With the University of Toronto Electric Vehicle (UTEV) Research Centre and Professor Olivier Trescases (ECE), we are jointly running a multidisciplinary research program focused on disruptive EV battery and charging technology. We have designed, prototyped and tested advanced EV battery packs and on-board power electronics, including their electrical and thermal management systems. We have outfitted a road-ready concept vehicle with these systems.
With Havelaar Canada and UTEV, we have engaged in a large multidisciplinary NSERC Collaborative Research and Development project on “Electro-thermal management and charging of next-gen automotive batteries with a seamless transition to second-life stationary applications.” We have jointly developed innovative thermal management systems for liquid-cooled EV battery modules with parallel cooling architecture.
With Covestro, a world leader in polymer solutions, we are developing breakthrough packaging and thermal management technologies for cylindrical lithium-ion batteries using Covestro’s thermoplastic materials.
With eCAMION, a leading energy storage company in Toronto, we have jointly developed the thermal management system of eCAMION’s modular EV Fast Charging (EVFC) stations, the world’s first EVFC application with integrated batteries to alleviate the peak power demand from the grid. eCAMION is developing and deploying these EVFC stations across the Trans-Canada Highway in Ontario and Manitoba.
With Electrovaya, Canada’s leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer, we have joined efforts on electro-thermal characterization of Electrovaya’s batteries, allowing us to implement a holistic approach to battery pack design and optimization based on an intimate knowledge of all aspects of their lithium-ion battery technology.
With Professor Gisele Azimi’s Laboratory for Strategic Materials, we are developing an innovative modelling-experimental framework for material discovery combining thermo-electrochemical hierarchical modelling of batteries with state-of-the-art material synthesis processes and characterization techniques. This multidisciplinary collaboration is investigating earth-abundant materials as candidates for next-gen batteries.
With Professor Sanjeev Chandra’s Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT) and UTEV, we are developing GaN-based power inverter systems for bidirectional on-board EV chargers, enabled by innovative thermal management approaches, including a transformative approach for metal spray deposition of heat sinks.
With Doctor Van Arsdell, Chief of Congenital Cardiovascular Surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, we are using patient data and computational models to develop a surgical planning tool to improve long-term outcomes in patients with tetralogy of Fallot, the most common cyanotic, congenital heart defect. Doctor Arsdell was the former Head of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at SickKids Hospital
With the University Health Network, we are collaborating with Doctors Thomas Forbes, Jennifer Chung, Tom Waddell, Golnaz Karoubi, and Siba Haykal.
With Doctor Thomas Forbes, Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto, we are developing computational models of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) surgical procedures and Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Repair (FEVAR) hemodynamics.
With Doctor Jennifer Chung, we are investigating the interaction between stent grafts and the aorta during and after deployment of stent grafts, combining computational fluid dynamics, solid mechanic experiments, and 4D-MRI data from thoracic aortic aneurysm open repair surgery patients.
With Doctors Tom Waddell, Golnaz Karoubi, and Siba Haykal at the Latner Thoracic Research Lab, we are conducting research on decellularization and recellularization of tracheal grafts for transplantation. This project contributes to the Lung by Design program led by Shaf Keshavjee, UHN Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program.
With Professor Maria Jacome from Civil Engineering Technology at Humber College, we are developing a novel, low-cost, and time-effective methodology to monitor the transport and accumulation of pollutants in aquifers close to contaminated sites. The methodology combines results from geoelectrical surveys (i.e., conductivity tomographic images) with methane surface emissions using optimization and statistical tools.
With DGI Geoscience, a Canadian Company leader in borehole logging, processing and interpretation, we have engaged in an NSERC Collaborative Research Project on “Numerical Modeling of Fluids and Gas Migration in a Sanitary Landfill in Simcoe County, combining Geophysical and Gas Emission Data”.