Frank Gu

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Towards Environmentally Responsible Resource Extraction Network (NSERC-TERRE-NET)

2016/17-2019/20 • $4,183,750 • PI,CO
Canada's rich natural resource wealth has sustained a long history of economic development. Extraction and processing of these natural resources have provided Canada with great social and economic benefits, and will provide a foundation for Canada's economy in the 21st century. Unfortunately,...

Nanotechnology Engineering

2017/18-2019/20 • $200,000 • PI
Microbial keratitis is a form of eye infection that affects over 1 million people every year and can cause blindness when left untreated. The proposed program will develop novel pathogen sensing and therapeutic delivery technologies to tackle unique challenges in the detection and treatment of...

Precision manufacturing of mucoadhesive nanoparticles using an inkjet- printing platform

2014/15-2018/19 • $125,000 • PI
Controlled release technologies have enabled the predicable release of bioactive agents to a targeted environment for a desired duration and optimal biological responses. Our laboratory specializes in synthesizing polymeric nanoparticles to formulate nano-scaled controlled release devices, and...

Training toward Environmentally Responsible Resource Extraction

2014/15-2017/18 • $1,050,000 • PI,CO
Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources, such as coal, oil, and base and precious metals. These mined resources provide the bedrock of the 21st Century economy, but extracting them in an environmentally sustainable manner presents an enormous technical challenge. Meeting this challenge...

Intergrated flexible nanotechnology for photonic fabrics

2014/15-2016/17 • $570,370 • PI,CO
An estimated one-third of the world's population does not have access to clean drinking water, resulting in diseases that kill roughly five million people each year, while an estimated 60 million children are affected by stunted growth due to recurring illness originating from contaminated...

Advanced Targeted Delivery Systems

2012/13-2016/17 • $500,000 • PI
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Remediation of mercury contaminated sediments

2015/16-2016/17 • $304,070 • PI,CO
Mercury is a highly toxic element often present at elevated concentrations in sediment, soils and water as a result of industrial and other activities. Under reducing conditions, inorganic mercury can be converted to more toxic methylmercury which bioaccumulates in the food chain. Ingestion of...

Equipment for development of a novel and customized additive manufacturing (3D printing) workstation for producing heterogeneous soft tissues/implants, extracorporeal devices and prostheses

2015/16 • $148,599 • PI,CO
<p>This Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) proposal aims at establishing a novel and customized in-house additive manufacturing (AM) workstation. This critical workstation will allow us to fabricate anatomically-shaped soft tissues/implants, wearable devices and prostheses with heterogeneous...

Nano Spray Dryer for Aerosol-Assisted Assembly of Nanocomposite Powders

2015/16 • $121,904 • PI,CO
<p>The development of new and improved materials relies on engineering nanocomposites from the nano- to the macro-scale. Spray drying nanomaterial dispersions is a processing method capable of controlling nanostructure while producing micron-sized powders that can be shaped or formed into...

20/20: NSERC Ophthalmic Materials Network

2010/11-2014/15 • $4,220,600 • PI,CO
Vision, arguably the most critical of the senses, is dependent on healthy ocular tissues. Unfortunately, disease, aging and congenital defects affect the health of these tissues. 20/20: NSERC Network for the Development of Advanced Opthalmic Materials brings together 11 Canadian researchers from...

Upgrade of U of Waterloo's primary confocal microscope with state-of-the-art correlative microscopy for co-applicants in 11 departments

2014/15 • $144,912 • PI,CO
We request purchase of Zeiss "Shuttle and Find" technology which serves as the interface for state-of-the-art correlative microscopy. Zeiss "Shuttle and Find" allows the taking of fluorescent confocal microscope image and then overlay the same ultrastructural image with a Zeiss Merlin electron...

Development of long-circulating nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery applications

2010/11-2013/14 • $111,000 • PI
Polymeric nanoparticles represent a promising platform for targeted drug delivery applications. The central challenge in administering polymeric nanoparticles in vivo lies in the rapid particle clearance from the systemic circulation by the liver and spleen. As a result, only a small fraction of...