Burnaby, Canada

Simon Fraser University

www.sfu.ca/
Burnaby, Canada

Simon Fraser University is a public research university in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, with its main campus on Burnaby Mountain and satellite campuses in Downtown Vancouver and Surrey. The 1.7 km2 main campus on Burnaby Mountain, located 20 km from downtown Vancouver, was established in 1965 and comprises more than 30,000 students and approximately 950 faculty members. The university is adjacent to an urban village, UniverCity. The university was named after Simon Fraser, a North West Company fur trader and explorer. Undergraduate and graduate programs operate on a year-round tri-semester schedule. It is the only Canadian university competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association . In 2007, Simon Fraser University was the first and remains the only university to be awarded the Prix du XXe siècle from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada recognizing the "enduring excellence of nationally significant architecture", although the campus is in declining physical condition. The university's 2011 capital plan reports 53% of buildings in "poor" condition and 27% ranked "fair," due to provincial and federal austerity in the education sector.SFU is ranked 24th from the 100 Under 50 universities 2014 in the world by the Times Higher Education. SFU was ranked first among Canada's comprehensive universities in 1993, 1996-1998, 2000, 2008-2013 and in 2015 by Maclean's. Based on solely Canadian Universities for 2014, SFU is ranked 17th in CWUR, 8th in ARWU, 11th in Times, and 2nd in Maclean's Comprehensive. SFU faculty and alumni have won 43 fellowships to the Royal Society of Canada, three Rhodes Scholarships and one Pulitzer Prize. Wikipedia.


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Ballard Power Systems and Simon Fraser University | Date: 2016-08-18

Methods for detecting a hydrogen leak and quantifying a rate of the same in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stack are provided, as well as a fuel cell diagnostic apparatus that diagnoses a hydrogen leak in a fuel cell stack.


A new fabrication process for flexible and wearable microfluidic channel structures and devices is provided. Microfluidic channel structures and devices can be printed on textiles and in particular on flexible fabrics, such as clothing, for applications in wearable microfluidic sensors and systems. The wearable and flexible microfluidic devices are fabricated from water-insoluable plastisol polymers, which may be screen-printable, and sheets of paper may be used as a sacrificial substrate during production.


Patent
Simon Fraser University | Date: 2017-01-17

Electrode structures for transvascular nerve stimulation combine electrodes with an electrically-insulating backing layer. The backing layer increases the electrical impedance of electrical paths through blood in a lumen of a blood vessel and consequently increases the flow of electrical current through surrounding tissues. The electrode structures may be applied to stimulate nerves such as the phrenic, vagus, trigeminal, obturator or other nerves.


Patent
Simon Fraser University | Date: 2017-02-22

Described herein are stable hydroxide ion-exchange 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 suitable, for example, for use as ionomers in catalyst layers for fuel cells and electrolyzers.


Patent
Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas and Simon Fraser University | Date: 2017-06-21

The present invention relates to a power source based on a capillary-based microfluidic redox flow cell made from cellulose and carbon materials which are completely safe and non-toxic, yet inexpensive. The power will be generated by electrochemical reactions facilitated by flowing redox species through porous electrodes. These organic substances will be stored in the capillary-based microfluidic redox flow cell and recover their initial structure upon the addition of any liquid, such as wastewater, seawater, urine, that can even be the same sample to be analyzed. The mass transport within the power source will entirely rely on capillary flow through the different porous materials. Hence, the power source will not require a pump to operate. Once the capillary-based microfluidic redox flow cell is completely wet and the species oxidized/reduced, the power source can be disposed with no environmental impact, as it does not contain any metals or harmful substances.


Patent
Simon Fraser University and Ballard Power Systems | Date: 2016-12-28

Methods for detecting a hydrogen leak and quantifying a rate of the same in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell stack are provided, as well as a fuel cell diagnostic apparatus that diagnoses a hydrogen leak in a fuel cell stack.


Patent
Simon Fraser University and Israel Agricultural Research Organization | Date: 2017-02-01

This disclosure describes compounds that affect the olfactory responses of the honey bee mite (Varroa destructor) and methods of use thereof. The compounds do not kill Varroa destructor, and are therefore unlikely to generate Varroa destructor resistance, compared to an acaricide. The compounds can work in conjunction with other mite control approaches, such as a bottom board excluder and sticky board control devices, and can enhance the performance of other forms of mite control while decreasing disadvantages associated therewith.


Patent
Simon Fraser University and Organization Aro | Date: 2015-03-24

This disclosure describes compounds that affect the olfactory responses of the honey bee mite (Varroa destructor) and methods of use thereof. The compounds do not kill Varroa destructor, and are therefore unlikely to generate Varroa destructor resistance, compared to an acaricide. The compounds can work in conjunction with other mite control approaches, such as a bottom board excluder and sticky board control devices, and can enhance the performance of other forms of mite control while decreasing disadvantages associated therewith.


Patent
Simon Fraser University and Center For Drug Research And Development | Date: 2015-07-10

Compounds of general formula I that are capable of inhibiting bacterial pyruvate kinase and/or bacterial growth. The compounds may find use as antibacterial agents in therapeutic and/or non-therapeutic contexts.


Holdcroft S.,Simon Fraser University
Chemistry of Materials | Year: 2014

The polymeric ionomer plays a vital role in PEM fuel cell device technology, not simply as the membrane that transports protons and water from one electrode to another but as the binder and transport medium responsible for electrochemical activity within the catalyst layer. This perspective examines critical features of the catalyst layer ionomer. It highlights the current understanding of interactions of ionomer in catalyst inks, where the microstructure of the catalyst layer is largely formed, and in the catalyst layer itself. Properties important to the design and function of next generation ionomers and the challenges faced in replacing PFSA ionomers with hydrocarbon-based analogues are closely examined. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

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