Research Spotlights

May 18, 2018

The smart membrane: a new weapon against oil pollution

oil polluted water

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a low-cost, reusable membrane that can be used to separate oil and water on demand and with near-perfect efficiency. The new technology may make processes such…

March 23, 2018

UBC technology transforms plant waste to clean fuel at an industrial scale

UBC gasifier

How do you extract value from plant waste and byproducts — the yard trimmings, wood chips, corn husks and countless other forms of plant material that homes and companies churn out every day?

One way is to heat them up…

December 19, 2017

Simple atomic adjustment boosts solar cell performance

solar cell


Replacing a single type of atom in a solar cell can increase its power output by 25 per cent, researchers at the University of British Columbia and the…

October 10, 2017

Transforming waste into energy using the power of microbes

Anaerobic digesters

Over the past century, humans have increasingly relied on complex communities of microbes — microscopic organisms like bacteria — to extract value and remove pollutants and pathogens from organic waste in wastewater treatment…

September 13, 2017

A better, cheaper bioink for biofabrication

Cell adhesion and proliferation in 2D cultures with GelMA hydrogels from different sources

A new bioink that may enable the more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of tissues and organs — and ultimately accelerate advances in regenerative medicine — has been synthesized by researchers at the University of British…