This category contains lab protocols for Western University's Free Appropriate Sustainable Technology (FAST) Research Group.


FAST templates[edit | edit source]

Purchasing[edit | edit source]

All electrical equipment used on campus must be certified for use in Ontario to minimize the risk of fire and/or personal harm while operating the equipment. When purchasing new equipment, ensure the equipment supplier is aware of the required approvals that are acceptable by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). There is a higher risk that equipment purchased from overseas countries will not have the correct certification. For example, the CE mark is a European certification not recognized in Canada.

ESA – Recognized Certification Markings:

Further information is available at:

Chemicals[edit | edit source]

  • Here is the information regarding the procedure and schedule of hazardous waste disposal.

FAST Guide to graduate program[edit | edit source]

PhD ECE[edit | edit source]

FUTURE STUDENTS[edit | edit source]

The following two links can be found on the UWO ECE Future Students page.

  1. Link to graduate degrees and specializations in ECE:
  2. Link to Application Procedure, Deadline, and Timeline:

CURRENT STUDENTS[edit | edit source]

The following sections describe important information for a PhD Student

Getting Started in ECE and Required Safety Training Modules: The following link describes what-do-to for new students:

Courses information:

  • The list of courses is updated before the start of the semester at the following link:
  • Note that you are required to take 8 courses before your comprehensive examination. You can apply for a waiver of up to 4 courses if you already hold a Master's Degree, and up to 2 courses if you are a direct-entry PhD student. Direct-Entry refers to applying for PhD right after your Bachelor's degree.
  • Recommendations from past students:
    • Take a maximum of 2 classes per semester to maintain study-research balance
    • Remember you have the choice of taking 0 classes during a semester if there is no class you are interested in
    • You have the option to audit a class if you need the knowledge but are not sure you want it on your transcript

Research Communication and Seminars:

  • Each student is required to take a research communication module, usually during the summer. Be on the lookout for an email from the department.
  • Each Phd student must present during two annual student research seminar, usually during the summer. Be on the lookout for an email from the department.

PhD Comprehensive Examination:

PhD MME[edit | edit source]


For future students, information related to application process, application documents, application information, useful links etc. can be accessed at


For current student, information related to program and policies, course enrollment, course schedule, course drop, course information, useful links etc. can be accessed at Summary of the same is given below:

Course Information

  • 8 courses (4 courses can be exempted from previous Master's degree subject to relevant approvals)
  • A maximum of two (2) courses is allowed to be taken outside the home program.  A graduate student who wishes to also enrol in a collaborative program (i.e. CMHR) must complete the collaborative program admission form and submit it to the MME graduate office.
  • Non-Engineering or Non-MME Engineering Degree: A student with a non-engineering or non-mechanical engineering background, may be required to take additional relevant courses, to provide fundamental understanding in order to complete his/her degree. These courses must be taken during the first term of registration

Program of Study Form - PhD

  • The Ph.D. program comprises of a thesis and a minimum of eight (8) courses.
  • Discuss with the suprvisor and finalize the research topic/title as well as the set of courses required.  It is expected the student enrol in  9600 or 9700 courses, and a maximum of two (2) courses only, to be taken outside the home program.
  • Request for course exemption (credit) must be made at this time. Courses being requested for credit exemption must be equivalent to an A- (based on the Western University scale). Official course outlines must accompany the request for credit exemption.
  • A maximum of four (4) graduate courses taken previously at another university, may be used as credit exemption to fulfill course requirements.  Official course outlines must accompany the request for exemption.
  • The completed Proposed Program of Study must be submitted by the end of the first term of registration.  Failure to submit by this time, may entail the denial of permission to register in further courses.

