There's a non-unital algebra $\dot{U}$ formed from $U_q (sl_2)$ by including a system of mutually orthogonal idempotents $1_n$, indexed by the weight lattice. You can think of this as a category with objects $\mathbb{Z}$ if you prefer.

Lusztig's basis $\mathbb{\dot{B}}$ for $\dot{U}$ has nice positivity properties: structure coefficients are in $\mathbb{Z}[q,q^{-1}]$.

Has anyone tried to write down a similar type of basis for the algebra associated to $U_q (gl_{1|1})$?