Welcome to the GLAD Research Group Website


We are a research group led by Dr. Michael Brett in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Professor Michael Brett holds the NSERC/AITF/Micralyne Senior Industrial Research Chair, an AITF Professorship, and is a Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Films and Devices. He is cross-appointed as a Senior Research Officer with the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology and is the program coordinator of Energy Generation and Storage. Dr Brett has led the development of the Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD) technique for thin film materials.

Research Interests


Research interests are focused on developing and improving new techniques for controlled fabrication of micro- and nanostructures. The GLAD process, developed in this lab and now used worldwide, is central to this research. Device applications of this technology are pursued in conjunction with industrial collaborator and sponsor Micralyne, a microdevice and micromachining company located in Edmonton.

Recent Research

Recent projects include nanostructuring of materials for application to photovoltaics and fuel cells, sensor and analytical devices utilizing porous materials, and nanoscale chiral thin films for photonics and photonic crystal applications. These projects make use of the extensive fabrication and characterization equipment located at the University of Alberta and at the NRC National Institute of Nanotechnology, and are conducted in collaboration with local and international researchers, corporations and institutes.

Group News

Kudos to Ryan Tucker!

One prize to rule them all: Killam award tops list of honours for PhD student
By Richard Cairney, Faculty of Engineering

New Sensors Boon to Seismic Work

GLAD alumnus, Joshua Krabbe, MSc. 2011, is featured in the Edmonton Journal by business columnist Gary Lamphier on July 20, 2013.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Ryan Tucker received the European Materials Research Society Young Scientist Award at the European Materials Research Society Fall Meeting 2012.

Allan Beaudry Won Best Poster Award

Allan Beaudry won the "First Place Public Choice Award" (voted by conference attendees) and the "Second Place Judges Award" at the Next Generation Solar (Photovoltaics Canada), Montreal, QC, Canada, May 2012.