Course Enrollment and Deadlines

  • Enrolment deadline for the Winter, Summer and Fall terms is: January 15th, May 15th, September 15th, respectively.
  • Graduate Enrolment in a Graduate Course Outside Home Program: Permission required of the course instructor and home program, using the Request to Enrol in Graduate Course Outside Home Program form.
  • Student outside MME program, wishing to take an MME graduate course: Approval required from both the instructor and the graduate office, and meet all other criteria assigned by the instructor and/or the MME department. A graduate student must first obtain Instructor's signature and submit the signed form to the MME graduate office by the MME graduate course registration deadline for the term (4:00 p.m. January 15th, May 15th, or September 15th). Once approval is granted, it is the responsibility of the student to submit the form to his/her Home Program/Office of the Registrar so they may enrol the student in the course.  Failure to complete and/or submit the form in the manner outlined above, will result in automatic removal from the course.

Course Drop

Request to drop form is to be completed after obtaining the signature of the supervisor and Associate Chair (graduate) which is to be submitted tp MME office before the following deadline for each term: January 30th, May 30th, September 30th.

  • Course(s) dropped within one (1) month of the official beginning of the term will not appear on the academic record.
  • Course(s) dropped after the deadline date, but within eight (8) weeks of the beginning of the term stay on the academic record with the notation of "WDN" (withdrawn).
  • Course(s) dropped after eight (8) weeks from the beginning of term stay on the academic record and are recorded as "FAI" (failed).

PhD Comprehensive Exam

  • The comprehensive examination consists of two parts: proposal and oral examination. The procedure for the comprehensive exam is described as follows:
  • The comprehensive examination form must be submitted to the MME Graduate Office in the third (3rd) term of registration, and the exam must be taken before the end of the fourth (4th) term.
  • A written proposal of Ph.D. research is to be submitted to the MME Graduate Office, three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled comprehensive examination date.
  • Examiners will review the proposal and submit the assessment to the Graduate Office no later than one (1) week prior to the oral examination date.
  • The committee decision is made based on the average scores from the examiners and outcome is communicated to the individual (student).
  • If passed, the oral examination will proceeds. Else, the oral examination will be cancelled and the re-submission of the proposal is required.
  • The revised proposal must be resubmitted no earlier than three (3) weeks from the date of the assessment result of the proposal is conveyed to the student. The oral examination should be rescheduled to a date at least three (3) weeks after the proposal resubmission date.
  • For oral examination, a short presentation (15 minutes) is to be prepared which will be followed with queries by the committee members.
  • The committee decision on the oral examination is based on the average scores from the examiners. The results of the examination shall be stated as:
    • Passed without conditions, or
    • Passed with specific conditions to be satisfied for continued registration, or
    • Failed (with oral re-examination, required to withdraw, or recommended to transfer to MESc)
  • In case of failure of comprehensive examination, the individual may be required to withdraw, transfer to MESc program or may be allowed to attempt the oral examination again.  The re-examination may not take place before three (3) months, but must be completed by the end of the fourth (4th) month from the original oral examination.  

Committees[edit | edit source]

  • For the supervisory committee, there is a requirement of 3 members minimum. One is the supervisor and two other members. One of these members could be from another department, however, one must be from the same department (Mechanical & Materials Engineering). Supervisor chooses the two members of supervisory committee.
  • For Comprehensive Exam, there are 3 examiners. Supervisor can be one of them. They can also be the same members as the supervisory committee.
  • Members of the comprehensive exam can not become part of the examiners who conduct the last thesis defense. In last thesis defense, there are two internal examiners and one external examiner.
  • Annual check-ins are required in the form of progress report (submitted via path finder) and graduate seminar series presentation.
  • You can complete the PhD program early than 4 years – Joanna needs to be informed two months before the date when we intend to do the last thesis defense.

MESC ECE[edit | edit source]

Admission requirement and application process & deadlines:

Program requirement:

  • 4 graduate courses
  • Courses must be technical courses - professional development or non-technical courses would be considered outside the 4 course requirement.
    • Undergraduate courses can be taken as an audit with supervisory approval. Any undergraduate course taken would be above & beyond the degree requirement and would not be considered as credit towards the degree.
    • Students may request course credit exemption in accordance with the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Course Exemption Policy.
    • Students are permitted to take up to two (2) courses outside of our Department toward your degree requirements, with permission in advance of enrolling. Please note students will not be able to self-enroll in non-ECE courses, so they will need to complete request forms and submit them to graduate coordinator or to be enrolled.

