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- 1Akram, Usama
- 1Jim, Steven R.
- 1Kaur, Manpreet
- 1Luo, Xiaoxiong
- 1Movahedian, Samira
- 1Nelson-Fitzpatrick, Nathaniel
Chicken feathers are byproduct of poultry industries and except some minor low end application, they are generally dumped into landfills. An effort has been made to utilize this by-product by transforming them into nano-reinforced bioplastics which is not only a solution to feather waste disposal...
This thesis presents a thorough examination of the corrosion and fouling behaviour of crude oil at refining conditions on industrially applicable heat transfer surfaces. The depletion of light sweet crude oil reserves means that the processing of ever heavier and more sour crude oils is...
This thesis investigates electrically conductive polymer nanocomposites formulated with metal nanowires for electrostatic discharge and electromagnetic interference shielding. Copper nanowires (CuNWs) of an average length of 1.98 µm and diameter of 25 ± 4 nm were synthesized. The oxidation...
The use of polymers in applications such as electronic packaging, heat exchangers, and thermal pastes is limited by their inability to dissipate accumulated heat effectively. Nano-scale filler modifiers may be used to improve the transport of thermal energy through polymer materials. Studies of...
Microvalves are an essential part of microfluidic systems for chemical and biological analysis. However, the lack of high performance materials has hindered the development of microactuators capable of driving valves with combined rapid response and high closing forces. Paraffin-based phase...
Analytical separations are important methods of identifying and quantifying molecular compounds present in complex sample mixtures. These approaches are popular in biochemistry, medical diagnostics, quality control, and numerous other applications. In these techniques, constituent analytes are...
Micro and nanocantilever structures have been used as transducers for a plethora of sensor applications. These transducer technologies have similar shapes, but the material properties and geometrical optimizations needed to improve sensitivity are rather different. This is a record of two...
Polymers may absorb fluids from their surroundings via the natural phenomenon of swelling. Dimensional changes due to swelling can affect the function of polymer components, such as in the case of O-ring seals and microfluidic components. An understanding of the swelling behaviour and means for...