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Although care has been taken in the preparation of this material to be as accurate as possible, the contents of these documents are provided for information purposes only, and neither the University of Alberta nor the inventors offer any warranty, written or implied, as to the accuracy of the said contents.

1907, 2017

Novel Method for Purification of Short Insoluble Elastin-Like Polypeptides

Description

Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a novel process to purify very hydrophobic elastin-like polypeptides (ELP). The method enables the expression and purification of ELPs that are poorly expressed and/or have very low […]

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906, 2017

Time Efficient Scientific Visualization Tool

Description
While mathematical computation engines have built-in scientific visualization and animation capabilities, it is possible to achieve much more with the underlying data than what is currently realized. On the other hand, there are dedicated tools […]

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1005, 2017

Improving Power Transmission Line Design by Injecting Third Harmonic Voltage

Description

In the field of power engineering, any frequency other than the fundamental is generally undesirable and engineers usually try to filter harmonics in effective ways. But what if we could use these harmonics beneficially? Researchers […]

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1204, 2017

High Resolution Radar Imaging for Oil Well Inspection

Description

It is essential for oil and gas companies to inspect and monitor changes in oil wells over time to control irreversible damages which may cause impaired or halted production, costing millions of dollars. Although different […]

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3003, 2017

Automatic Measurement of Melanoma Breslow Depth

Description

Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a method for rapid and accurate measurement of the melanoma Depth-of-Invasion (DoI), also known as Breslow Depth, from MART1 stained skin histopathological images. This method measures the […]

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803, 2017

Biodegradable Protein Based Tailings Flocculant

Description
A by-product of bitumen extraction, mature fine tailings (MFT) are a mixture of fine solid clay, mineral particles and suspended hydrocarbons. MFT stable dispersion can last for decades and it is estimated that 800 million […]

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1602, 2017

New Cross-Calibration Ion Chamber and Calibration Method for Radionuclide Activity Meters

Direct quality assurance with short-lived clinical isotopes
Description

A portable ion chamber system has been designed for direct calibration of radionuclide activity meters in nuclear medicine and research. The cylindrical chamber accommodates a syringe filled with a […]

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1901, 2017

Novel Therapy for Diabetes, Dyslipidemia and Obesity

Description

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a potential therapy to prevent dyslipidemia, obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis. The study shows that depletion of an enzyme inhibits phosphatidylcholine synthesis in mice which results in decreased […]

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1801, 2017

Biological Production of Fatty Alcohols from Carbohydrate Precursors

Description

University of Alberta researchers have genetically engineered a yeast platform for biosynthesis of long chain fatty alcohols from cellulosic hydrolysates. The engineering strategy included genetic modifications to endogenous yeast biosynthetic pathways as well as introduction […]

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1801, 2017

BioEngineered Adipocytes for the Light-Controlled Release of Insulin

Description

Dr. Peter Light at the University of Alberta has developed genetically engineered adipocytes that secrete significant amounts of bioactive insulin upon exposure to a particular wavelength of blue light. Insulin secretion is specific and very […]

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1801, 2017

Novel Diagnostic Tool for HIV – Associated Neurocognitive Disorder

Description

University of Alberta researchers, led by Dr. Christopher Power, have developed an innovative plasma-based diagnostic test for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND). At present, clinically validated biomarkers are not available for the diagnosis […]

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1801, 2017

Light Switch Adapter

Description
University of Alberta inventors have developed a novel light switch interface designed for individuals who may have reduced mobility and limited range of motion, such as children and persons with disabilities. This adapter replaces the […]

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2012, 2016

Durable Nanoparticle-Stabilized Foam for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Description
Current enhanced oil recovery processes use solvent flooding as a method to increase production rates. The critical challenge in this method is the unfavorable mobility due to differences in viscosity of the light solvent and […]

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2811, 2016

Semiautomatic Segmentation of Nasal Cavity from Cone Beam CT Images

 

 
Description
We have developed a method for the rapid and highly accurate rendering of 3D models of the upper airways from 3D Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) scans.  Our method consists in one-time manual selection of […]

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2111, 2016

New Point of Care Diagnostic for Acute Mesenteric Ischemia

Description

University of Alberta researchers are developing a novel non-invasive diagnostic test for acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI). AMI has a high morbidity and mortality rate (60-80%), due significantly to failure of timely diagnosis.