Graduate Proposed Program of Study Form: This form is due during first term. This form is how student will communicate to the Department how and when they intend to meet the program requirements. It will also help student to plan their own program progression. The form will be reviewed by supervisor(s) and the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies.

Link to form in digital platform Kuali:

Offered courses for MESc:

Course enrollment deadline:

  1. Fall term:
    • September 1, 2022: Fall term officially begins.
    • September 15, 2022: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Fall term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online.
    • September 30, 2022: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Fall course.
    • September 30, 2022:Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course without it appearing on the transcript.
    • October 31, 2022: Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course and receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned.
  2. Winter term:
    • January 1, 2023: Winter term officially begins.
    • Janaury 15, 2023: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Winter term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online.
    • January 30, 2023: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Winter course.
    • January 30, 2023: Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course without it appearing on your transcript.
    • February 28, 2023: Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned.
  3. Summer term:
    • May 1, 2023: Summer term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.
    • May 15, 2023: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Summer term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online.
    • May 31, 2023: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Summer course.
    • May 31, 2023: Last Day to DROP a Summer graduate course without it appearing on the transcript.
    • June 30, 2023: Last Day to DROP a Summer graduate course receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned.


  1. Supervisory committee: A Supervisory Committee consists of at least one Supervisor and at least one Committee Member. Supervisor: This designation indicates that the faculty member(s) have primary responsibility for overseeing the Master’s or Doctoral thesis research program. Up to two Supervisors can participate in a Supervisory Committee. Committee Member: All supervisory committees must contain at least one Committee Member. Up to three Committee Members can participate in a Supervisory Committee. The committee Member: Must have any level of SGPS membership in any program (i.e. could have Teaching/Advisory Membership outside of student’s program). Once confirmed with committee, either you or your supervisor can send the members of your committee to ECE graduate coordinator by email and she will update your file.
  2. Thesis Examination Board
    1. Chair
    2. Two Program Examiners (One can be from the advisory committee)
    3. University Examiner (must not be from the candidate's or Supervisor's home Department)

Thesis guide:

General thesis regulations:

Thesis Examination request form:

MESc. Thesis Timeline:

Final Date for Program to Submit Examination Request to SGPS Final Date for Candidate to Submit Thesis for Examination Final Date for Thesis Examination Final Submission of the thesis Convocation Eligibility
November 18, 2022 November 25, 2022 December 16, 2022 final business day of term Award Degree in Absentia, February 2023
March 27, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 24, 2023 April 30, 2023 Eligible for Spring Convocation 2023
July 27, 2023 August 3, 2023 August 24, 2023 August 31, 2023 Eligible for Fall Convocation 2023

ECE M.E.Sc. to Ph.D. program transfer

Both the ECE Transfer Request and the SGPS Transfer Request Forms must be completed and submitted to the Department. These forms are located on the ECE Forms page.


  • In order to request a transfer to the PhD program an MESc student must submit the request prior to beginning their 4th term of enrolment.
  • An average of 85% across the courses taken during the MESc program is required to be eligible to transfer to the PhD program
  • MESc to PhD transfer students must take 8 graduate level courses to complete the degree requirements. A Maximum of 2 courses may be waived, with ECE Graduate Committee approval.
  • A formal request from your Supervisor that She/he is willing to support you for a PhD program and the additional 2 years of study

Accelerated MESc.: Students in 3rd year completing a summer research experience are eligible to apply for early graduate admission in their 4th year and take up to 2 graduate courses to substitute 2 4th year technical electives.


  • Students who work in the summer prior to beginning their 4th year of study through the summer research program in Engineering (NSERC USRA, Dean's Award or Summer Research Award) are eligible to apply.
  • Minimum 78% cumulative average based on 2nd and 3rd years of the undergraduate program.
  • Application deadline: August 1st prior to beginning 4th year of study

Program format:

Applicant must identify a supervisor during 3rd year, and begin his/her research project in supervisor's lab (typically through NSERC USRA or Dean' s Research Award) in the Summer before the beginning of 4th year. Applications are done through student center by creating a new graduate application.

