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McMaster University is a public research university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is located on 121 hectares of land in the residential neighbourhood of Westdale, adjacent to Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens. The university operates six academic faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health science, Humanities, Social Science, and Science. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada.The university bears the name of Honourable William McMaster, a prominent Canadian Senator and banker who bequeathed C$900,000 to the founding of the university. McMaster University was incorporated under the terms of an act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1887, merging the Toronto Baptist College with Woodstock College. It opened in Toronto in 1890. Inadequate facilities and the gift of land in Hamilton prompted the institution to relocate in 1930. McMaster was controlled by the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec until it became a privately chartered, publicly funded non-denominational institution in 1957.The university is co-educational, and has over 24,500 undergraduate and nearly 4,000 post-graduate students. Alumni and former students of the university can be found all across Canada and in 140 countries around the world. Notable alumni include government officials, academics, business leaders and two Nobel laureates. The university ranked 4th among Canadian universities and 92nd in the world according to the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 4th among Canadian universities and 90th in the world according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 6th among Canadian universities and 113th in the world according to the 2014 QS World University Rankings. In addition, the McMaster University Medical School was ranked 1st in Canada and 14th in the world for clinical medicine by Times Higher Education in 2013. The McMaster athletic teams are known as the Marauders, and are members of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Wikipedia.

The disclosure provides a sensor for detecting a target comprising a probe that is able to recognize the presence of the target; a pH-changing enzyme conjugated to an oligonucleotide that senses the recognition of the presence of the target by the probe; and a solid support linked or linkable to the probe; wherein the presence of the target causes the sensor to be either captured to the solid support or released into solution for detection of pH changes. Also provided are methods for using the sensor and kits.

McMaster University | Date: 2015-06-22

Hydrophobic CNCs were successfully prepared by grafting amine- and thiol terminated hydrocarbons to CNCs that have been previously coated with plant polyphenols. Hydrocarbons of various chain lengths can be used to tune the hydrophobicity of the modified CNCs. After the surface modification process, CNCs can be easily redispersed in nonpolar solvents highlighting the potential of the hydrophobic CNCs in, for example, CNC reinforced nanocomposites and non-aqueous formulations.

A self-reinforced masonry block comprises a main body having opposed substantially parallel stacking surfaces and at least one tubular cell defined therethrough from one stacking surface to the other. At least one confining reinforcement is embedded in the main body to surrounding a corresponding cell. Each confining reinforcement extends substantially entirely along the longitudinal length of its corresponding cell and terminates inwardly of the stacking surfaces. The self-reinforced masonry blocks may be used in construction of a grout-filled, vertically reinforced masonry block wall, with the self-reinforced masonry blocks being used for those portions of the wall where the grouted cells are prone to crushing due to high levels of compressive stress, and conventional unreinforced masonry blocks being used for other portions of the wall. A method for making the self-reinforced masonry blocks is also described.

McMaster University | Date: 2015-04-01

Various embodiments are described herein for a system and method to eliminate mutual flux effect on rotor position estimation of switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives at rotating shaft conditions without a prior knowledge of mutual flux. Neglecting the magnetic saturation, the operation of conventional self-inductance estimation using phase current slope difference method can be classified into three modes: Mode I, II and III. At positive-current-slope and negative-current-slope sampling point of one phase, the sign of current slope of the other phase changes in Mode I and II, but does not change in Mode III. In one example embodiment, in order to operate the self-inductance estimation in Mode III, a variable-hysteresis-band current control method is proposed for the incoming phase and variable-sampling method is proposed for the outgoing phase.

The present application relates to an aqueous method for the preparation of microgel particles using a stimuli-responsive prepolymer

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