Currently there is no […]

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911, 2016

Distortionless UWB Antenna

Description
Ultra wideband (UWB) radio technology requires low power, offers high bandwidth efficiency, and is difficult to detect in covert applications compared to narrowband. It is used in radar imaging applications such as through-wall imaging, in […]

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2410, 2016

Solar Powered Oxygen Delivery

Description

Researchers at the University of Alberta and Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda have developed a novel system to deliver oxygen in remote and resourcelimited hospitals that have minimal access to oxygen cylinders or an electric […]

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2009, 2016

Surgical Kinematic Capture System

Description

The Surgical Kinematic Capture System is a new device that objectively assesses open surgery skills, and that supports open surgery training by providing real-time feedback to a trainee performing a surgical task.  The system records […]

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1909, 2016

Plasma Protein Biomarkers for Fabry Disease

Description

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered novel plasma protein biomarkers in Fabry patients which can be used to develop diagnostic kits for patients with ambiguous mutations or non-specific symptoms. In addition, these biomarkers […]

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909, 2016

Prevention of Abiotic Stress-Induced Yield Losses in Crops Through Manipulation of Phytohormonal Pathways

Description

The Ozga/Reinecke lab at the University of Alberta has been working with pea as a model crop for 23 years.  The researchers have found that manipulating plant phytohormones (with hormone application or genetic engineering) to […]

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2706, 2016

Novel Bio-markers for Diagnosis and Treatment of Stress

Description
Dr. Dean Befus at the University of Alberta in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Ritz at the Southern Methodist University have identified calcium-binding protein spermatid specific 1 (CABS1) protein forms that can be used as predictive, […]

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1506, 2016

Dry Powder Based Respirable Bacteriophage Compositions

Description
Background: Bacteriophages are viruses that target and eliminate specific bacteria. They are potential alternatives to chemical antibiotics and are under development as therapeutics for various infectious diseases, including respiratory tract infections. University of Alberta researchers […]

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1506, 2016

MagnetTx: New Innovations in Cancer Research

There’s precious few changes in this world that, in a few minutes, can have a transformational impact.

But this is one of them, and in cancer treatment, no less.

Dr. Gino Fallone and Brad Murray, medical physicists […]

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1805, 2016

Highly Active Water Oxidation Electrolyzer Catalyst

Description
Electrolyzers are used to convert electricity from carbon dioxide-free renewable sources such as solar
and wind energy into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen is used for combustion, clean synthesis, or electric power generation in applications including industrial […]

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1305, 2016

A Novel and Improved OFDM System

Description
The growing demand for high-speed wireless communications has prompted the development of higher performance technologies. A key technology that promises to deliver higher data capacity and greater spectral efficiency required by these communication systems is […]

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405, 2016

Inhalable Effervescent Doxorubicin Nanoparticles for Lung Cancer

Description
 

The respiratory tract is an effective administration route for drug delivery to the lung as well as an emerging delivery option for systemic therapeutics. University of Alberta and Alberta Cancer Board researchers have jointly developed […]

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1304, 2016

Drug Administration Modeler

Description

 

 

In the past pharmacokinetic principles were taught by a combination of lectures and hands-on experiments.  Drugs were administered to laboratory animals or to student volunteers, then blood or urine samples were collected and analyzed over […]

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504, 2016

Nitrogen-Doped Porous Carbon Electrocatalyst for Zinc-Air Batteries

Description

Consumer and industrial energy demands are constantly increasing and there is a need for energy alternatives to our depleting fossil fuels. Currently, Lithium-Ion batteries (LIBs) dominate the energy storage market. However, these batteries are insufficient in meeting the energy demands […]