During the 4th year of undergraduate program:

  • Take one graduate level course as a substitute for a 4th year technical elective.
  • Complete rest of the courses and other requirements for the BESc program.
  • May take (optional) one graduate course as an overload, to be counted as a credit in the graduate degree. Maintain a cumulative average of 78% based on 3rd and 4th years of the undergraduate program

Starting the MESc program in May (immediately after completing BESc degree):

  • Take two graduate courses (if took the overload graduate course in the 4th year)
  • Take three graduate courses (if no overload graduate course in the 4th year)
  • Complete research and thesis

Contact the program coordinator for ECE, Cherryl Fredette (, or the graduate department ( if you have any questions.

MESC MME[edit | edit source]

FUTURE STUDENTS - The Application Process and Requirements[edit | edit source]

Deadline to Apply:[edit | edit source]

  • Canadian Students:
    • Winter Term: November 1st
    • Summer Term: March 1st
    • Fall Term: July 1st
  • International Students
    • Winter Term: June 1st
    • Summer Term: October 1st
    • Fall Term: February 1st

Application and Acceptance Requirements:

  • 4 year honours Bachelors degree in Engineering from an accredited university
  • 78% minimum average assessed using the last two years of full-time study to be eligible for funding
  • The applicant must submit:
    • official digital transcript
    • two academic reference letters
    • CV/Resume
    • additional expectations for international students (e.g. English proficiency, residency, etc.) available here

CURRENT STUDENTS - Graduation Requirements[edit | edit source]

MME Graduate coordinator: Joanna Blom (

General Overview[edit | edit source]

  • full-time thesis based program over an anticipated 2 year (6 term) timeline
  • minimum of 78% must be achieve to maintain funding
  • minimum of 70% cumulative average to remain enrolled
  • passing grade of 60% in all classes
  • Fill banking information in MyHR to receive payment from funding package

Course Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • Must participate in the weekly Graduate Seminar Series (minimum of 75% attendance is required)
  • minimum of 4 courses required
    • students expected to enroll in 9600 or 9700 level courses
  • students must select a course from each of Category 1 (Methodology), Category 2 (Fundamentals), Category 3 (Advanced)
    • Complete course list can be found here and here
    • Courses offered each term vary based on availability. The updated yearly course schedule can be viewed here NOTE: class schedule associated with each course is ONLY available here and will not appear on student center
Important Dates and Submission Deadlines
Item Deadline
Training and Certifications Prior to the end of the first term of study
Proposed Program of study Prior to the end of the first term of study
Progress Review To be completed annually under the organization of the student with supervisor and committee. Results must be submitted to MME graduate office
  • Winter Term: January 15th
  • Summer Term: May 15th
  • Fall Term: September 15th
Term Start Dates
  • Winter Term: January 1st
  • Summer Term: May 1st
  • Fall Term: September 1st
Drop Deadline (To not appear on academic record)
  • Winter Term: January 30th
  • Summer Term: May 30th
  • Fall Term: September 30th
Drop Date (Withdrawn on academic record) dropped after the deadline, but within 8 weeks of the beginning of the term. Any dropped classes exceeding this window will be recorded as failed.
Course audit, undergraduate course, graduate course outside program Declare with program form and supervisor's signature intention and course prior to the enrollment deadline

Additional Information on above submission items:

  • Complete the following training and email certificates to the graduate office
    • 1) Worker Health and Safety Awareness, 2) Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste Management, 3) WHMIS, 4) Workplace Hazard Communication Form, 5) Safe Campus Community, 6) AODA Training, 7) Gender Based Sexual Violence, 8) Cyber Security, 9) Anti-Racism
    • Health and safety Form signed by supervisor
  • Proposed Program of Study
    • login to the KUALI website hereand fill out application form
    • any changes must be updated to proposed program and resubmitted for review with supervisor. Any courses taken outside of this document will be removed from the academic record
    • A supervisor committee of at least 2 members (additional professors) must be selected and included on the form

Thesis Information[edit | edit source]

All thesis information can be found at the Thesis Guide Webpage for Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

  • revisions and final thesis submission are due 6 weeks after a successful thesis examination
  • see the Master's Candidate timeline page to review official dates for examination requests, thesis submission, revision submission, and convocation eligibility.

