Ramin Farnood

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Recent Research Projects

Fundamental studies of solar photocatalytic pathways for valorization of biosolids to fuels and chemicals

2015/16-2019/20 • $175,000 • PI
With the growing concern over climate change and the global depletion of energy and natural resources, there is a pressing need for rapid shift to renewable sources of energy and chemicals. Meanwhile, the ongoing surge in the planet's urban populations and modernization has resulted in the ever...

Energy reduction in mechanical pulping

2013/14-2018/19 • $2,021,000 • PI,CO
The global demand for renewable, sustainable, climate-friendly wood pulp materials and products continues to increase. The key to meeting the global fibre demand is through high yield mechanical pulping that produces 50% more fibre than chemical processes. Canada is uniquely positioned with the...

Prototype of Conductive Thermoplastic Composite Laminate Sheet for Precursor of Bipolar Plates

2018/19 • $25,000 • PI
Proton-exchange-membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) is a device that converts hydrogen, which can be generated from*renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, into electrical energy for use in various applications. In recent*years, PEMFC has received growing attention as a potential solution in...

Design and manufacturing of direct mirco- and long-fibre lightweight composites

2013/14-2017/18 • $2,513,500 • PI,CO
The automotive industry is one of the core markets for long-fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites because oftheir inherent advantages such as weight-effectiveness, structural dimensional stability, high strength, enhancedmodulus, superior creep resistance, and heat resistance. There is always...

Developing novel electro-spun nano-fibre membrane adsorption systems for water treatment

2014/15-2016/17 • $447,700 • PI,CO
Access to safe drinking water is a necessity of life and has been declared by the United Nations as a human right. Although Canada is blessed by its vast water resources, anthropogenic activities over the past few decades have significantly eroded the quality of our water supplies. In 2001,...

NSERC - SENTINEL - Bioactive Paper Strategic Network

2010/11-2015/16 • $7,594,000 • PI,CO
Bioactive paper that can detect and deactivate dangerous bacteria and viruses in food and water will deliver health benefits around the world. Bioactive Paper is a made-in-Canada concept articulated in the first phase (2005-2010) of the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network, an NSERC strategic...

Advanced thread locking adhesive technology

2015/16 • $25,000 • PI
The consumption of thread locking adhesives has been growing rapidly over the past decade. The global market for this type of materials has increased by more than 250% from $160 million in 2008 to $420 million in 2014 with an aggregate annual growth rate of more than 20%. Thread locking products...

NSERC Green Fibre Network

2010/11-2014/15 • $6,163,569 • PI,CO
The Canadian Forest Industry is struggling for its survival. Traditional markets of printing grades, the major part of Canadian Pulp and Paper Production, are dwindling and are unlikely to regain profitability in the future. For a renewal of the Canadian Forest Industry, revolutionary changes...

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...

Fundamental study of kinetics and product distribution in catalytic hydrothermal gasification of industrial and municipal sludge

2010/11-2014/15 • $200,000 • PI
With the global trend towards a low-carbon economy, biomass utilization for the production of energy and fuel is gaining increasing popularity. Considering the various sources of biomass, conversion of domestic and industrial sludge (waste biomass) as a source of hydrogen, methane, and other...

Industry Open House

2014/15 • $3,000 • PI
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Novel treatment technologies for high-rate disinfection of combined sewer overflows

2011/12-2013/14 • $235,401 • PI,CO
Combined sewer overflow (CSO) has been a major cause of the deterioration of the quality of receiving watersand poses a clear risk to human health and to the environment. Due to the growing urbanization, continuous economic expansion, and climate change, the impact of CSO on the environment is...

Engineering low-cost nanotechnology based molecular diagnostics using paper

2011/12-2013/14 • $198,203 • PI,CO
Emerging infectious diseases continue to pose threats to hospitalized patients, individuals made vulnerable by immune compromise, and residents of long-term care facilities, as well as otherwise healthy community residents. The dynamic nature of microbial populations necessitates a nimble,...

Relationship between physico-chemical structure and UV disinfection of biological flocs in wastewater

2010/11-2013/14 • $133,332 • PI
Proper disinfection is vital for reducing the microbial contamination present in wastewater, which if discharged untreated could pose a risk to public health. Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is fast becoming a popular alternative to chlorine disinfection for the wastewater disinfection. However,...

Evaluation of an innovative high-rate water treatment system for disaster relief

2012/13 • $25,000 • PI
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, availability of safe and clean water is a critical factor for emergency response efforts. This issue is of increasing significance given the effects of climate change and the growing frequency of extreme weather conditions and disaster outbreaks across...

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...

Tribometer for Friction and Wear Measurement

2011/12 • $54,046 • PI,CO
The tribometer will be used to measure the friction and wear properties of new materials and devices, and will help us understand how various manufacturing processes operate. For example, it will be used to develop new electronic sensors that can be printed onto sheets of paper and plastic. It...

Odor fading in natural gas distribution systems

2011/12 • $25,000 • PI
This project aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the odor fading in natural gas steel and polymer pipelines. A laboratory setup will be constructed to determine the kinetics of mercaptan loss due to the chemical interactions between mercaptan and the pipe material. Using X-Ray...

Performance evaluation and diagnosis of high efficiency dual granular media spectrum filter

2010/11 • $25,000 • PI
Production of high purity water typically requires the removal of fine suspended particles to negligible levels. Eco-Tec's proprietary filtration system; known as Spectrum Micro-Media Filter, is a two layer depth media filter that is designed to address this need. This filtration system can...