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1703, 2016

New Method for Single-Camera 3D Underwater Image Reconstruction

Description

Computer vision has become a popular method to explore the underwater environment. Underwater cameras are used for scientific exploration seafloor structure, monitoring undersea habitats, and inspecting industrial equipment. Camera calibration is required for recovering 3D geometry of […]

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2601, 2016

Non-Contact, High Resolution Microwave Sensing in Air, Liquid or Solid

Description

Microwave resonance technology is used for various sensing applications in areas such as material identification and classification, environmental system and food industry monitoring, and biomedical diagnostics. Conventionally, this technology has suffered from low sensitivity and resolution. Quality factor plays a critical role […]

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2601, 2016

Method to Create High-Quality Bio-Based Resins and Composites Using Renewable Oils

Description
Resins and composites are used in various industries including plastics, paints and varnishes, rust and wood protection, and floor tiling. Toxic, petroleum-based resins and composites have been used in the manufacturing industry for years. The […]

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2312, 2015

Method to Improve Abrasion and Scratch Resistance in Polyurethane or Other Polymer Nanocomposites

Description
Polyurethane coatings are protecting many different structures today, such as storage tanks, oil and gas pipeline, water and wastewater, bridges, ships, and other facilities. The products have been effective because of their outstanding life expectancy […]

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2611, 2015

Polymer Nanofibers for Rapid Dewatering of Fine Tailings

Description
The main objective of tailings ponds remediation is to remove water so that a trafficable load-bearing surface can be produced within a reasonable time frame to allow subsequent reclamation. A tailings pond includes water, sand, clay […]

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2611, 2015

Photocleavable Affinity Tags for Ultra Pure Protein Purification

Description
Affinity tags are highly efficient tools for purifying proteins from crude extracts. However, most affinity purification elusion schemes require a change in buffer condition, such as addition of imidazole or a decrease in pH. This […]

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2611, 2015

Pea (Pisum Sativum L.) Seed Coat and Seed Coat Fractions Novel Health-Beneficial Ingredients for Animal and Human Diets

Description
Pulse grains, including dried peas, are rich sources of fibre with low glycemic indices and bioactive components such as the flavonoids proanthocyanidins (PACs or condensed tannins). Their unique nutritional profile has led to many studies […]

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1011, 2015

Redliner™: Activity Monitor for Wheelchair Users

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed Redliner™, a wheelchair activity monitor that can measure upper body over-exertion for wheelchair users, a situation the research team calls “Redlining”. The device is ‘worn by the […]

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2108, 2015

Therapeutic Hypobaric Normoxia for Hypertension

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta are developing a non-invasive therapy to alter systemic vascular resistance by using hypobaric normoxia/hyperoxia as an adjuvant to standard medical therapy. Preliminary results studies in mouse models have shown […]

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608, 2015

Method For Generation of Neuronal Cells From Pluripotent Stem Cells

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta are developing a method to generate cells of central nervous system that include neuronal, astrocyte and glial cells from induced pluripotent stem cells. The invention involves a highly efficient […]

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2406, 2015

Methods for “Deviceless” Tissue Transplant

Description
Cellular transplantation is an attractive and growing field in medicine, specifically for management of type 1 diabetes in patients with unstable blood sugar control. Strategies for subcutaneous transplantation of islets that rely on biomaterials often […]

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406, 2015

Fish on a Chip

Description
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) detects numerical and/or structural changes in chromosomes that occur in many types of genetic diseases, including cancer. The test involves permeabilizing cells, adding fluorescent tagged probes that attach to specific […]

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1503, 2015

Enrichment of Oils with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

Description
Biologists have laboured for years to engineer various organisms for the genetic enrichment of oils with high levels of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, because of the significant commercial interest for food and non-food […]

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3012, 2014

Zonal UWB Receiver

 
Description
An ultra-wideband (UWB) receiver is a short range wireless communications technology currently gaining popularity for use with personal area networking (PAN) applications such as wireless monitors, camcorders, and other high bandwidth devices.  UWB utilizes a […]