Additional Important Information[edit | edit source]

Program Forms

  • All request for course auditing, exemptions, courses outside of him program, etc. can be accessed here.

Converting from MSC to PhD[edit | edit source]

4+1 MSC[edit | edit source]

FAST recommended courses[edit | edit source]

Research based courses[edit | edit source]

Data Analysis / AI / Computer Vision[edit | edit source]

  1. Data Analytics Foundations ECE9603/9063 - help understand the basics of machine learning.
  2. Machine Learning ECE 9039 - helpful for students interested in the field.
  3. Advanced Data Analysis SS 4850G/SS 9850 from statistical sciences.

Energy and Solar Photovoltaics[edit | edit source]

  1. ECE 9013 - Programming for Engineers
  2. ECE 9054 - Optimization Techniques
  3. ECE 9048/9408 - Modelling Power Systems - help in modeling power generation systems with MATLAB & PSCAD
  4. ECE 9407 - Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems
  5. ECE 9042 - Power Systems Protection
  6. ECE 9403 - High Frequency Power Converters
  7. MME 9617 - Energy Conversion

3D printing[edit | edit source]

Resilient Food[edit | edit source]

Heating & Cooling Loads[edit | edit source]

MME 9516a/b - HVAC I - course outline

Materials & Metallurgy[edit | edit source]

MME 9602a/b - Engineering Materials - course outline

MME 9722a/b - Energy Materials and Systems - course outline

Design and Technology[edit | edit source]

MME 9526a/b - Advanced CAE: Manufacturing Technologies

  • Topics relating to subtractive and additive manufacturing. Principally CNC use, G-code, machining practices

MME 9527a/b - Advanced CAE: Reverse Engineering

  • SolidWorks certification surfaces and additive manufacturing. Improved SolidWorks practices. 3D laser scanning.

MME 9520a/b - Robotics and Manufacturing Automation

  • Lab work relating to PLC programming, robot programming, DFM and DFA, part design for automation and cell design/logic.

CS capstone/research[edit | edit source]

Laura K. Reid

  1. Thesis project in the fourth year undergraduate thesis course (i.e CS4490Z and CS4460Z). The focus here is on research and novelty, advancing the body of knowledge in the target field. The development of software plays a supporting role to show that novel ideas can be operationalized. One CS student per project.
  2. Third-year software-intensive project (i.e. CS3380Z): This is a supervised study involving a research paper, or the design and development of a software system. Novelty in system development is encouraged as is experience with software development. One student per project.
  3. Capstone project (i.e. CS4470Y) – A sizable, software-intensive, system development project of practical importance, involving a team of typically 3-4 fourth year students. Opportunities abound in and around the university, our city, etc., to create software-intensive systems to simplify manual processes and tasks in all aspects of human endeavour. Three to four students per project.

Useful software[edit | edit source]

Software to install[edit | edit source]

  • OpenSCAD
  • FreeCAD
  • Blender
  • Stablediffusion
  • ControlNet
  • OpenPose
  • Meshlab
  • Meshroom
  • Inkscape
  • Gimp
  • Krita
  • Python
  • Arduino IDE
  • SAM (solar advisor model) from NREL
  • Lulzbot Cura
  • PrusaSlicer
  • Kdenlive
  • Audacity
  • Libre Office
  • Firefox
  • Dia
  • Zotero

Open-Source Software (OSS) Development[edit | edit source]

FAST Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Space[edit | edit source]

The Pearce group has been allotted a lab and outdoor testing facilities of Western Innovation for Renewable Energy (WIRED) at ICFAR.

  • The optimal tilt angle for PV in London Ontario is 34°

Meteorological data[edit | edit source]

  • The following meteorological data can be freely downloaded from the NSRDB database:

Temperature, Clearsky diffuse horizontal irradiance (DHI), Clearsky direct normal irradiance (DNI), Clearsky global horizontal irradiance  (GHI), Cloud Type, Dew Point, DHI, DNI, Fill Flag, GHI, Ozone, Relative Humidity, Solar Zenith Angle, Surface Albedo, Pressure, Precipitable Water, Wind Direction, Wind Speed.

