What’s new

Dr. Furtak joins the DREAM Lab

March 17, 2023

The DREAM Lab is pleased to welcome Dr. Nicole Furtak. Nicole received her PhD from the University of Alberta, and will be innovating the next generation of rain jackets with partner Lululemon athletica. Welcome Nicole!  

Microfibre paper featured in Nature Reviews Chemistry

February 27, 2023

Sudip and Sonia’s microfibre paper was recently highlighted in Nature Reviews Chemistry. Check it out here!

Nature highlight!

February 7, 2023

Our recent work preventing the release of microfibres from synthetic textiles has been highlighted in Nature. Great work Sudip and Sonia! Nature Highlight.

Microfibre research featured in the news

February 2, 2023

The DREAM Lab’s work on preventing microplastics from fabric laundering is getting media attention! Check out an interview with the DREAM Lab by the Fast Company Link here Here’s an article posted by Just Style: Link. The release from the University of Toronto can also be found here.    

Microfibre paper published!

January 26, 2023

Microplastic fibres shed from textiles are one of the main sources of plastic pollution in our water. Dr. Lahiri had the brilliant idea of preventing the problem entirely, using our polydimethylsiloxane brush coatings. Microfibres are released due to fibre/fibre friction, and he and Sonia have developed a robust, low-friction fabric finish that reduces the amount… Read more »

New funding from the Climate Positive Energy Commercialization Grant

October 20, 2022

The DREAM Lab is pleased to announce its smart de-icing coatings have been funded by the a Climate Positive Energy Commercialization Grant, towards the commercialization of the technology on all Canadian wind turbines. Over the next 24 months we’ll be designing and building an actual wind turbine and evaluating it in the harsh Canadian winters…. Read more »

Kamran defends his thesis

September 26, 2022

Congratulations Kamran for successfully defending your thesis on BEAMS. It’s been an excellent and productive four years, and I’m excited to see what your future holds for you 🙂 Very well done Dr. Alasvand!

Three new DREAM Lab members

September 26, 2022

The DREAM lab is pleased to announce three new members – Mehdi, Adel, and Tao. Our three latest members will be working on exciting topics including triboelectric nano generators, next-generation catalysis, and liquid-repellent coatings for everyday life. Welcome to the DREAM Team!  

Editor’s Highlight

September 22, 2022

Sonia’s work on smart LIT materials has been selected by the Editor of Nature Communications as one of the top 50 highlights of 2022. Once again, excellent work Sonia! https://www.nature.com/collections/eecgdgijhh  Publication: Smart low interfacial toughness coatings for on-demand de-icing without melting  

LIT µWave Paper Published!

August 31, 2022

What started as a small project for Defence has now become an excellent study published in Nature Communications. Zahra (Sonia) and co-authors show that the interfacial toughness of ice with polyethylene (UHMW-PE) is temperature dependent. By teaming up with the OMEGA Lab at UBC, we embedded heaters and ice sensors into the polyethylene to make… Read more »