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2512, 2014

Non-Repeating Interval Sequences for Coded Imaging and Multi-User Communications

Description
Coded excitation is widely used in ultrasound, radar, sonar and other imaging systems as well as in communication systems. Coded excitation involves the transmission of long-duration pulses with a time-bandwidth product (TBP) greater than 1. […]

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2212, 2014

Method for High Resolution Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Description
This technology involves a laser induced ionization method for the improved resolution and measurement of large molecules. The invention provides an instrument for measuring the molecular weight of large organic molecules comprising a Matrix Assisted […]

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2012, 2014

Low-Voltage CMOS Circuits for Analog Decoders

Description
Most high-data rate digital communication systems transmit coded digital information using sophisticated forms of modulation that generate an analog signal. Conventional iterative decoders use digital circuits that require the conversion of analog signals to digital […]

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1512, 2014

Fluorinated Fructose Derivatives for PET Imaging

Description
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a non-invasive nuclear medicine imaging technique that produces a three-dimensional image of physiological processes and tissue microenvironments, which is used fordiagnosing and/or treating diseases including cancer, heart disease, and brain […]

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112, 2014

Meta-material Thermal Emitter for Thermo-Photovoltaics

Description
Heat is considered as a byproduct of industrial processes. For example, average oil and coal based energy conversion processes account for thermal losses roughly within 50% to 60% of the total produced power. For small […]

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2411, 2014

3D Reconstruction of Transparent and Reflective Objects

Description
3D object reconstruction is widely used in a number of industries to create a three dimensional digital model of a physical object.  Traditional acquisition systems rely on the expected light reflecting patterns off an object […]

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2011, 2014

Light-Emitting Diode Compatible with Silicon Microelectronics

Description
The drive for more components (per unit area) on a microelectronics chip necessitates more interconnects between them. As the feature size of these interconnects shrinks and the interconnects are packed in more tightly, problems such […]

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1511, 2014

Surrogate Spinal Cord

Description
A surrogate spinal cord simulates both the mechanical and surface properties of an actual spinal cord for laboratory testing of spinal implants. In the construction of this surrogate spinal cord, the modulus of the cord […]

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311, 2014

Silicon Nanocrystal Optical Resonator

Description
Silicon is the principal material used in microelectronics, due in part to its low cost and high abundance. However, there are problems inherent in the miniaturization of conventional microelectronics, such as cross-talk (interference) and increased […]

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111, 2014

Highly Accurate, Automated People Counting Algorithm for Video Analytics

Description
Counting a person only once while the person passes through the field of view (FOV) is required in many video analytic applications such as keeping track of transit passenger numbers in railway stations, pedestrian volume monitoring in […]

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3110, 2014

Overhead & Complexity Optimized Network Coding for Improved Network Performance

Description
Communication and data transfer over the internet is driven by speed and the ability to provide uninterruptable high quality services. Conventional network broadcast/multicast protocols are either unreliable (e.g. user datagram protocol- UDP) or rely significantly […]

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3110, 2014

Multifunctional, Atrial Selective Inhibitors for the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Description
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of cardiac electrical rhythm disturbance affecting 2 % of the population. While AF does not generally induce sudden cardiac death, it is the primary cause of 15% […]

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2010, 2014

Improved Non-Data-Aided Channel Estimation for Ultra-Wideband

Description
Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology is a promising solution for short range, low power, and low cost wireless communication systems. Traditional ultra-wideband technology, also referred to as impulse radio, transmits very short carrierless data pulses that occupy […]

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710, 2014

Novel Small-Area Low-Power Analog to Digital Converter for In-Pixel Data Conversion

Description
Most image sensors incorporate one analog-to-digital converter (ADC) per pixel array, or per column, to process a photodiode’s sensitive signal. The next generation of products aims to incorporate one ADC per pixel, which can result […]

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2809, 2014

Non-Radiating In-Situ Heating for Oil Sands

Description
Viscosity is a major obstacle in the recovery of low gravity oil resources from heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs. Traditional oil recovery and well stimulation techniques using hot steam or fluid are not efficient due […]

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2709, 2014

Queueing ToolPak

Description
The Queueing ToolPak (QTP) is a Microsoft Excel add-in consisting of a library of over 20 queueing functions for waiting line analysis. Specifically, QTP can analyze waiting line systems comprised of a single waiting line, […]

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2009, 2014

Improved Fine Coal Dewatering System

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed an improved temperature sensitive polymer system for coal dewatering.

