

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...

Atomic Efficient Catalytic Technology for Sustainable Chemical and Fuel Syntheses Enabled by Active Site Coupling and Kinetic Property Tuning

2018/19-2019/20 • $110,000 • PI
Efficient synthesis of energy carriers and commodity, specialty, and pharmaceutical chemicals from renewable feedstocks is one of the greatest challenges of this century, paving the path towards a sustainable future. The proposed research program will develop fundamental catalytic knowledge...

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...

Next generation of catalytic system for exhaust emission control

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
The program brings together Ford Canada and researchers from the University of Toronto to develop aftertreatment technology forabatement of pollutants from the next generation automobile engine exhaust. The focus is on evaluating and developing newgeneration of catalysts for the oxidation of...

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...

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