Advanced Center for Microfluidics Technology and Engineering

The focus of our research is to develop integrated, automated and high-throughput microfluidic and Lab-on-a-Chip (LoC) devices for medical, biological, and environmental applications. At the fundamental level, we are exploring the interactions between fluids and nano-micro scale objects in microenvironments using biomimetic multiphase microfluidic devices. We are interested in all aspects of these miniaturized devices including design of functional materials, development of compatible microfabrication techniques for their integration into LoC devices in the form of microactuators and microsensors, and application of such devices in organ- and organism-on-a-chip assays as well as point-of-care and point-of-need detection of biomarkers. Our technologies can be used in fundamental disease studies, chemical screening and biodetection applications to help improve the human health and safety.

Director: Pouya Rezai, PhD.


Advanced Materials Processing, Characterization, and Computational Modelling

Advanced Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies Laboratory

The Advanced Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies Laboratory (AM-SET-LAB) is currently focused on the design and development of spectrally selective, photothermal, and thermal energy storage materials that control and utilize solar energy and radiant thermal energy for the advancement of sustainability. Research areas include (1) thermal photonic materials designed to control the directionality and spectral distribution of the emissivity and absorptivity of thermal radiation with applications in solar thermal energy utilization and radiative day-time cooling, (2) windows that harvest radiant infrared radiation, and (3) thermal energy storage materials that store sensible heat, latent heat, or the heat of adsorption to subsequently be used to provide building heating, cooling, or power generation.

Director: Paul O’Brien, PhD.


Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics

Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (ARM) Lab works on robotics and mechatronics, high performance parallel robotic machine development, micro/nano manipulation and MEMS devices, rehabilitation robot and rescue robot, parallel robot machine, reconfigurable robot manufacturing system, high-performance robots related novel cross-research area and its applications such as application of the excellent features of the parallel robot to sensors, Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and bionic mine rescue robots. The sensor has been well applied to underwater robots and athletes’ shot put. The lab’s currently projects work on exoskeleton robots, rehabilitation robots, control of high-performance parallel robotic, unmanned aerial vehicles and novel applications of robotic systems.

Director: Dan Zhang, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FASME, FCSME, SMIEEE.


Advanced Thermofluids and Heat Transfer Research Laboratory


Fluid Mechanics and Flow Control

Hybrid Biomedical Optics Lab

The focus of HBO Lab is design and development of thermal and optical imaging technologies and devices for applications in medical diagnosis and screening. HBO Lab is specifically interested in fundamental research toward development of hybrid imaging technologies in which significant improvement in detection performance can be achieved by separation of excitation and detection channels. Applied research of HBO Lab focuses on translation of medical imaging technologies to Medicine and Dentistry as commercially and clinically viable devices. The core technology platforms of HBO Lab include Thermo-Photonic Lock-In Imaging, Photo-Thermal Coherence Tomography, (Photo-Thermal) Optical Coherence Tomography and Spectrally-Encoded Confocal Microscopy.

Director: Nima Tabatabae, PhD.


Innovative Design and Engineering Analysis

Multifunctional Materials, Micro-and-Nanostructuring Lab

Stem Cell Engineering

Surface Engineering and Instrumentation Lab

Research Center

Center for Automative Research

Centre for Automotive Research (CAR) at York University is a new centre for automotive research and education at Lassonde School of Engineering. It offers an extensive range of automotive engineering services to vehicle and component manufacturers who do not have access to high-level research available to large, multinational corporations.