Current widely-used techniques for the removal of moisture in coal fines have an elevated cost, largely due to the […]

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1509, 2014

A Novel Microfluidic Device for Rapid Selection of De-emulsifying Agents

Description
An emulsion is a mixture of two liquids that are unable to combine to form a homogeneous solution. In the emulsion, one of the liquids will be dispersed in the form of globules or droplets […]

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909, 2014

Polymer-Based Muscles and Actuators

Description
Materials that spontaneously undergo a change in structure, for example, from a two dimensional (2D) to three dimensional (3D) structure in response to external stimuli have been of great interest as artificial muscles, and for […]

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309, 2014

Fully Metallic Atomic Force Microscopy Probes

Description
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is an essential tool used to characterize surfaces with roughness on the order of micrometers and nanometers. In its most basic form, it is used to interrogate the topography of a […]

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3108, 2014

Gecko Inspired Adhesive Microfluidic Channels

Description
Many adhesives require a liquid component, are one time use, or leave a residue upon removal.  These issues reduce the versatility of microfluidic channels and the breadth of their applications.

 

Researchers at the University of Alberta […]

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2008, 2014

Hyperspectral Imaging for Ore Froth Processing

Description
Closed loop assessment of mineral froth is typically not possible using conventional ore processing technology, because the assessment of product quality and prediction of product recovery require laboratory analysis. However, researchers at the University of […]

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1508, 2014

Flexible-Base Electrode Array and Method of Manufacture

Description
University of Alberta researchers have developed an electrode array supported by a flexible base that can be used for both stimulation and recording of neurons in the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), and […]

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1008, 2014

Silicon Nanocrystals for Water Treatment

Description
With the increase in need for oil in today’s society, new sources for oil extraction are being investigated and developed. One method is the extraction of oil from Canadian oil sands deposits in Alberta. This […]

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408, 2014

Size Controlled Luminescent Germanium Nanocrystals

Description
Germanium nanocrystals (nc-Ge) display size-dependent photoluminescence suitable for integration into a variety of optoelectronic devices. The invention is a straightforward method to produce size-controlled nc-Ge without the disadvantages of costly procedures, highly specialized reagents, or […]

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208, 2014

Ganglioside GM1 for treatment of Huntington’s Disease

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that ganglioside metabolism is impaired in Huntington’s disease (HD) and that administration of GM1 restores normal ganglioside levels and decreases HD cell susceptibility to apoptosis. Gangliosides are […]

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108, 2014

High Efficiency Meta-Material Organic LEDs and Photovoltaics

Description
Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaics (OPVs) are promising owing to their potential of providing environmentally safe, flexible and inexpensive solutions over their semi-conductor counterparts. However, low conversion efficiency and their incapability of […]

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2007, 2014

A New and Improved Method and Apparatus for LDPC Decoding

Description
Low-density parity-check codes (LDPCs) are a class of error-correcting codes that are capable of offering performance that is very close to the theoretical maximum information transfer rate for reliable communications over noisy channels. Although LDPC […]

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1607, 2014

Frequency Time Block Modulation for Mitigating Doubly Selective Fading

Description
The growing demand for high-speed wireless communications has prompted the development of higher performance technologies. To ensure reliability while delivering increasing data rates by the user, wireless communication technologies incorporate signal processing techniques to lessen […]

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907, 2014

New Optimized Receiver for Pilot Symbol Assisted Modulation (PSAM)

Description
Pilot Symbol Assisted Modulation is a wireless communications method for reducing the effects of a fading signal. By periodically inserting known ‘pilot’ symbols into a transmitter’s data stream, a receiver is able to derive an […]

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107, 2014

Low Loss Meta-Material Optical Waveguides

Description
The researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a new class of optical waveguides with a meta-material cladding which enables strong confinement of energy within the waveguides making it an ideal choice for Photonic […]

