Bridging interdisciplinary science and composite research, Mohammad Arjmand explores innovations in multifunctional polymer nanocomposites at the School of Engineering.
Polymers, often associated with plastics, provide researchers with flexible materials that can be used in a variety of applications from electronics and medical devices to military and information technology solutions.
By incorporating nano-scale materials inside polymers, researchers like Dr. Arjmand strive to find effective solutions to challenges facing a variety of industries.
“Polymer nanocomposites are beginning to replace metals that have long been the go-to material for transmission whether it be electricity or other types of signals” explains Arjmand.
Based on their affordability, weight and malleability, many industries see an upside to transitioning to polymer nanocomposites. Arjmand synthesizes and creates his own nano-scale materials, which differentiates him from other researchers in the field of nanocomposites who tend to outsource nano-scale materials.
The nano-scale materials developed by Dr. Arjmand have a dimension 1/1000 of human hair. When incorporated into polymers, forming nanocomposites, they render materials with outstanding physical properties, superior to metals.
“By controlling the development process from the concept stage, we control the nanocomposites electrical conductivity and electromagnetic properties” explains Arjmand.
Using nano-scale materials made of carbon and metals, Arjmand’s nanocomposites exceed the benchmarks established in electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and mechanical strength by materials that sectors such as automotive, aerospace, information technologies and health care have long relied upon.
Employing nano-scale materials and nanocomposites, Arjmand will also explore polymer capacitors for advanced electronics and develop advanced gas sensing technologies.
Arjmand joins three other new faculty who begin with the School of Engineering (SOE) during the 2018-19 academic year.
Dr. Morad Abdelaziz joins the SOE in September (assistant professor, electrical). His research explores smart grids, renewable energy, distributed generation, high performance computation (HPC) for power systems and the integration of electrified transport systems within the electrical grid.
Dr. Mahmudur Fatmi, assistant professor (civil) joins the SOE this summer and will develop integrated land use and transportation modelling, traffic microsimulation and emission modelling and road safety.
Also joining the civil program this summer is assistant professor Nicolas Peleato. Dr. Peleato evaluates and characterizes organic matter within drinking water treatment processes and assesses source water quality.
In early 2019, Alexander Uhl (assistant professor, electrical) will begin his research and teaching at UBC Okanagan. Dr. Uhl’s research focuses on solar cells, including printed photovoltaics, tandem devices and photoelectrochemical devices (PECs) for solar fuels. Learn more about his research at https://lsef.ok.ubc.ca.
Two new lecturers will also be joining us during the academic year. Dean Richert arrived on campus in mid-August from the University of Calgary. With over 8 years of teaching, research and industry experience, Dr. Richert has a specialization in mechatronics.
Beginning in mid-November, Natalie Forssman will join the School of Engineering. Dr. Forssman is a graduate of UBC, and returns to Canada after completing her MA and PhD in Communication and Science Studies at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Forssman's academic background is at the confluence of Communications Studies and Science and Technology Studies (STS).