Research Spotlights


November 20, 2018

Catching the Silent Killer

High blood pressure — often called a “silent killer” because it rarely produces symptoms — can be accurately diagnosed by examining two commonly recorded biosignals, research from the University of British Columbia and the…


September 4, 2018

Enhancing porous materials with plasma

For a membrane-based fuel cell to work properly, it needs the right amount of water. Too little, and not enough hydrogen ions will be conducted across the membrane. Too much, and porous materials inside it will be flooded,…


June 19, 2018

UBC team advances "smart" stent technology toward clinical application

smart stent

A clinically viable “smart” stent that can wirelessly transmit real-time blood flow information to an external receiver has been developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The technology, which requires no…


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…