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Conductive cellulose nanocrystals

University of Waterloo

BackgroundIntrinsically conductive polymers (ICPs) refers to organic polymer that has the ability to conduct electricity. (ICPs) have demonstrated their usefulness in a wide variety of applications, such as sensors, anti-static/electromagnetic interference shielding, organic light-emitting diode (OLED), supercapacitors, etc. due to their superior physical and chemical properties.  However, the inherent problems with ICPs such as low solubility, intractable phase, poor mechanical...
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Prodrug inhibitors of aminoglycoside acetyltransferases as agents to block resistance to aminoglycoside antibiotics

McGill University

This technology represents a major change in the way antibiotic resistance to aminoglycosides will be managed and offers an opportunity for rescuing antibiotic activity via the AAC(6’) and APH3’ mechanisms of resistance. We anticipate that the proposed prodrugs, if used in combination with aminoglycoside antibiotics, will represent potential novel drugs to treat infections from resistant strains (both Gram-positives and -negatives). The presence of genes encoding for AAC(6’) and APH3’ in a...

METHODS FOR REMOVING MERCURY CONTAMINANT FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS, AND BIOREACTORS THEREFOR

University of Ottawa

Provided herein are methods for removing mercury contaminant from an aqueous solution, the methods including: providing an aqueous solution, the aqueous solution being contaminated with at least trace amounts of an oxidized mercury species; culturing a photoheterotrophic or fermentative heterotrophic bacteria in the aqueous solution under anaerobic conditions in which the bacteria reduce the oxidized mercury species to elemental mercury (Hg0), wherein the bacteria comprises one or more...

HYDROTHERMAL LIQUEFACTION CO-PROCESSING OF WASTEWATER SLUDGE AND LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS FOR CO-PRODUCTION OF BIO-GAS AND BIO-OILS

Western University

This disclosure provides a process based on hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) treatment for co-processing of high-water-content wastewater sludge and other lignocellulosic biomass for co-production of biogas and bio-crude oil. The mixture of waste activated sludge and lignocellulosic biomass such as birchwood sawdust / cornstalk / MSW was converted under HTL conditions in presence of KOH as the homogeneous catalyst. The operating conditions including reaction temperature, reaction time and...

PROCESS FOR PREPARING CRYSTALLINE ELECTRODE MATERIALS AND MATERIALS OBTAINED THEREFROM

Clariant (Canada), Polytechnique Montréal, University of Montreal

There is provided a process for preparing a crystalline electrode material, the process comprising: providing a liquid bath comprising the electrode material in a melted state; and introducing a precursor of the electrode material into the liquid bath, wherein the electrode material comprises lithium, a metal and phosphate. There is also provided a crystalline electrode material, comprising lithium substituted by less than 0.1 atomic of Na or K; Fe and/or Mn, substituted by less than 0.1...

DEGRADATION OF HYDROCARBONS USING FILAMENTOUS FUNGUS

University of Saskatchewan

The use of a filamentous fungus for degrading hydrocarbons and environmental toxins is provided. The filamentous fungus can be Trichoderma harzianum strain TSTh20-1.

TREATMENT OF BLOW-DOWN AND MINE TAILINGS STREAMS

KEMIRA OYJ, Suncor Energy, University of Alberta

Techniques for treating by-product and waste streams are provided. The by-product streams may include blow-down (BD) including dissolved organic material (DOM), from an in situ thermal hydrocarbon recovery operation, and fine tailings including suspended fines derived from a mining and extraction operation. The techniques may involve contacting the BD with the fine tailings to induce aggregation of suspended fines and/or removal of DOM from the BD. A DOM-reduced water stream may be produced...

LIQUID-SOLID FLUIDIZED BED WASTE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM FOR SIMULTANEOUS CARBON, NITROGEN AND PHOSPHORUS REMOVAL

Western University

Biological nutrient removal (BNR) in wastewater treatment to remove carbonaceous substrates, nutrients and phosphorus, has recently become increasingly popular worldwide due to increasingly stringent regulations. Biological fluidized bed (BFB) technology, which could be potentially used for BNR processes, can provide some advantages such as high efficiency and compact structure. This present invention incorporates the fixed-film biological fluidized bed technology with the biological...

PROCESS TO INDUCE POLYMERIZATION OF AN ORGANIC ELECTRONICALLY CONDUCTIVE POLYMER

Phostech Lithium, Université du Québec à Montréal

The invention relates to a process to induce polymerization of an organic electronically conductive polymer in the presence of a partially delithiated alkali metal phosphate which acts as the polymerization initiator.

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