Projects
Explorations and Opportunities

Ingenuity lab looks to solve grand societal problems within the areas of agriculture, healthcare, energy and the environment. This is achieved through three main themes: the programmed assembly of biomaterials, biomass conversion and application of naturally occurring bionanomaterials.

pipes

Superamphiphobic – Coating and Nanoparticle

Objective Develop a superamphiphobic surface coating for pipelines which carry heavy oil Reduce asphaltene clogging which increases pipeline pressure Develop easy to apply, durable and can withstand corrosion and erosion…

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Water Purification Membrane Systems-I (Bioinspired)

Objective Develop bio-inspired hybrid membranes for new water purification technologies Enhance water flux across the membrane with high salt rejection Exceed performance of existing membrane technologies Determine economic viability, scalability,…

Stimuli-Responsive-Polymer-Systems

Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Systems

Objective Develop dynamic stimuli responsive surfaces, materials and devices. These functional materials can change their structure and properties in response to environmental and directed stimuli. Develop materials suitable for drug…

Next-Generation-Water-Permeable-Hydrogel-Contact-Lenses

Next Generation Water Permeable Hydrogel Contact Lenses

Objective To embed aquaporin, a water permeable membrane protein,into contact lenses Study water permeation across the contact Change polymer composition for improved lens casting and ease of embedding nanomaterials Impact…

Scaffolds-for-Meniscus-Replacement

Scaffolds for Meniscus Replacement

Objective Create a bioactive scaffold system that can be customized to fit the patient’s anatomy Scaffolds with angiogenesis functionality at desired locations Incorporate the ability to selectively add cell-matrix biomolecules…

Water-Purification-Membrane-Systems-II-(Gas-responsive)

Water Purification Membrane Systems-II (Gas responsive)

Objective Develop Gas-responsive (CO2, O2) Polymer Membranes for water purification, oil/water separation and subsequent applications Create gas tunable membrane by bubbling either CO2 or O2 to change the hydrophobicity Separate…

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2D Layered material on microcantilever as a multi-analyte sensor

Objective Sensing excess pesticides in soil using microcantilever bending Identify chemical nature of pesticides using photothermal spectroscopy Impact This will allow detection of the chemical nature and concentration with high…

Ingenuity-beads

Ingenuity beads (InBeads)

Objective Development of a platform for probe capture based assays to monitor low abundant targets, including but not limited to: Cell-free tumor DNA level in cancer patient plasma Donor DNA…

Water-Purification-Membrane-Systems-III-(Inorganic)

Water Purification Membrane Systems-III (Inorganic)

Objective Develop nano-particle and polymer composite membranes Increase oil flux and water rejection Develop membranes with high ease of use, reduced maintenance and reproducible performance Tunable membranes for hydrophobicity, light-stimulated…

Mechanically-Strong-Bio-Fiber-from-Silk-and-Cellulose-Nanocomposites

Mechanically Strong Bio-Fiber from Silk and Cellulose Nanocomposites

Objective Develop a bio-fiber with unique combinations of stiffness, strength and toughness using two abundant biomass feedstocks, silk and cellulose Develop a scalable cost-effective technique for manufacturing large quantities of…

Hybrid-Systems

Hybrid Systems

Objective To create a bio-inspired nanosystem platform that is capable of: Performing ultra-sensitive detection Monitoring bimolecular behavior at single molecular level Generating and transmitting ionic current for information processing Simulate…

robotics

SWEEP Robotics

Objective To apply SWEEP technology to robotics to allow the power and control of the robot without wires. The development of this system will allow the chassis of the robot…

Standing-Wave-Electrical-Energy-Propagation

Standing Wave Electrical Energy Propagation (SWEEP)

Objective To develop an electrical energy propagation method that uses only a single contact to transfer power to a load. Not requiring a two terminal connection allows the surface of…

Nanowire-Sensors-for-Real-Time

Nanowire Sensors for Real TimeAnalysis of Crop Ecosystems

Objective Develop a revolutionary nanowire sensor for detecting multiple analytes that are critical to crop yield Identify and detect excess pesticides and herbicides in soil Real-time detection of plant pathogens…

