“Before now, no one had a way of measuring how deep they’re welding with a laser without first destroying their work-- it just wasn't possible.”

– Dr. Paul Webster, on his Walmsley Award-winning laser depth tool

Success Stories

Unlocking the ‘black box’ of brain injury

KINARM™ robotic assessment system If you are a Canadian Olympic or varsity athlete, you may have been tested for concussion via the KINARM™, the patented robotic system developed at Queen’s for assessing brain injury. The only system of its kind in the world, the KINARM™ is being adopted by scientific researchers worldwide for its ability to measure, with unprecedented sensitivity and precision, the effects of brain injury on an individual’s ability to perform ordinary movements and tasks. Combining robotics, virtual reality and... Read more

Shedding new light on skin disorders

Levulan® PhotodynamicTherapy for actinic keratosis More than one million patients across North, South and Central America have been successfully treated with Levulan® Photodynamic Therapy, a non-invasive, topical light-based treatment for actinic keratosis, the red, scaly lesions caused by overexposure to the sun. Based on a light-sensitive, naturally occurring compound in the body and discovered by researchers at Queen’s University and Royal Military College, this treatment offers a faster, safer and more effective treatment for... Read more

Keeping wheelchair passsengers safe in transit

Q'Straint passenger safety solutions Elite athletes at the Beijing Paralympics are just some of the millions of wheelchair van passengers around the world who have reached their destinations safely, thanks to pioneering research at Queen’s into ‘seatbelts’ for wheelchairs and their occupants.  A unique, retractable, adjustable four-point system, developed in the 1980s by Prof. Henk Wevers and the Clinical Mechanics Group at Queen’s, was protected and licensed by PARTEQ to Q’Straint Systems Inc., which has become the world’s leading... Read more

Saving billions in water loss and infrastructure repairs

Pure Technologies pipeline inspection systems Millions of miles of municipal water pipelines across North America, Australia and the Middle East, among others, are functioning more reliably today because of the work of Queen’s physicist Dr. David Atherton. His patented electromagnetic system for inspecting prestressed concrete water pipes enabled utilities, for the first time, to reliably and accurately identify breaks or weaknesses in pipeline segments, leading to more efficient repairs and savings of up to $14 million per mile of... Read more

Improving patients' access to care

Novari™ IT solutions In Canada, patients’ wait times and their journeys through the health care continuum could be shorter and more successful because of a web-based waitlist and patient reporting system developed at Kingston General Hospital. Novari Health of Kingston was founded with PARTEQ’s assistance and their novel system was piloted at KGH. Physicians, surgeons and hospital staff now have a coordinated, paperless, on-line system for managing and reporting patient wait lists, surgical wait times and for remote booking.  Novari’... Read more

Innovations in scientific inquiry for students, teachers and industry

Qubit Sytems customized research and instrumentation systems For nearly 20 years, scientific research and teaching around the world has been enhanced because of Qubit Systems Inc., of Kingston.  The company was founded, with PARTEQ’s assistance, by Queen’s biologist Dr. David Layzell and his teaching and research associates, after seeing the need for durable, inexpensive laboratory equipment for students. The company now provides both standard and customized research and instrumentation systems for more than 500 educational and... Read more

Uncommonly strong metals

Nanovate™ electroplated materials What do aerospace parts, automotive components, and sporting goods have in common? All are being enhanced by nano-materials research pioneered at Queen’s University, where metallurgist Uwe Erb discovered a novel way to manipulate the grain size of nickel using electrodeposition, a widely used, low-cost metal processing technique. The resulting nanocrystalline material displayed highly enhanced properties, including superior resistance to wear, friction and corrosion, and increased strength and... Read more

A cheaper, greener way to hot water

Solar hot water heating technology | Solar energy and heat transfer  Research at Queen’s by a mechanical engineer with a passion for solar energy has not only led to a solar hot water system now in use across North America, but has also helped inform national and international test standards for solar heating and cooling. Dr. Stephen Harrison and his Solar Calorimetry Lab at Queen’s are today renowned for their world-leading work into developing a more reliable, efficient, cost-effective system for solar thermal hot water heating.... Read more