Lab of Applied Multiphase Process Engineering

Research Facility

Lab of Applied Multiphase Process Engineering
Dalhousie University
Nova Scotia (NS)

Our multi-disciplinary lab focuses on helping to solve applied processing challenges through engineering services and fundamental/research-based process development.  We are equiped with several unique characterization instruments and pilot-processing facilities for small-scale testing, and have experience working with the following industries:

Heavy oil upgrading - Simulation of process internal modification effects on reactor performance

Potash Processing - Implementation of static mixing technology to replace aging potash flotation reagent preparation vessels with in-line mixing technology. We have also developed and applied new on-line monitoring techniques using FT-NIR and solid-sampling techniques to accelerate QA.

Aquaculture - We have worked with NovaEel and the Aquatron in growth trials to model the generation, accumulation and removal of nutrients and additives during growth trials, providing information on scale-up implications and future effluent treatment requirements

Aquaponics - We have provided nutrient modeling analysis, engineering design services and process scale-up analysis of large-scale aquaponics facilities currently in construction within the province

Adsorbent/catalyst characterization - We have several on-going applications exploring adsorbents for applications ranging from Excimer lasers to batteries.  Our lab is equiped with a BET-pore size analyser capable of determining surface area and pore size distribution, and we collaborate with several groups in the university to enable solids-modification and characterization. We are also currently collaborating with CBU on the development of Oxidative Desulfurization catalysts.

Aginates - We are also engaged in alginate-based/ceramic structure production (3-D printing and bioproduction).

Our lab also specializes in CFD/experimental coupled studies, with several previous projects in this area and on-going collaborations.

  • Engineering - Chemical, Nuclear, Other
  • Agriculture, Animal Science and Food
  • Chemical Industries
  • Clean Technology
  • Energy (Renewable and Fossil)
  • Environmental Technologies and Related Services
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Mining, Minerals and Metals
  • Ocean Industries

Research Facility

Adam Donaldson
Associate Professor

Industry Liaison Officer

Margaret Palmeter

Equipment 5 piece(s)

BET Pore Size Analyzer

surface area measurement, pore size analysis



Small-scale CNC, capable of milling minifluidics, plastics, stainles steel, etc.

Plate sizes up to 6"x8" easily accomodated.


High-speed Camera

high-speed camera.  2000fps at full resolution (1 MP), up to 108000 fps at reduced resolution.  double-exposure and exposure control, as well as TTL-Timing enabled.


Antaris II

Used for NIR-based measurement methods.  equiped with transmission cell, fibre optics and powder/pill cell.  Extremely useful for QA assurance, and has been used previously to develop monitoring methods for neutralization of fatty acids in flotation applications, determination of anthracyanin content in berries, compositional analysis of organic mixtures, and moisture determination.  broad range of potential applications (beverage, fermentation, powders, etc.)


thermo fisher

6-cell UV-Vis, as well as fibre-coupled adapted to enable gas measurement. 


Date submitted: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 7:55 AM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 28, 2018 8:58 AM

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