Director, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory


John Madden and his team are investigating new and unusual electronic materials for application in solar cells, energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), printable electronics and as artificial muscle. Materials include conducting polymers (for artificial muscle applied to drive medical devices, and for printable electronics), carbon nanotubes (ultrahigh stress artificial muscle), electrospun carbon nanofibres (energy storage), and photosynthetic reaction centres (photovoltaic devices).

Dr. Madden worked as a research scientist at MIT before joining UBC in 2002. He completed his PhD work in the BioInstrumentation Laboratory at MIT. His bachelor’s degree is in Honours Physics, UBC and he has a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, McGill.