Research at the BioEnergy and Environmentally-Friendly Chemical Processing Laboratory at The University of Saskatchewan focuses on physical and chemical processes aimed at enhancing the quality of biochars as well as general characterisation.
The laboratory is equipped with various characterisation equipments and has considerable expertise in using the characterisation techniques such as BET, TPR, TEM, XRD, XPS, UV, SEM, FTIR, NMR, DSC and TPD. Studies will be performed to determine the activation and kinetic parameters. Modification of surface functional groups, such as oxygen and nitrogen, will be performed for activated carbons, to improve their adsorptive properties. The development of high surface area and pore sizes are crucial for biochar applications as carrier of additional nitrogen, phosphorous and oxygen to be effective fertilisers.