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Mechanical, School of EngineeringOffice: EME4271
Graduate student supervisor
Interfacial mechanics; Polymers; Textiles; Sustainability; Additive manufacturing; Coatings
Courses & Teaching
APSC 172 / 173 - Engineering Analysis I / II;
APSC 182 - Matter and Energy I;
ENGR 422 - Surface Engineering;
ENGR 598 - Coatings
Kevin Golovin is an assistant professor at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan for his research investigating drag-reducing surfaces, anti-icing materials, extreme liquid repellency, and the fracture mechanics of interfaces. After completing his PhD, Golovin continued to develop next-generation coatings and materials at HygraTek LLC. HygraTek is currently commercializing Golovin’s ice-repellent materials for wind farms and power-lines in cold climates.
Dr. Golovin holds several patents and has published and presented extensively in the field of material science. His work on icephobic surfaces has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Chemistry World, The London Telegraph, and Science Magazine. Along with a team of business students, he received the first-place grand prize at the 2016 Patagonia Eco Innovation Case Competition.
Dr. Golovin’s diverse research team is investigating next-generation surface science with a focus on addressing energy and sustainability challenges. His research group explores high-impact engineering using a multidisciplinary, fundamentals-based research approach.
Dr. Golovin’s research group is always looking for highly motivated students to join. Interested students should send Dr. Golovin an email including (1) whether they require funding, (2) their CV, and (3) a cover letter. Interested postdoctoral scholars should additionally include a potential project outline. Due to the volume of emails received, only potentially successful applicants will be contacted.
For the latest information, check out the Recent News page on Dr. Golovin’s group website.
PhD – (Materials Science & Engineering) University of Michigan
MSc – (Materials Science & Engineering) University of Michigan
BSc – (Materials Science & Engineering) Cornell University
Research Interests & Projects
- Designing durable anti-icing coatings
- Developing frost and snow repellent textiles
- Imparting oil repellency to textiles without the use of perfluorinated compounds
- Anti-mosquito paint for effective malaria prevention
- Developing omniphobic glass and aluminum
- Improved chemical resistance of textiles
- Understanding ballistic fibre performance
- Novel approaches to additive manufacturing
- Developing high-strength, hydrophobic paper
Selected Publications & Presentations
- K. Golovin, A. Dhyani, M. Thouless, and A. Tuteja, “Low-interfacial toughness materials for effective large-scale deicing.” Science, Vol. 364, Issue 6438, pp. 371-375 (2019).
- K. Golovin and A. Tuteja, “A Predictive Framework for the Design and Fabrication of Icephobic Polymers.” Science Advances, 3, e1701617 (2017)
- K. Golovin, M. Boban, J. M. Mabry and A. Tuteja, “Designing Self-Healing Superhydrophobic Surfaces with Exceptional Mechanical Durability”. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9 (12), pp 11212-11223 (2017).
- K. Golovin, S. P. R. Kobaku, E. T. DiLoreto, J. M. Mabry, and A. Tuteja, “Designing Durable Icephobic Surfaces”. Science Advances, 2, 3, e1501496 (2016).
- K. Golovin, D. H. Lee, J. M. Mabry and A. Tuteja, “Transparent, Flexible, Superomniphobic Surfaces with Ultra-Low Contact Angle Hysteresis”. Angewandte Chemie, 52: 13007-13011 (2013).
Selected Grants & Awards
The OPERA Lab has previously or currently received funding from NSERC, the DND, Innovative Solutions Canada, lululemon, Arc’teryx Equipment, and Loop Recycled Products, to name a few. More details can be found here.
UBC Survive and Thrive Applied Research (STAR): Management Committee
BioProducts Institute (BPI): Member
UBC Green College: Leading Scholar 2018 – 2020
Listen to @CBCKelowna interview, from Thursday morning, with @UBCOSOE assistant professor Kevin Golovin discussing his superhydrophobic research.
Posted by UBC Engineering – Okanagan on Friday, July 13, 2018