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3006, 2014

Small molecule inhibitors of PNKP, a DNA repair enzyme, for cancer therapy

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta have identified potent small molecule inhibitors of a new DNA repair target, human polynucleotide kinase/phosphatase (PNKP). PNKP is an important enzyme in the DNA break repair pathway that processes […]

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2006, 2014

Fast, Low-Power Decoders for LDPC Codes

Description
Low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes are used in communications technologies to successfully send a message over a noisy channel. These codes come much closer to the theoretical maximum transmission rate than other methods. Unfortunately the conventional […]

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1506, 2014

Method for Vitrification of Articular Cartilage for Long Term Storage

Description
Osteochondral allografting is an effective technique for treating osteochondral defects; however, its utility is limited by the availability of clinically suitable osteochondral tissues. Current methods allow only for short term hypothermic storage of human articular […]

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1406, 2014

Software for Non-Contact Real-Time Strain Measurement

Description
Conventional extensometers encounter problems when testing soft materials (e.g. polymers) and small scale specimens (e.g. fibers). For example, the extensometer knives can cause stress concentrations around the contact areas thereby accelerating failure. Current methods of […]

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1306, 2014

Nano-Resonator Sensor for High Sensitivity and Selectivity in Chemical Sensing

Description
Over the years, there has been immense focus on developing highly sensitive microelectro-mechanical system (MEMS) based chemical sensors exploiting various transduction mechanisms in generating sensor signals. Different sensing parameters have been measured for different applications […]

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1206, 2014

New Methods of Phosvitin Extraction from Egg Yolk

Description
Phosivitin is a principal phosphoprotein in egg yolk, representing about 11% of egg yolk proteins and about 4% of yolk dry matter. It exhibits many advantageous properties that would be useful to various industries, including, […]

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606, 2014

A Novel, Improved Pulse for Digital Communication, Recording and Storage Systems

Description
Currently, modem and digital transmission systems use the raised-cosine “”Nyquist”” pulse shape for conveying data electronically. A new pulse shape has been developed at the University of Alberta that has less inter-symbol interference and a […]

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306, 2014

Reduced Cost 3D Ultrasound Imaging

Description
Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a cost-effective method for 3D ultrasound imaging that maintains image quality.

There are two traditional ways to accomplish 3D ultrasound imaging. The first method makes use of mechanically […]

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206, 2014

Introducer for Intervertebral Implant

Description
Spinal fusion procedure is a surgical technique used to eliminate abnormal motion of the spine by combining two or more vertebrae. In 2006, approximately 450,000 spinal fusion procedures were performed in the United States alone. […]

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106, 2014

Novel precursors for the PET radiotracer [18F]FAZA

Description
FAZA is a PET radiotracer that selectively accumulates in hypoxic cells. It was invented and developed at the Cross Cancer Institute of Alberta and is currently used in several medical centers to assess tumor hypoxia […]

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2005, 2014

Easily Fabricated Hollow Optical Waveguides Including Tapers

Description
Optical waveguides are devices that guide electromagnetic waves along a desired path, and with a minimum of loss from the generating point to the point of application. Air-core (hollow) optical waveguides enable controlled interaction between […]

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1505, 2014

New Method of Managing Sclerotinia Sclertiorum

Description
Canola (Brassica sp) producers typically manage Sclerotinia sclertiorum, commonly known as white mould or stem rot, through crop rotations or fungicides; however, each method has a drawback. Crop rotations are often only effective if the […]

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1405, 2014

A Method of Preparing Flexible Poly (3-Hyroxy Butyrate) Films and Coatings

Description

 

Most commercial plastics are synthetic polymers derived from petrochemicals that tend to resist biodegradation. Poly (3-hyroxy butyrate), PHB, derived plastics are attractive alternatives because they are compostable, derived from renewables and are bio-degradable. Despite these […]

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1305, 2014

Crysosim

A novel technique for stem-cell storage and preservation
Description
Cryopreservation is a core enabling technology for the transplantation of natural and engineered cells and tissues. Successful transplantation of human cells is critically dependent on the number of […]

