Sadaf defends her thesis!

By Kevin Golovin | February 28, 2024

Sadaf has successfully defended her PhD thesis! After a long five years she’s produced an absolutely outstanding body of work that will lead to the design on non-fluorinated finishes for fabrics in the coming years. Textile scientists take note. Congratulations Dr. Shabanian!!

Lisa and Parnian graduate!

By Kevin Golovin | November 13, 2023

A huge congratulations to now DREAM alumni Parnian and Lisa, after successfully graduating from the MEng program at U of T. We wish you all the best in your future careers!

New DREAM Publication!

By Kevin Golovin | November 1, 2023

Sadaf’s latest work on perfluoropolyether-based (PFPE) fabric finishes has now been published! She’s found that PFPE can offer the same performance as the banned, long-chain PFAS but with substantially less harmful degradation products. And the finish is very durable, so degradation is going to take quite some time! Excellent work Sadaf and co-authors! Check out… Read more »

New ice paper published

By Kevin Golovin | August 10, 2023

Our work understanding different materials’ interfacial toughness with ice continues. Turns out extremely durable, erosion resistant materials like tungsten carbide, silicon carbide, and alumina are not too bad in terms of their toughness with ice! Excellent work Qimeng getting to the bottom of this. Check out the full publication: Erosion-resistant materials demonstrate low interfacial toughness… Read more »

Water and energy harvesting paper published

By Kevin Golovin | August 8, 2023

Our collaborative work with Ning Yan’s group in Chemical Engineering has now been published. Excellent work former DREAM Team member Araz Rajabi, and current superstar Mohammad Soltani! Imagine harvesting wasted energy and water from greenhouses using wettability patterning and some clever surface design. Well, you don’t actually need to imagine, just read Nature-inspired surface for… Read more »

Superoleophobic fabric paper published

By Kevin Golovin | July 14, 2023

Majid and Sudip’s work on developing durable, comfortable, superoleophobic fabrics without the use of short- or long-chain PFAS (those “forever” chemicals) has now been published! Excellent work team. Check out Durable and comfortable superoleophobic fabrics utilizing ultra-short-chain fluorinated surface chemistry

Two new publications

By Kevin Golovin | July 6, 2023

The DREAM Lab has two new publications out today. Kamran’s work on skin-inspired ice-phobic surfaces has been published in Advanced Functional Materials. He’s developed a metallic system that can repel ice, survive impact, and even keep its temperature substantially warmer than the ambient. Check out Skin-Inspired Nanofluid-Filled Surfaces with Tunable Icephobic, Photothermal, and Energy Absorption… Read more »

Sonia defends her thesis!!

By Kevin Golovin | June 30, 2023

Congratulations Sonia on successfully defending your PhD thesis! The committee was torn between requiring no changes, or very minor ones. Quite a good predicament to be in! We look forward to seeing all the wonderful research that Dr. Azimi will do in the future 🙂

Weiming join’s the DREAM Lab

By Kevin Golovin | June 22, 2023

We are pleased to welcome Weiming Li as the latest member of the DREAM Lab. Weiming joins us having recently completed his MEng here at the University of Toronto. Welcome Weiming!

Dr. Golovin wins SGS Supervisor Award!

By Kevin Golovin | June 1, 2023

Professor Golovin has been awarded the SGS Early Career Supervision Award! From SGS: “The award, given annually by the School of Graduate Studies, aims to recognize pre-tenure faculty at the University who have, within the first 6 years of their graduate faculty appointment, demonstrated excellence in graduate supervision. Two awards are offered every year: one… Read more »