Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL)


FEEL is a research laboratory focusing on the development of low cost and flexible photovoltaic (PV) devices, large-area electronics and renewable energy systems. Flexible electronics have the potential for low cost roll-to-roll manufacturing, a paradigm shift from today’s centralized silicon chips, to flexible smart phones, clothes, car/building components, and health-monitoring devices. Similar to natural organisms, future electronic devices need to generate their own energy, sense their environment, and perform a designated function. At FEEL, we use novel electronic materials such as nanostructures and polymers for making low-cost and flexible electronics that facilitates this vision for future electronics. Examples of our interests are: flexible solar cells that can be integrated onto clothing and vehicles, large-area organic/inorganic materials for energy scavenging, flexible transistors to process information over large-area, and sensors and readout systems for "intelligent skin". FEEL is at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and is a member of Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), Microsystems and Nanotechnology (MiNa) Group, Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory (AMPEL) and Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) at UBC.




+ The honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Science and Technology, announced strategic project and network grants of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) at UBC on Jan. 9, 2014. FEEL was selected to showcase this announcement and has been awarded two strategic grants for the development of solar/battery fabric and wearable health monitoring devices totaling $1M in research funding.

Media coverage:

Vancouver Sun: UBC awarded $9 million in grants to develop tech projects

Digital Times: Phone-Charging Clothes: UBC Engineers Modernizing Wearable Tech...

Vancouver Courier: UBC: Researchers in high-tech fabrics win government grant

From left to right: Peyman Servati, director of FEEL, Janet Walden, COO of NSERC, Dr. John W. Hepburn, UBC VP Research & International, The Honorable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Wai Young, MP Vancouver-South, and Dr. Stephen Toope, President of UBC. Photo credit: Darryl Dyck (Canadian Press).

From left to right: Janet Walden, COO of NSERC, The Honorable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Wai Young, MP Vancouver-South, and Amir Servati, UBC Post-Doctoral Fellow. Photo credit: Darryl Dyck (Canadian Press).

+ Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded $19.5M for "BC's Multi-Institutional Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Initiative" to UBC/SFU/UVIC/BCIT. As part of this initiative, $5.1M is awarded to UBC Professors: Servati (ECE), Ko (MAT) and Wolf (CHEM) for building a state-of-the-art facility for solar cells and electronics on flexible and stretchable substrates using "proof of concept" roll-to-roll manufacturing.

+ Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) has recently announced a Major Thematic Grant ($525k) for "Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Application". FEEL is a member of research team led by Prof. Mike Wolf, Chemistry, UBC. This grant will provide significant boost to FEEL's research on low cost solar cells.