John Madden

BASc (UBC), MASc (McGill), PhD (MIT, USA)

Office: KAIS 3042
Phone: (604) 827-5306
Fax: (604) 822-5949




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 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.

Research Interests

Artificial muscle and application to medical devices, photosynthetic photovoltaics, super-capacitors, batteries, sensors, carbon nanotube devices.

Research Areas

Research Groups


  • EECE 301 – Topics in Nanotechnology and Microsystems
  • ELEC 311 – Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • ELEC 315 – Electronic Materials and Devices
  • ELEC 361 – Molecules to Mechanisms
  • ELEC 415 – Semiconductor Devices: Physics, Design and Analysis
  • ELEC 461 – Nanotechnology in Electronics
  • ELEC 491 – Electrical Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • CPEN 491 – Computer Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 492 – Electrical Energy Systems Capstone Design Project
  • CPEN 492 – Software Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 493 – Nanotechnology and Microsystems Capstone Design Project
  • ELEC 494 – Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design Project
  • EECE 580 – Emerging Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Electrical Engineering Seminar and Special Problems – LIGHT HARVESTING

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