2D-mesoporous

2D mesoporous thin films: Functional coatings for fluorescent chemical sensing

Objective Lanthanide luminescence quenching as a detection method for fluorescent chemical sensing Photoluminescent measurements of thin films in the presence of selected pesticides Common chemical quenchers (that can be detected)…

Development-of-Oral-Influenza-Vaccine-Delivery-System-Utilizing-Microparticles-With-pH-Responsive-Macropores

Development of Oral Influenza Vaccine Delivery System Utilizing Microparticles With pH-Responsive Macropores

Objective Develop a method to qualitatively assess influenza vaccine stability in the gastric environment and identify major vaccine destabilization factors of oral influenza vaccines Design/fabricate new vaccine delivery systems and…

carbon-capture

Carbon Capture – Artificial Photosynthesis

Objective Demonstrate a scalable prototype for the biochemical conversion of carbon dioxide from industrial sites Develop a flexible process that allows for the conversion of CO2 into a variety of…

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Scaffolds for Islet Cell Transplantation

Objective Develop scaffolds for islet cell transplantation with increased biocompatibility, but decreased biodegradability to eliminate the need for device removal Mimic growth factors for enhanced cell proliferation Evaluate the long…

Neural-Probes-using-Organic-Electrochemical-Transistors

Neural Probes using Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECT)

Objective To develop OECT devices for neural activity measurement Implement both OECT and passive devices in the same probe for more precise depth and spatial-neural activity information Implement these devices…

contact-lense

Contact Lens for Continuous Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring

Objective Develop contact lens with an embedded sensor capable of detecting small changes in the glucose concentration of tears, without the need for power or electronic circuitry Develop cellular phone…

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Hybrid Bio-Inspired Hydrogels (Energy Harvesting)

Objective Develop bio-inspired hybrid polymer hydrogel electrode for hydrogen evolution Create flexible electrodes incorporated with membrane proteins Develop 3D printable hydrogel for easy fabrication into desired shapes and size Impact…

Developing-based-hydrogels-agriculture

Developing Biodegradable Cellulose-Based Hydrogels as Water Reservoirs and Nutrients Carriers in Agriculture

Objective Investigate the potential of Cellulose-Based Superabsorbent Hydrogel (CBSAH) as a system for the sustained release of water Investigate the potential of CBSAH as carriers for delivering the necessary phytochemicals…

Develop-a-100-%-Biodegradable-Packaging-Material-from-Nanomaterials-and-Wood-Pulp

Develop a 100 % Biodegradable Packaging Material from Nanomaterials and Wood Pulp

Objective Increase surface hydrophobicity of pulps using Ag and TiO2 Combine enhanced pulps, CNC, and PLA to produce films Evaluate mechanical, thermal and morphological features of films Investigate the gas…

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Comprehensive Characterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC): Method Development and Effect of Processing Parameters

Objective Investigate the influence of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures processing parameters on the quality of CNC being produced Characterize the surface, morphological and thermal properties of CNC Develop a robust…

Smart-Scaffolds-–-Polymer-Synthesis

Smart Scaffolds – Polymer Synthesis

Objective Develop new types of bio-compatible polymers using functionalized lactones and amino acids UV based 3D printable composition for easy fabrications Create renewable resources and non-edible fatty acids from agricultural…

dairy

Development of a Novel Bioreactor for the Production of Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS)

Objective To demonstrate a novel technology to transform low-value materials from dairy processing facilities into high-value prebiotic non-digestible food ingredients To develop a reactor platform that can be applied across…

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Demystifying Estrogen’s Role in Breast Cancer

Objective Computationally detect genetic biomarkers for diagnosing breast cancer type Systematically treat breast cancer based on cancer type Realize personalized medicine as an optimized treatment option Impact Drastically reduce diagnostic…

muscular-dystrophy

In Silico Design of High Efficacy Antisense Oligonucleotides for Exon Skipping in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

Objective • To develop a computational framework for the treatment of genetic diseases such as DMD • To improve patients’ life expectancy from 25 years to a normal life span…

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Nanomechanical sensors for multi-analyte detection

Objective To develop a sensitive and selective device which can be used in life sciences for simultaneous detection and characterization of multiple analytes, without using additional expensive and complicated labels…

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