Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) Research Laboratory

The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia
What the facility does

Creation of materials using powder metallurgy technologies

Areas of expertise

The SPS Research Laboratory is the only lab in western Canada where the preparation of novel materials (ceramic, metallic, polymer, nano, bio, conductive, insulative, functionally graded, etc.) via spark plasma sintering is performed.

Research services

Material fabrication

Sectors of application
  • Automotive
  • Defence and security industries
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Transportation



10-3 spark plasma sintering machine

Consolidation of powders via SPS

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (National Research Council)
  • CANMET (Natural Resources Canada)