  • Solar data

Solar irradiation data (GHI, DNI, DHI) can be accessed from the NSRDB database. For this purpose, select the target location and from the menu select GHI, DNI, and DHI. You will download all the data in .csv format.

Local electric data[edit | edit source]

Western Manufacturing Capabilities[edit | edit source]

Western Characterization[edit | edit source]

*	 Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
*	 Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
*	 Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)
*	 Contact Angle
*	 Corrosion and Electrochemistry
*	 Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
*        Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)
*	 Dynamic SIMS (D-SIMS)
*	 Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
*	 Laser Raman Spectroscopy
*	 Microhardness Testing
*	 Optical Microscopy
*	 Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM/EDX)
*	 Sample Preparation and Processing Facilities
*	 Surface Profilometry
*	 Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
*	 Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS)
*	 Weathering Chambers
*	 X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
*	 X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
*	 X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (Micro-CT)
*        Zeta Potential Measurement
*	 Partner Facilities
*	 Training and Courses

Physics[edit | edit source]

As far as photovoltaic device testing is concerned, we have the following

  • AM1.5 solar simulator (also in conjunction with measurements at variable temperature, 20-300K if required)
  • External Quantum Efficiency (EQE)
  • Photocarrier mobility measurements by Time of Flight (ToF) and Charge Extraction by Linearly Increasing Voltage (p-CELIV)
  • Defect characterization (Electron Spin Resonance) under irradiation

As far as solar energy material testing is concerned, we have

  • Atomic force microscopy (AFM): morphology
  • Kelvin probe microscopy (KPFM): work function, electron energy levels
  • Scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM): super-resolution luminescence and photoconductivity imaging (various excitations, I.e. 633, 532 and 405 nm)
  • Photoluminescence spectroscopy (405 nm excitation normally, other possible)
  • Photothermal deflection spectroscopy (heat evacuation, thermal conductivity in thin-film solar cell materials)
  • UV-Vis spectrometry (transmission, reflection, optical band gap)
  • Electrical transport measurements at low temperature (20-300K)
  • Auger electron spectroscopy (AES): surface/subsurface elemental composition
  • Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) at variable temperature (20-300K): morphology, electrical properties

On order:

  • both an IQE setup (with variable stage temperature and bias light intensity),
  • environmental chamber (for temperature and humidity cycling).

Fanshawe[edit | edit source]

  • Atonometrics Solar Simulator

Contains 52 – 400 watt metal halide bulbs (full visible light spectrum bulbs) Maximum light output 1200 W/m 2 Two test planes 2.3 m X 1.3 m each Does not perform UVA, UVB

  • CEAST (Instron) 9350 Impact Test System /Thermal Chamber

Maximum energy transfer 1800 J Maximum speed 24 m/s Variable mass with the addition of mass plates Max chamber temp +150 C, Min temp -70 C Tensile Impact, puncture, izod, charpy

  • Instron 5982 Tensile and Compression with Thermal Chamber

Maximum tensile strength 100 kN, Maximum compression strength 50 kN Maximum chamber temp o without grips +600 C, with grips +315 C Minimum chamber temp o without grips -150 C, with grips -73 C

  • Tenney Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 762 mm X 813 mm X 914 mm Temp range -73 C to +200 C Humidity range 20% to 95%

  • RHCSZ Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 1372 mm X 1372 mm X 914 mm Temp range -70 C to +180 C Humidity range 5% to 95% RH Stand alone or interfaces with shaker

  • Cantrol Walk-in Environmental Chamber

Internal dimensions 3.66 m X 3.66 m X 2.44 m (12' x 12' x 8') Temp range -35 C to +85 C Humidity range 20% to 95% RH Floor capacity of 454 kg (1000 lbs)

