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BEAMS makes the Inside Cover Photo!

January 11, 2022

The awesome image put together by Cory, Behrooz, and Kamran has been selected as the Inside Cover Photo for this issue of Advanced Materials Interfaces. Super cool guys! https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/admi.202270002

BEAMS is finally published!!

November 29, 2021

After what feels like forever, our work developing ice-phobic surface comprised entirely of flat metals has finally been published! And a Cover Photo too 🙂 Super amazing work Kamran and co-authors! These Buckling Elastomer-like Anti-icing Metallic Surfaces (BEAMS) represent the next generation of ice-phobic surfaces as they offer the same ultra-low ice adhesion strength as… Read more »

Single droplet viscometer work published!

October 27, 2021

Knowing the viscosity of a liquid is critical in many areas of engineering, but often you’re working with a tiny amount of fluid and don’t want to waste several mL for rheology measurements. Well, now you don’t have to! Behrooz has developed a surface that can be used to measure the viscosity of a droplet… Read more »

COMFORTS publication: more effective ballistic protection

October 21, 2021

In an excellent demonstration of marrying pure fundamental work with applied engineering, our latest work has been published on “Influence of Topical Cross-Linking on Mechanical and Ballistic Performance of a Woven Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Fabric Used in Soft Body Armor”. From synthetic chemistry all the way to ballistic testing, several researchers from the COMFORTS Micro-net have… Read more »

Mohammad’s lossless channel work published!

October 5, 2021

Mohammad’s work on passive, lossless transportation of low surface tension liquids droplets has been published in Advanced Functional Materials. Excellent work Mohammad! In this paper we report how to translate low surface tension liquids long distances without losing any fluid during transportation. Oh, and without any external energy input: completely passive! Complex microfluidic tasks may… Read more »

Reeghan successfully defends here MASc thesis!

September 15, 2021

Big congratulations to Reeghan for successfully defending her MASc thesis work on the 13th. The committee was impressed by the multidisciplinary project and how well Reeghan dove into several fields in order to explore the plastination of natural fibre composites. Reeghan is now headed off to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) in Chalk River, ON, where… Read more »

PDMS Brush Paper Published!

August 2, 2021

After a healthy round of review, our work uncovering what it truly means to be “liquidlike” has finally been published in ACS Nano! Excellent work by all and especially Dr. Zhao. For decades researchers have thrown around terms such as “pseudoslippery”, “quasi-liquid”, and “liquid-like” to attempt to describe liquid molecules covalently tethered to solid surfaces…. Read more »

New paper: durable LIT coatings based on quasicrystals!

July 22, 2021

What’s an excellent combination when it comes to reducing interfacial toughness with ice? Materials that are very hard, very thin, and hydrophobic. That’s a difficult ask, considering all the polymers typically used for their hydrophobicity are quite soft, at least compared to metals and ceramics. But there’s a strange class of materials so interesting that… Read more »

Safer PPE

July 18, 2021

Our latest study, again in collaboration with Dr. Zarifi’s OMEGA Laboratory at UBC, has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Why not combine radar, superhydrophobic textiles, and smart engineering to protect from hazardous water-based threats? Check out Smart Superhydrophobic Textiles Utilizing a Long-Range Antenna Sensor for Hazardous Aqueous Droplet Detection plus Prevention  

Sadaf wins the Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos Memorial Award in Engineering Leadership!

May 28, 2021

Sadaf has been awarded the Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos Memorial Award in Engineering Leadership! This award recognizes “a student who has demonstrated excellence in both academics and leadership“. I could not think of a more deserving recipient. Congratulations Sadaf!