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Novel Bifunctional Catalyst

University of Waterloo

Background The rechargeable metal air battery, or metal air fuel cell, is an extremely promising electrochemical device for energy storage and has potential applications in electronics, hybrid electric vehicles, and stationary power generation. The performance of such a device is mainly limited by the slow kinetics of the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions on the cathode during battery discharge and charge. Consequently, the development of an active, stable, and affordable...
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New Air Hybrid Engine and Variable Valve Technology

University of Waterloo

BackgroundHybrid electric vehicles are regarded as one of the most effective andfeasible solutions to the global environmental concerns currently being faced by the auto sector. However, their manufacturing costs, complexity, and battery life remain significant barriers to their widespread adoption.The University of Waterloo is actively seeking automotive suppliers and manufacturers interested in commercializing a new air hybrid engine technology and variable valve system. Description of...

PROCESS FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM GLYCEROL

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE INDUSTRIELLE DU QUEBEC (CRIQ), Institut national de la recherche scientifique

The present document describes a process for production of hydrogen gas (H2) from fermentation of crude glycerol with a hydrogen producing microorganism in a bioreactor. The process comprises the step of introducing a volume of crude glycerol in a fermentation mixture which comprises a fermentation medium comprised of crude glycerol and hydrogen producing microorganisms under a fermentative hydrogen production condition, and then removing a volume of the fermentation mixture equal to the...

TREATMENT OF FECAL MATTER BY SMOLDERING AND CATALYSIS

CHENG, YU-LING, University of Toronto

Described are methods and devices for the treatment of fecal matter. A column reactor is used to smolder fecal matter to produce and a volatile components stream and smoldered media. The volatile components stream may be subject to catalysis to reduce the emission of noxious substances and/or generate heat energy. Also described is the use of a turntable for removing smoldered media from the column reactor.

DEHYDRATION USING BIOSORBENTS IN MODIFIED PRESSURE SWING ADSORPTION

University of Saskatchewan

Systems and methods of separating components of a multi-component gas mixture are described herein. The systems include one or more packed bed columns packed with a biosorbent material. Upon passing the multi-component gas mixture through the packed bed column, substantially all of a polar component of the multi-component gas mixture is adsorbed by the biosorbent material and a non-polar component of the multi-component gas mixture is not substantially adsorbed by the biosorbent material.

ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES INCLUDING STABLE IONENES

Simon Fraser University

Described herein are stable hydroxide ion-exchange polymers and devices including the stable hydroxide ion-exchagne polymers. The polymers include ionenes, which are polymers that contain ionic amines in the backbone. The polymers are alcohol- soluble and water-insoluble. The polymers have a water uptake and an ionic conductivity that are correlated to a degree of N-substitution. Methods of forming the polymers and membranes including the polymers are also provided. The polymers are...

SWITCHABLE HYDROPHILICITY SOLVENTS AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

GreenCentre Canada, Queen's University

A solvent that reversibly converts from a hydrophobic liquid form to hydrophilic liquid form upon contact with water and a selected trigger, e.g., contact with CO2, is described. The hydrophilic liquid form is readily converted back to the hydrophobic liquid form and water. The hydrophobic liquid is an amidine or amine. The hydrophilic liquid form comprises an amidinium salt or an ammonium salt.

METHODS FOR INHIBITING MICROBE GROWTH

McMaster University

Provided herein are methods and compositions useful for inhibiting microbe growth. The methods can comprise contacting the microbe with an antimicrobial agent and bicarbonate. In some embodiments, provided herein are methods for treating or preventing a microbial infection, comprising administering to a subject in need an effective amount of (i) bicarbonate and (ii) an antimicrobial agent.

SULFONATED SILICA-BASED ELECTRODE MATERIALS USEFUL IN FUEL CELLS

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Sulfonated silane ionomeric materials useful in electrodes of e.g., membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) of fuel cells can improve cell performance. MEAs prepared with CCE cathode catalyst layers and standard ELAT anode layers over a period of several start-top cycles, as well as at multiple relative humidities were studied. The MEA performance was monitored using cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and fuel cell polarization curves. The CCE cathode materials appeared...

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