  • Ascott Cyclic Salt Corrosion Chamber

Capacity of 2000 L (70.6 ft 3) Weight capacity of 200 kg Temp control +20 C to +70 C Humidity control 50% to 100% RH 4 atomizing spray nozzles, 4 spray down nozzles 2 X 100 L brine reservoirs, 1 X 150 L brine reservoir

  • Singleton Corrosion Chamber

Capacity of 264 L (9.3 ft 3) Weight capacity of 50 kg Temp control ambient to +60 C Primarily use for ASTM B117 and MIL-STD-810H 509.7

  • Data Physics Electrodynamic Shaker

Capacity 454 kg (1000 lbs) 3 axis (X, Y, Z) Sine sweep & dwell, random, classic shock, SRS Multimodal: Sine on random, random on random Raymond EMC Chamber 3 meter chamber Radiated emissions 10 Hz to 18 GHz Conducted emissions 10 Hz to 500 MHz Radiated immunity 80 MHz to 6 GHz @ 10 V/m ESD up to 25 kV

  • Eckel Anechoic Acoustic Chamber

Dimensions 9.14 m X 7.62 m X 4.27 m (30' X 25' X 14') Floor Capacity of 21 tons Background noise level 14 – 20 dB, 100 Hz cut-off Vehicle exhaust extraction system

  • De-Ionized Water Treatment System

Produces water with < 5 microsiemens conductivity Provides water for all chambers humidity Provides water for corrosion test systems

  • Spectrometer 200-1036nm

Biotron[edit | edit source]

  • Plant growth performance: yield, photosynthesis, chlorophyll content, total biomass production, root/leaf/shoot growth, germination, seedling vigor, germination rate
  • Crop nutritional quality: Minerals, vitamins, dietary fatty acids, amino acids, antioxidants, phenolics, total protein, sugars/carbohydrates, total fats/lipids
  • Bioactive/functional or phytomedicinal composition: Flavonoids, phenolic acids, essential amino acids, antioxidants, antioxidant minerals, trace and essential minerals, functional lipids (omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, medium chain triglycerides, terpenes, galactolipids, FAFA, plasmalogens, etc)
  • Soil health/Plant growth media health : active microbial community composition, micro niche, physiological status of media in response to ag inputs, metabolic response, greenhouse gas emission
  • Sensory analysis of crop/food: consumer preference, overall liking, oganoleptic quality driving consumer preference (color, aroma, texture, taste, appearance, size, flavor, purchase propensity, consumer preference for packaging etc.)
  • Organoleptic quality of food/crop/fruits: acidity, pH, water activity, texture, total solible solids/Brix, viscosity, sugar content
  • Food metabolomics: nutritional profile, contaminants e.g. heavy metals, allergens, bioactive compounds, biosensors, biomaterial/biopolymers, lipids... here do a comprehensive screen of the food composition or biomass; use the information obtained to guide innovation/applications or end use.
  • Develop green methods for food analysis/food innovation
  • Applications of food metabolomics as a decision support tool to resolve issues with nutrient/food security/ develop resilient food systems in boreal climate, tropics, rural, remote, coastal and indigenous community
  • Lipid Bioinformatics:
    • Lipid imaging/lipidomics: develop novel or new methods to assess biological samples/biomaterials
    • Conduct comprehensive test of the lipidome (all the lipids in a biological samples) and determine end use, applications.
    • Lipid metabolism in assessing agriculture/food production under different climatic conditions/crop management systems/response to agriculture input/biotic or abiotic stressors.
    • Lipid metabolism in functional and Nootropic foods ( brain health foods) innovation
    • Lipid metabolism in Plant immunity
    • Lipid metabolism in brain health assessment/validate functional foods, ingredients/phytonutrients/phytomedicine in improving brain health using cell or animal models of human disease

Outreach after Publication[edit | edit source]

OS Videos[edit | edit source]

Research Data Repository Approaches[edit | edit source]


Open Educational Resources[edit | edit source]

3DP supplies Canada[edit | edit source]

Travel[edit | edit source]

  • reimbursement after login,
    • transport auto km allowance
    • transport other tolls
    • accom - other
    • meal all day
  1. Zeta and Raman.pdf


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