Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre (BPRC)

Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario
What the facility does

Collaborates with industrial partners to support the development of bio focused technologies and processes

Area(s) of Expertise

As a Technology Access Centre (TAC), the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre (BPRC) collaborates with industrial partners to support the development of new and optimization of existing bio focused technologies and processes. The BPRC provides access to expertise and state of the art facilities to conduct technical services, applied research and customized training for biotechnology companies in support of building the Canadian bioeconomy.

Located at Lambton College's Centre of Excellence for Energy and Bioindustrial Technologies, the BPRC has over $5M in infrastructure located in a Fermentation Lab, Bio Analytical Lab, Material Testing Lab and Material Processing Lab. In addition, the BPRC provides pilot plant space as well as access to experienced research leads, researcher associates, research assistants and research students.

Research Services
  • Fermentation and Distillation
  • Biofuels, Biochemicals and Biomaterials
  • Pharmaceutical and Natural Health Products
  • Instrumentation and Process Control
  • Cultivation, Extraction and Chemical Analysis
Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized lab

Equipment

Function 

Fermentation Lab

Small to large (40 L) fermentation reactors with online LC-MS and FTIR

  • LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer)
  • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy)

Fermentation Lab

Post fermentation processing separation unit

 

Fermentation Lab

Biofuel Process Test Platform

 

Fermentation Lab

Biochemical Crystallization Test Platform

 

Fermentation Lab

Distillation equipment

 

Bio Analytical Lab

  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography – Time of Flight (HPLC-TOF)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography – Refractive Index Detectors/Diode Array Detector  (HPLC-RID/DAD)
  • Ultra-Performance Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS)
  • Gel Permeation Chromatography – Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC)
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
  • Gas Chromatography – Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID)
  • Ion Chromatography (Dionex™ IC)

Chromatography

 

Bio Analytical Lab

  • Elemental Analyzer CNHS/O
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)
  • Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (MP-AES)
  • Ultra-Violet Visible, Near Infrared Radiation (UV/Vis/NIR)
  • Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

 

Material Testing Lab

  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA)
  • Ash Fusion Oven

Thermal

Material Testing Lab

  • IZOD Impact Tester
  • Tensile Analyzer
  • Elongations Analyzer
  • Particle Size Analyzer
  • Hydraulic Press

Mechanical

Material Testing Lab

  • Rheological Dynamic Analyzer
  • Anton Parr Viscometer
  • Brookfield Viscometer

Rheology

Material Testing Lab

  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM-EDX)
  • Digital and Optical Microscopes

Microscopy

Material Processing Lab

  • Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM-EDX)
  • Digital and Optical Microscopes

Microscopy

Material Processing Lab

Twin and Single Screw Extruders

Extrusion

Material Processing Lab

  • Xplore Micro Compounder
  • Milling Unit

Compounding

Material Processing Lab

  • Kawaguchi KM 50 Injection Moulding Machine
  • Xplore Injection Moulder

Injection Moulding

Title

URL

Lambton College BPRC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxcEAMEupAg

Researcher at BPRC – Samantha Tagliabracci

https://bit.ly/31QWT2P