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OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - 21 avril 2017) - Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation Les représentants des médias sont invités à se joindre à Kate Young, secrétaire parlementaire pour les Sciences et députée de London-Ouest, à l'occasion d'une importante annonce de financement, au nom de l'honorable Kirsty Duncan, ministre des Sciences, en faveur de l'innovation et de la recherche scientifique. Cet appui vise à favoriser les collaborations entre les collèges et les entreprises qui permettent d'instaurer une économie plus innovante et d'assurer la croissance au profit de la classe moyenne du Canada. À la suite de cette annonce, Mme Young visitera un laboratoire du Lambton College. Les représentants des médias sont invités à l'accompagner pendant cette visite.

Media representatives are invited to join Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, as she makes an important funding announcement in support of scientific research and innovation. This support will focus on collaborations between colleges and businesses that serve to secure a more innovative economy and growth for Canada's middle class. After the announcement, MP PS Young will tour a lab at Lambton College. Media are invited to join the tour. MP PS Young will be available for questions from the media following the announcement.

SARNIA, ON--(Marketwired - April 24, 2017) - Canadian businesses, small and large, are teaming up with researchers at colleges across the country to expand their activities and create good jobs for Canadians that support a strong and healthy middle class. When colleges and local companies work together, their collaborations can often lead to better products, innovative business models and valuable hands-on skills for students that give them an advantage when entering the workforce of their choice. Today, Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary for Science and Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced that the Government of Canada will invest more than $7 million for six projects at colleges across the country. These projects will allow colleges to provide research expertise in a variety of fields, such as energy, agriculture and new material design. The funding is made available through the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF), a program that helps colleges work with Canadian businesses to innovate and thrive. The announcement was made at Lambton College in Sarnia, Ontario, which is receiving more than $850,000 for new equipment to be housed at the Bio-industrial Process Research Centre. The Centre helps petrochemical and refining plants test new ways to make consumer and industrial products out of renewable, biological, raw materials. This funding will expand the Centre's capacity, which in turn will help companies enhance their market, strengthen their competitiveness, create jobs, grow their revenue and reduce emissions. "Today's announcement will help Canada's colleges lend their research expertise to local companies so they may continue to grow and succeed. These investments also provide researchers and students the opportunity to gain the important skills and experience they need to find long-term, stable employment. Through this program, the CFI is ensuring that colleges have in place specialized facilities to support their role as important hubs of economic growth and job creation." "Today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to providing colleges with the support and tools they need to promote strong partnerships with local business and community leaders. Our investment also provides scholars and students the opportunity to work in new research facilities where they can acquire the skills they need to make valuable contributions that help grow the economy and support a stronger middle class." "The research-industry collaborations taking place in colleges across the country give our businesses, big and small, an edge on the competition. This in turn helps businesses create jobs, access new markets and contribute to Canada's economy. And this is why it is so important to give colleges funding for state-of-the-art research equipment that will enhance their expertise and strengthen their ability to support industry." "This new funding will ensure we can continue to provide our students with an exceptional experiential learning platform. This generous investment allows us to continue to provide distinctive programming, applied research opportunities, community and industry engagement initiatives at Lambton College. More importantly, it means our graduates will continue to meet and exceed the expectations of industry employers." "The addition of the CFI-funded equipment to Lambton College's Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre will significantly enhance the existing capacity of our laboratories. This unique, state-of-the-art equipment will give bio companies the ability to improve upon or develop new bio-based products and processes, consequently helping them to commercialize their novel technologies." A full list of the funded projects is available online at For updates, follow us on Twitter @InnovationCA and subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos about the difference CFI funding makes in Canada. The CFI Research Facilities Navigator - An online directory of CFI-funded labs that are available to collaborate with the private sector. About the Canada Foundation for Innovation For 20 years, the CFI has been giving researchers the tools they need to think big and innovate. And a robust innovation system translates into jobs and new enterprises, better health, cleaner environments and, ultimately, vibrant communities. By investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada's universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions, the CFI also helps to attract and retain the world's top talent, to train the next generation of researchers and to support world-class research that strengthens the economy and improves the quality of life for all Canadians.

Narayan S.,Lambton College
International Journal of Energy, Environment and Economics | Year: 2011

When the pressure losses occuring in the Brayton cycle are accounted for, the cycle efficiency depends on the ratio of specific heats of the working fluid. The lower the ratio of specific heats, the higher the cycle efficiency. When tetrafluoromethane (CF 4 or Refrigerant-14), a non-toxic, non-flammable, thermally stable, fairly inert gas having a specific heat ratio of 1.1 - 1.14, is used as the working fluid in a closed cycle gas turbine, a 22% increase in the thermal efficiency can be obtained than when air is the working fluid. Other organic gases too could be used in the proposed Closed Organic Brayton (COB) cycle which can achieve a thermal efficiency of about 21 % with a heat source temperature of only 540°C (~1000 deg F). Its capital and operating costs will be competitive with existing small Rankine cycle steam power plants that burn biomass, and have typical gas turbine advantages like small plant footprint and quick startup. © 2012 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Trifkovic M.,University of Minnesota | Hedegaard A.,University of Minnesota | Huston K.,University of Minnesota | Sheikhzadeh M.,Lambton College | MacOsko C.W.,University of Minnesota
Macromolecules | Year: 2012