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1205, 2014

The Geotechnical Virtual Laboratory

Description
The Geotechnical Virtual Laboratory is an educational software package that simulates three standard geotechnical tests: the Permeability, Consolidation, and Triaxial tests. Interactive theory lessons and quizzes, as well as standards information are included as background […]

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1105, 2014

Cost Effective MEMS Manufacturing Method for Gecko Inspired Dry Adhesives

Description
Many adhesives require a liquid component, are one time use, or leave a residue upon removal.  Molecular scale Van der Waals forces that result between smooth surfaces in very close contact can be utilized to […]

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105, 2014

Optical Measurement System for Measuring Liquid Properties

Description
The researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a new apparatus and method for measuring the quality and optical properties of liquid in a commercial test cell using the principle of low coherence interferometry. […]

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2504, 2014

Molecular Ballistic Junctions

Description
The semiconductor industry continually advances towards making more efficient devices.  This entails making smaller and smaller devices, which leads to an increase in computing power and speed of computers and electronics.  However, there are physical […]

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2204, 2014

Nanocrystalline Cellulose Hydrogel for Prevention of Bacterial Adhesion

Description
University of Alberta researchers have developed a nanocrystalline cellulose (also known as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)) hydrogel formulation for application on surfaces to prevent bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.

 

 
Advantages

CNC is non-toxic and biocompatible. Data has shown […]

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2004, 2014

Dynamic Software for Calculating the Remaining Life of Industrial Furnaces

Description
The design life expectancy of industrial furnaces is often based on constant tube metal temperature and pressure. However, as the furnace ages, the catalysts deactivate and the pressure and burning patterns within the furnace tubes […]

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1804, 2014

Novel Method for Locating the Source of Voltage Sag

Description
Today`s electronics are smaller, faster and more sensitive to power disturbances than in the past. On numerous occasions, slight disturbances have caused computers to malfunction and entire industrial facilities to shutdown. Presently, there are several […]

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304, 2014

Stable Blue Light-Emitting Polymers

Description
Luminescent materials are used in display, lighting, photovoltaic, lasing, and sensing applications. In particular, luminescent organic materials are increasing in usage as much research and development enable them to be viable in everyday applications, albeit […]

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204, 2014

Microfluidic Spotting Device for Label-Free Microarrays

Description
Researchers from the University of Alberta and National Institute for Nanotechnology have created a microfluidic device capable of transporting solutions to desired spots on a gold-patterned substrate for biomolecule analysis. The detection of the molecules […]

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2403, 2014

Electrical Energization and Wireless Power Transmission

 
Description
The proliferation of electronic devices in our digital age has necessitated more convenient methods of power transmission. With varieties of devices such as cell phones, tablets, laptops and digital media players, each requiring a different […]

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2003, 2014

Droplet Deposition for Analytical Procedures

Description
Analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry oftentimes require the production of small sample droplets to be analyzed. Conventional methods and analytical tools for creating such droplets suffer from limitations. In particular, it can be difficult […]

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2003, 2014

Adhesives from Agricultural By-Products and Waste

Description
As a result of increased concerns over safety, environment and sustainability, protein-based adhesives have re-gained industry interest as an alternative to petroleum-based adhesives. A greater need now exists for modified protein adhesives that offer results […]

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1603, 2014

Improved Microwave Susceptor Design for Rapid and Controllable Heating

Description
Wafer bonding is widely used for packaging micro-fabricated devices such as microfluidic channels, microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) and optical micro mirrors to ensure a mechanically stable and hermetically sealed encapsulation. This procedure involves heating the wafer, […]

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1503, 2014

Aptamers for the Diagnosis of Virulent Strep A Infections

Description
 

The Limitation of Point of Care Strep A Test Kits
Streptococcus A (“Strep A” or GAS) infections are associated with scarlet fever, necrotizing fasciitis, and “strep throat”. There are many different strains of microorganism within the […]

