Our expertise

Hydrocarbon and salt impacted site remediation

Leader, Paolo Mussone

We work with site owners, technology providers, and engineering consulting firms to develop, scale up and validate technologies to remediate hydrocarbon and salt impacted sites. We specialize in in-situ and low-carbon emissions approaches and our team provides expertise in the areas of isolation, identification and quantification of contaminants in soil and groundwater samples; laboratory proof of concept; and support for field validation activities, including remote site monitoring.

Paolo Mussone works on a hydrocarbon impacted site.

Adding value to by-products and residual materials

Leader, Paolo Mussone

We work with companies in the resource sectors to enable the circular economy by identifying and validating new pathways to add value to residual materials and by-product streams that are presently handled as waste and landfilled. We do this by using specialized expertise in the areas of analytical chemistry and physical characterization, and chemical reaction engineering, with the goal to develop new applications for existing markets. Our projects involve companies in the energy, forestry, and renewable materials sectors.

Transforming fly ash samples to pellets that absorb hydrogen sulphide.

Developing methods for the identification and quantification of microplastics

Leader, Paolo Mussone

We are developing methods for the collection, separation, and physical and chemical characterization of microplastics in water and sedimentary samples in collaboration with two industry partners. Through these activities we will develop a baseline quantitative assessment of the microplastics in the North Saskatchewan River (NSR) within the boundaries of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region (EMR). This project addresses the critical absence of systematic data related to the occurrence of microplastics in the NSR within the EMR. Visit Plastics Research in Action for more information.

Sediment and water sampling on North Saskatchewan River for microplastics project.

Enhanced phytoremediation of oil sands tailings 

Leader, Victoria Collins

We work closely with oil sands operators to develop and optimize cost effective, plant-mediated tailings dewatering technology. In this project portfolio, we enrich microorganisms and design organic amendments to enhance plant growth on oil sands tailings with the objective of increasing the speed of reclamation in northern Alberta. Our team includes expertise in the fields of microbiology, chemistry, soil chemistry, plant sciences, and remediation, and includes collaborators from across Canada.

Plants used for phytoremediation in greenhouse.

Remediation of organic contaminants

Leader, Victoria Collins

We are developing novel methods of enhancing the biodegradation of existing and emerging contaminants by repurposing industrial waste products and harnessing natural processes for in-situ remediation. We do this by applying our interdisciplinary skill set and knowledge base to address the need for solutions to complex problems on an industrially impacted landscapes. This program serves industry in the fields of mining, oil and gas, the oil sands, and remediation technologies development.

Research scientist working in lab.