John Madden accepts AMPEL directorship

John Madden John Madden

On October 9, Professor John Madden, P.Eng., assumed the role of Director, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL), for a term ending on December 31, 2020. 

Madden has been an AMPEL resident since 2002, when he began as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He and his team are applying new or unusual materials in artificial muscle, batteries, supercapacitors, touch/tactile interfaces and solar cells. Materials include conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes yarns, electrospun carbon nanofibres, tough hydrogels, photosynthetic reaction centres, niobium nanowires and even coiled nylon. Before coming to UBC, John was a research scientist at MIT. He completed his PhD work in the BioInstrumentation Laboratory at MIT in 2000. His bachelor's degree is in honours physics from UBC and he has a master's degree in biomedical engineering from McGill. John co-founded two companies and is a strong supporter of entrepreneurship. He has ongoing research collaborations with members of all the founding AMPEL departments.
AMPEL is a multidisciplinary research centre at UBC. Its main goal is to bring together top-level basic and applied research groups working in a synergistic manner on leading edge research of materials, devices and processing sciences in a collaborative environment sharing both their expertise and the most advanced research facilities. The centre is a collaboration between the faculties of Applied Science and Science, involving the departments of Botany, Chemistry, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering.

Many thanks to Professor Jeff Young for his leadership and contributions as Director of AMPEL over the past five years.