The design of a porous membrane support layer derived from cocontinuous polymer blends is presented. We investigate the effect of blend composition, shear rate, residence time, and annealing time on the cocontinuous morphology of polyethylene (PE)/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) blends. Porous PE sheets were generated by water extraction of PEO and used as a support layer for gas separation membranes. The PE/PEO blends using nonfunctional and maleic anhydride functional PE (PE-g-MA) were mixed in a batch microcompounder and in a pilot plant scale corotating twin-screw extruder. Using PE-g-MA resulted in pore size reduction from 10 to 2 μm and suppression of coarsening of the morphology during further annealing of the blends due to formation of PE-PEO graft copolymers. Equilibrium interfacial tension, estimated by fitting the rheology of droplet blends to the Palierne viscoelastic droplet model, was 3 and 0.4 mN/m for PE/PEO and PE-g-MA/PEO systems, respectively. The specific interfacial area and phase size distribution were calculated from 3D images acquired by laser scanning electron microscopy (LSCM). We prepared gas separation membranes by solvent casting an acetone solution of ionic gel into porous PE sheets and discussed the effect of type of processing, average pore size, pore size distribution, and pore wall functionality on their performance. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

An electrochemical method based on pulse current electrodeposition (PCE) utilizing different waveforms was developed and used for fabricating membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) with low catalyst loading for use in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. It was found that both peak deposition current density and duty cycle control the nucleation rate and the growth of platinum crystallites. Based on the combination of parameters used in this study, the optimum conditions for PCE were found to be a peak deposition current density of 400 mA cm-2, a duty cycle of 4%, and a pulse generated and delivered in the microsecond range utilizing a ramp-down waveform. MEAs prepared by PCE using the ramp-down waveform show performance comparable with commercial MEAs that employ several times the loading of platinum catalyst. © The Electrochemical Society.

Zheng J.,University of Western Ontario | Choo K.,University of Western Ontario | Choo K.,Lambton College | Bradt C.,GreenField Specialty Alcohols Inc. | And 2 more authors.
Biotechnology Reports | Year: 2014

A modified twin-screw extruder incorporated with a filtration device was used as a liquid/solid separator for xylose removal from steam exploded corncobs. A face centered central composite design was used to study the combined effects of various enzymatic hydrolysis process variables (enzyme loading, surfactant addition, and hydrolysis time) with two differently extruded corncobs (7% xylose removal, 80% xylose removal) on glucose conversion. The results showed that the extrusion process led to an increase in cellulose crystallinity, while structural changes could also be observed via SEM. A quadratic polynomial model was developed for predicting the glucose conversion and the fitted model provided an adequate approximation of the true response as verified by the analysis of variance (ANOVA). © 2014 The Authors.

Karimi S.,Lambton College | Karimi S.,University of Toronto | Foulkes F.R.,University of Toronto
Electrochemistry Communications | Year: 2012

The effects of waveform and other associated parameters on the pulse current electrodeposition of platinum electrocatalysts for use in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells were investigated. Using microsecond pulses with ramp-down waveforms yielded well dispersed, high surface area nanoparticles of 2-3 nm diameter, which, when incorporated into fuel cell membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs), resulted in fuel cell performance comparable with commercial MEAs that employed ten times as much platinum loading. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Trifkovic M.,University of Minnesota | Sheikhzadeh M.,Lambton College | Nigim K.,Lambton College | Daoutidis P.,University of Minnesota
IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology | Year: 2014

This paper deals with system integration and controller design for power management of a stand-alone renewable energy (RE) hybrid system, which is at the construction stage in Lambton College (Sarnia, ON, Canada). The system consists of five main components: photovoltaic arrays, wind turbine, electrolyzer, hydrogen storage tanks, and fuel cell. The model for each process component is developed, and all the components are integrated in a Matlab/Simulink environment. A two-level control system is implemented, comprising a supervisory controller, which ensures the power balance between intermittent RE generation, energy storage, and dynamic load demand, as well as local controllers for the photovoltaic, wind, electrolyzer, and fuel cell unit. Simulations are performed to document the efficacy of the proposed power management strategy. © 2013 IEEE.

Karimi S.,Lambton College | Karimi S.,University of Toronto | Foulkes F.R.,University of Toronto
Journal of the Electrochemical Society | Year: 2012

A comprehensive mathematical model based on the works reported by Molina et al. [J. Molina, B. A. Hoyos, Electrochim. Acta, 54, 1784-1790 (2009)] and Milchev [A. Milchev, "Electrocrystallization: Fundamentals of Nucleation And Growth" 2002, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 189-215] for galvanostatic pulse electrodeposition of nickel on metallic substrates employing four different waveforms was developed and compared with experimental results. The model is based on progressive nucleation and, unlike other reported models, considers contributions from both nucleation and growth currents. A comparison between the model and experimental results revealed a reasonably good agreement at low peak deposition current densities and low pulse on-times, where the average grain diameter was greater than 50 nm. However, as the pulse on-time or peak deposition current density increased, leading to a decrease in average grain size, the difference between the model and experimental results became more pronounced. At high peak deposition current densities-greater than 400 mA cm-2-the ramp-down waveform yielded the highest nucleation rates, confirming the experimental findings in which nickel electrodeposits generated with ramp-down waveform produced the smallest average grain size. Copyright © 2012 The Electrochemical Society.

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