NanoV8 – Smartify Innovation Lab

In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, Our Blue Planet is developing and designing the concept, and coordinating our team of Canadian experts and Industry to create a 100% made in Canada Surgical Respirator to answer the call of the global shortage of this desperately needed PPE.

We are working in collaboration with the University of BC Okanagan and Engineering Researchers to create a novel and proprietary facial respirator to replace the N95. The NanoV8 – ‘Nano Pure Respirator’ product line will focus on having superior filtration and fit. This Canadian PPE will primarily be created from Biomass and other Canadian resources.

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This project is in collaboration with the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus 

The UBCO Engineering Team

Dr. Lukas Bichler is the supervising Professor of the special research project - NanoV8 - Nano Pure Respirators.

Dr. Bichler received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Manufacturing, Materials and Solid Mechanics) from Ryerson University, Toronto. Upon graduation, he received NSERC-Postdoctoral fellowship, tenured at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto

Somi Doja - Research Assistant

Somi is a graduate research assistant pursuing her PhD degree in mechanical engineering at UBCO. Her expertise lies in the field of producing carbon by recycling waste materials, thereby promoting green environment. She has worked with international collaborators on developing novel carbon materials for a variety of applications like batteries, filters etc. She is looking forward to working with Our Blue Planet on the NanoV8 - Nano Pure Respirator project because it can possibly solve the issue of global shortage of respirators preventing further spread of the virus.

Alexee Gatzke - Research Assistant

Alexee Gatzke is a third-year mechanical engineering student at UBCO. Her studies so far are focused on materials engineering, specifically in graphene. She hopes to continue her studies into her Master's degree post-graduation. Alexee has a passion for leadership in her community and introducing more students to engineering. She is thrilled to be working with Our Blue Planet on the NanoV8 - Nano Pure Respirator project, ​where she feels she can have a positive influence on the future of our world.

Madisyn Szypula - Research Assistant

Madisyn Szypula is a second-year mechanical engineering student currently attending UBCO. Her interests lie in the fields of material science and sustainability. So far in her studies, she has worked as an engineering outreach leader teaching the importance of STEM subjects to future scientists and engineers around BC.

Madisyn chose to become an engineer because it is a profession where she can help make the world a better place. She is excited to work with Our Blue Planet on the NanoV8 - Nano Pure Respirator project because it involves the areas she wants to focus on in her future career: the environment and the implementation of sustainable practices.

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