Quebec, Canada
Quebec, Canada

Laval University is the oldest centre of education in Canada , and was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. Its main campus is located on the outskirts of the historic city in Quebec City, the capital of the Province of Quebec. The university is ranked among the top ten Canadian universities in terms of research funding. Wikipedia.


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A method for preparing polymers by direct heteroarylation or arylation polycondensation is described herein. The method includes preparing a reaction mixture including at least a monomer to be polymerized, a catalyst and a ligand; heating the reaction mixture; and, optionally, end-capping the reaction mixture.


Patent
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc and Laval University | Date: 2016-07-26

An extended-reach assist device for an assembly task includes a base mechanism and a compliant end-effector. The articulated base mechanism provides one or more passive degrees of freedom. The end-effector is connected to the base mechanism, and has one or more active or passive degrees of freedom collectively configured to react to contact forces with the assist device when completing the dexterous assembly task. A weight of the end-effector is supported by the base mechanism. The end-effector may be optionally configured as a passive device configured to produce a remote center of compliance or as a robot mechanism. A mechanism may actively or passively augment a force applied by the operator. A sensor may detect a signature indicative of successful task completion, e.g., an acoustic, visual, or audio sensor.


Patent
Laval University | Date: 2014-06-05

A fiber-optic thermometer probe has an optical fiber with a sensing portion, namely a region of reduced cladding thickness coated with a temperature-dependent refractive index material to provide variations in propagated light power upon changes in temperature in a vicinity of the sensing portion. A reflective interface optically coupled to a core of the optical fiber reflects light propagated therein. The sensing portion can be the tip and prepared by etching using a dipping process.


A composition of purified and biologically active p-coumaroyl hexose and/or polyphenols is provided by separation from strawberrys pulp by a method of extraction and purification using a hydrophobic adsorbent using GRAS solvent. Also provided is the use of the composition.


Patent
Laval University | Date: 2017-03-08

The present invention relates to an artificial light system for modulating circadian rhythms, increasing vigilance and influencing light-associated psychological conditions such as seasonal affective disorder. The system of the invention comprises a source of a green and/or red light and a source of blue light both light sources being controlled by a computer to provide predetermined light conditions. More specifically, the computer is programmed to provide pulses of blue light and continuous or pulsed red light, to enhance the efficacy of blue light, reduce blue-light hazard and avoid stroboscopic effect.


Patent
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc and Laval University | Date: 2017-03-15

A movement device is moved along an X axis and a Y axis by providing a sensor configured to measure angle of rotation of at least one of a first and a second kinematic link about a respective axis of rotation. A force is imparted on the first and second kinematic links such that an angular displacement of the first and second kinematic links about the respective axis of rotation is achieved. The angular displacement of the first and second kinematic links about the respective axis of rotation is determined. The movement device is moved along the X axis and/or the Y axis in response to the determination of the angle of rotation of the first and second kinematic links about the respective axis of rotation until first and second kinematic links are vertical.


Patent
Mission Pharmacal Company and Laval University | Date: 2016-08-10

The present disclosure provides novel formulations suitable for the intravaginal delivery of tinidazole, as well as methods of using the same.


The present invention relates to the use of leukotriene B_(4 )to enhance the response of Toll-like receptor (TLR), RIG-I-like receptor (RLR), and NOD-like receptor (NLR) when stimulated simultaneously with respective proper ligands. The use in combination of LTB_(4 )with those ligands is useful to potentiate immune response for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, immunosuppressive diseases, as well as immunological disorders.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: BG-09-2016 | Award Amount: 15.49M | Year: 2016

The overall objective of INTAROS is to develop an integrated Arctic Observation System (iAOS) by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS will have a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integration of data from atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences, provided by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. Satellite earth observation data plays an increasingly important role in such observing systems, because the amount of EO data for observing the global climate and environment grows year by year. In situ observing systems are much more limited due to logistical constraints and cost limitations. The sparseness of in situ data is therefore the largest gap in the overall observing system. INTAROS will assess strengths and weaknesses of existing observing systems and contribute with innovative solutions to fill some of the critical gaps in the in situ observing network. INTAROS will develop a platform, iAOS, to search for and access data from distributed databases. The evolution into a sustainable Arctic observing system requires coordination, mobilization and cooperation between the existing European and international infrastructures (in-situ and remote including space-based), the modeling communities and relevant stakeholder groups. INTAROS will include development of community-based observing systems, where local knowledge is merged with scientific data. An integrated Arctic Observation System will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors (e.g. local communities, shipping, tourism, fisheries), in order to strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies.


Vinh-Thang H.,Laval University | Kaliaguine S.,Laval University
Chemical Reviews | Year: 2013

Researchers share their views on the latest scientific and technological advances in the development of theoretical models focused on the prediction of the gas separation performance of mixed-matrix membranes (MMM). An overview of the latest MMMs using various kinds of fillers is introduced for better understanding. The status, applicability, and future theoretical research for estimating the gas separation performance of MMMs are highlighted and validated. The mixed-matrix membranes (MMMs) where inorganic fillers in solid, liquid, or solid and liquid forms are dispersed in a polymer matrix, have been identified to provide a solution to the upper-bound trade-off limit of the polymeric membranes while addressing the brittleness obstacle of the inorganic membranes. MMMs are also expected to combine the potential advantages in separation performances of inorganic and polymer membranes.

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