UPDATE: Research park hosts Research Bridges competition Friday

UWO Research Park on Modeland Rd. in Sarnia. (BlackburnNews.com photo by Melanie Irwin)

The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park hosted the ninth annual Research Bridges competition on Friday.

There were 26 students from Western University’s Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department taking part.

Park Executive Director Katherine Albion said they had three minutes to present their research to non-specialist judges.

She said students were tasked with doing their presentations with only one slide.

There were two sessions this year.

“One is focused on chemical, biochemical, and bio-materials engineering, and our second session is on green and environmental engineering,” said Albion. So, we’ve got some modelling projects, nanomaterials, green engineering, bio-medical applications, along with source water protection and wastewater treatment projects.”

Awards were presented to:

  • Chemical, Biochemical and Biomaterials Engineering
  • First Prize: Single bubble dynamics in a dense phase fluidized bed gasification environment in
    presence of biomass pellets by Nicolas Torres Brauer
  • Second Prize: CFD Simulation of bubble column hydrodynamics in the presence of internals by
    Glen Dsouza
  • Green and Environmental Engineering
  • First Prize: Production of bio-based polymers for water retention materials in soil using
    lignocellulosic biomass by Rosa Arredondo
  • Second Prize: Efficient extraction of lipid from microalgae using ionic liquids by Yujie Zhang