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803, 2014

Myoelectric Training Tool

Description
Dr. Jason Carey and his team at the University of Alberta have developed software for training and evaluation of upper-limb amputees in advance of receiving myoelectric prosthesis. The training/evaluation tool can be used to aid […]

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203, 2014

Method to Enhance Oil Recovery from Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs

Description
As conventional sources of crude oil diminish, there is a need to exploit other fuel sources in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly way. One relatively-untapped source is heavy oil/bitumen from fractured carbonates, which contain more than 60% […]

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2002, 2014

Bioactive Peptides from Ovotransferrin

Description
Ovotransferrin, a glycoprotein found in raw egg whites, comprises approximately 13% of total egg white proteins. Bioactive peptides are specific fragments of proteins latent in ovotransferrin, but can be released through in vitro or in […]

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1502, 2014

Aptamers for the Detection of Hepatitis B

Description
Approx. 350 million people are chronically infected by hepatitis B virus (HBV), which is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinomas. Diagnostic tests for this virus are requried for two major purposes: the […]

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902, 2014

A Novel Receiver Structure for Time-Hopping UWB in Multiple Access Interference

Description
Ultra-wide bandwidth technology (UWB) is proving to be a promising solution for high capacity, wireless multiple access systems. Described as Bluetooth on steroids, UWB provides extremely high data rate performance in multiple user applications. It […]

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702, 2014

Rapid Organization of Block Copolymers

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As computer chip manufacturers aim to make faster electronics, they must make chip components increasingly smaller (or conversely, pack more components per unit area). However, making smaller chip components raises issues, such as consistency and […]

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202, 2014

Metallic Nanocomposite Films for NEMS Applications

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Most structural components in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) are synthesized from single crystal or polycrystalline silicon, carbide, nitride, or diamond films, with silicon being by far the most widely used. However, silicon has low fracture strength […]

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202, 2014

A New Experimental Technique in Measuring Contributions of Individual Components to Wear-Corrosion Synergism

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The damage to materials caused by corrosive wear is a complicated surface failure process that involves both the wear-accelerated corrosion and corrosion-accelerated mechanical failure. This synergistic attack that plagues many industrial facilities can cause severe […]

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202, 2014

Predictive marker for taxane responsiveness of cancer patients

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University of Alberta researchers have identified a predictive marker to screen patients that are being considered for taxane-based chemotherapy. Elevated levels of this protein marker correlate with increased breast cancer patient survival after adjuvant-taxane treatment. […]

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3001, 2014

Development of Oils with High Punicic Acid Content

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Pomegranate (Punica granatum) seed oil has been attracting increased interest since it was shown that its main component punicic acid may provide a novel alternative therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. It can […]

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2001, 2014

Automated, objective feature selection for chemometric modeling

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Modern analytical techniques, including gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), infra red spectroscopy (IR) and two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC), can provide an abundance of detailed data pertaining to the nature of complex samples. Chemometric models can then […]

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1701, 2014

What’s in the Box?™

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In an effort to determine how “engineering types” learn, over 120 students of a University of Alberta materials engineering class were surveyed, and the majority classified themselves as visual learners. Visual learners tend to organize […]

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1501, 2014

Real-Time Thermoacoustic Ultrasound Sensor

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Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a miniature thermoacoustic sensor capable of mesauring ultrasound intensity via direct coupling to a transducer. Designed to complement traditional ultrasound calibration equipment, such as radiation force balance […]

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1301, 2014

Thin Film for Improved Flat Panel Display Performance

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In many flat panel displays, each pixel is addressed by a voltage applied between two parallel electrodes, and depending on the type of display, one or both of the electrodes must be transparent to visible […]

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1201, 2014

Concha Electrode

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The measurement of both auditory brainstem response (ABR) and cochlear microphonic (CM) response is important in the assessment of hearing disorders. ABR represents the status of the neural components primarily at the brainstem level in […]

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201, 2014

Magnesium Thin Films for Hydrogen Storage

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With concerns about energy inefficiency and global warming from greenhouse gases, much research effort has been devoted to assessing magnesium hydride (MgH2) as a form of hydrogen storage for fuel cells due to its high […]

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