Recent News

CCEC Plenary Talk

Prof. Golovin was honoured to give a Plenary talk at this year’s CCEC Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering session. You can watch his TED-style talk on replacing perfluorocarbons below!

Arif defends his thesis!

Congratulations to Arif for successfully defending his MASc thesis! Arif’s work merging statistical metrology with superhydrophobicity will hopefully be published soon!

Tensile ice adhesion instrument – how to guide

Over the COVID-19 pandemic we decided to publish how to build some of our custom ice adhesion measurement systems, starting with our tensile ice adhesion device. If you want to measure ice adhesion in tension, and accurately, precisely, and with high-throughput, check out our latest article co-first-authored by Kiana and Kamran!

A high throughput tensile ice adhesion measurement system

Kirigami article published!

Sonia’s work developing a strain sensor using the principles of kirigami and split ring resonators is published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces! Excellent work Sonia and co-authors!

Kirigami enabled microwave resonator arrays for wireless, flexible, passive strain sensing

Cory joins OPERA

We are pleased  to welcome Cory Pope as the latest member of the OPERA lab. Cory joins us from BCIT and will be working on the next generation of durable anti-icing surfaces. Welcome!

Chat with the PM

The OPERA Lab was honoured to chat with PM Trudeau and Minister Joyce Murray about our face shield project with PRE Labs Inc. You can see Anu, Brad Field, and I below amongst the other invited guests!

PFC-free textiles video

UBCO put  together a great video on Sadaf’s latest publication, Rational design of perfluoro-compound free textiles


Sadaf’s work on sustainable textiles is published!

Our collaboration with Arc’teryx towards the development of an oil-repellent textile finish that doesn’t utilize toxic perfluoro-chemicals has produced its first publication. Sadaf’s work was published today in Nature Sustainability. Congratulations Sadaf and co-authors!

Rational design of perfluorocarbon-free oleophobic textiles

I was also asked to write a ‘Behind the Paper’ by the Nature folks, and you can find my blog-style entry on the backstory of Sadaf’s work at: Comments welcome!


Sadaf becomes a PhD candidate!

Sadaf has passed her candidacy exam with flying colours and is now a full fledged PhD Candidate. Congratulations Sadaf!


Behrooz’s work gaining media attention!

Behrooz’s work for making any surface omniphobic has started to receive media attention!

UBC’s press release


Sciences Avenir (in French)

Asia Pacific Coatings