Research Spotlights

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…

August 10, 2017

New malaria analysis method reveals disease severity in minutes


Left untreated, malaria can progress from being mild to severe — and potentially fatal — in 24 hours. So researchers at the University of British Columbia developed a method to quickly and…

August 17, 2016

Award-winning ideas for affordable housing

Bridge Housing rendering courtesy of Ian McDonald

Ian Ross McDonald, adjunct faculty at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), received an award of excellence for his affordable housing idea in the recent City of Vancouver  re:THINK HOUSING competition…