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Research Projects

Feedstock Theme

  • Assessment of diversity in cell wall components and CesA/Csl genes in wheat residues to enhance their use in cellulosic biofuel – McGill University
  • Enhancing nitrogen use efficiency – University of Guelph
  • Assessment of wastewater algae for feedstock production – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Supplying heterotrophic/mixotrophic algae derived fuels and coproducts production systems with sugars hydrolysates of cheap and locally available carbon sources – University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières
  • Harvest and post harvest densification – McGill University and University of Saskatchewan
  • Genetic analysis of bioenergy crops for enhanced lignocellulosic biomass feedstock characteristics – University of Manitoba
  • Quality of Newfoundland forest/ mill residues: compositional and physical changes and resulting bio-oil and biochar – Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bioscrubbing CO2 using microalgae in residual wastewaters from biofuel industries – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Method development for efficient, low cost extraction of oils from microalgae and oleaginous yeasts, and mcl-PHAs from bacteria – University of Western Ontario
  • TREES: Tools for Remediation and Efficient Energy Supply – University of British Columbia
  • Utilization of plant growth promoting microorganisms to stimulate the growth of biomass feedstocks (Populus, Salix and cereal crop residues) – Saint Mary’s University
  • Feedstock densification and logistics (focus on Western feedstock) – University of British Columbia
  • Densification of biomass and logistics – University of British Columbia
  • Evaluation of the combination of biochar and microbe to plant signals as mechanisms to minimize the effects of stress on feedstock crop growth – McGill University
  • Compositional differences in different willow genotypes growing in contrasting environments – Institut de recherche en biologie végétale/Université de Montréal
  • Effects of phytohormones in algae and genetic engineering of algae for biofuel production – University of Western Ontario

Conversion Theme

  • Gasification of BC lodgepole pine biomass integrated with CO2 capture – University of British Columbia
  • Superheated steam pre-treatment of biomass – University of Manitoba
  • Gasification tail gas reforming – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Development of new catalysts for selective oxidation of acrolein to acrylic acid – Université Laval
  • Improved fractionation and pretreatment of biomass for fuels and bioproducts – University of British Columbia
  • Conversion of 3-hydroxy fatty acids into value-added hydrocarbons – University of Manitoba
  • Non-homogeneous biomass conversion to biofuels complemented with high strength recyclable copolymers – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis (FTS) of liquid biofuels from reformed biogas, synthesis gas and bio-oils – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Optimization of neutral lipid (TAGs) and bio-plastic (mcl-PHA) production including scale-up strategies – University of Manitoba
  • Combined steam treatment for the extraction of lipids out of algal biomass in parallel with conversion of residual forest and agricultural biomass – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Microbial production of neutral lipids and 3-hydroxy fatty acids for biofuels and bioproducts from low cost feedstocks – University of Manitoba
  • Bio-syndiesel and alcohol production from synthesis gas – University of Saskatchewan
  • Upgrading of bio-oil from agricultural, forest residue and municipal solid wastes to fuels and chemicals, and Production of fermentable sugars from lignocellulosic biomass using subcritical and supercritical water treatment and their enzymatic conversion to bioethanol and biobutanol – University of Saskatchewan
  • Rational metabolic engineering of yeasts for fuels and co-products – University of Toronto
  • Development of advanced yeast production platforms – University of Alberta
  • Pathways for the timely and sustainable implementation of biofuel and bio-products manufacturing by the Canadian forestry – École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Engineering S. cerevisiae as a platform strain for inhibitor tolerance and C-6 chemical production from cellulosic feedstocks – Concordia University
  • Improving the fermentation of mixed sugars in lignocellulosic hydrolysates by native pentose-fermenting yeasts – University of Guelph
  • Metabolic engineering of yeast for production of advanced biofuels and chemicals – University of Alberta
  • Hydrogen production by alkaline aqueous reforming – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
  • Designer co-culture optimisation for consolidated processing of lignocellulosic biomass – University of Manitoba
  • Analysis and optimization of mobile pyrolysis processing system using forestry residues – Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Hydro-liquefaction of high-water-content biomass and waste materials into high quality biocrude and hydro-de-oxygenation of bio-crude/bio-oil for the production of advanced biofuels with internal hydrogen generated from aqueous waste stream – University of Western Ontario
  • Pyrolysis production of bio-oils for high-value products and fuels from agricultural, forestry residues and MSW – University of Western Ontario
  • Catalytic pyrolysis of bio-oils for high-value products and fuels from agricultural, forestry residues and MSW – University of Western Ontario
  • Purification, conditioning and blending of pyrolysis bio-oils for integration with conventional petroleum fuels – University of Western Ontario
  • Co-pyrolysis of biomasses, waste plastics and heavy oils – University of Western Ontario
  • Separation of chemicals – University of Western Ontario
  • Upgrading of pyrolysis bio-oil using red mud mining waste as a catalyst – University of Guelph
  • Fermentation of the carbohydrate-rich aqueous fraction of bio-oils derived from biomass pyrolysis for hydrogen production – University of Western Ontario
  • Optimizing yeast for pentose fermentation through systems biology – University of Ottawa and Concordia University

Utilisation Theme

  • Emission performance and catalytic combustion of fuel blended with 3-OH methyl esters – University of Waterloo
  • Engine efficiency improvement for biofuels in low temperature combustion application – University of Windsor
  • Experimental determination of the burning properties of novel biofuels with 3-OH methyl esters: gasification process and flame speeds – University of Manitoba
  • Characterization and use of microbial biofuels for high efficiency HCCI engines – University of Alberta
  • High-pressure combustion properties of biofuels for aviation – University of Toronto
  • Biofuel combustion for advanced stationary gas turbine engines – McGill University
  • Bioalcohols evaluation in a direct-injection spark ignition engine – École de technologie supérieure

Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability (SEES) Theme

  • Establishing sustainable biomass supply chains from natural disturbances in Canadian boreal forests – Université Laval, University of Toronto and École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Assessing priority feedstocks for Canadian biorefining pathways – Queen’s University
  • Techno-economic assessment and process modeling of superheated steam processed lignocellulosic biomass for pellet production – University of Alberta
  • The supply and sustainability of forestry feedstocks – Queen’s University
  • Ecosystem goods and services analyses of biomass-based biorefineries – University of Manitoba
  • Evaluating new biofertilizers from the gasification and pyrolysis platforms – McGill University
  • Assessing priority utilization pathways for Canadian biorefining technologies – University of Waterloo
  • Knowledge translation – Positioning biofuel R&D for enhanced use in policy, regulation, practice and commercialization – University of Guelph
  • Economic and environmental impact of bioenergy production in Canada – McGill University
  • Assessing priority conversion technologies for Canadian biorefining pathways –University of Toronto