2017 grants • An applied, engineered oscillation inspired by the natural oscillatory behaviour of HIV (UCL/ University of Aberdeen) – led by Dr Darren Nesbeth in UCL Biochemical Engineering • Growth of Iron Sulphide through Electrochemical Control: Towards Exploitation of Nature’s Remediator, Catalyst and Electron Transfer Mediator (UCL/Loughborough University) – led by Dr Katherine Holt, UCL Department of Chemistry. • Nature Inspired 4D printing for biomedical applications (UCL/ Global Disability Hub) – led by Prof Mark Miodownik, UCL Institute of Making with collaborations from UCL’s Department of Computer Science. • Nature-Inspired ‘synthetic enzyme’ for the oxygen reduction reaction (UCL/ Diamond Light Source) – led by Dr Ryan Wang, UCL Chemical Engineering in collaboration with Dr. Rosa Arrigo, Beamline Scientist at Diamond Light Source. • Bioactive Aerogels: Development of a Remineralizin g Toothpaste Material (UCL / The Royal London Hospital) – led by Dr Silo Meoto (CNIE PDRA) in collaboration with Dr Alessia D’Onofrio, The Royal London Hospital
“ Initial findings were used to develop the successful EPSRC proposal “Novel intensified liquid-liquid contactors for mass transfer in sustainable energy generation”, where the intensified jet mixers will be considered for both separations relevant to spent nuclear fuel reprocessing and biofuel production from renewable sources. It was extremely beneficial for the PDRA.” Professor Giota Angeli, Chemical Engineering, UCL
“ The grant enabled us to initiate a new collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. As a new staff member it was one of the first bits of seed funding that I received, and this helped enormously to get a little bit of momentum as I established my research group.” Dr Brenda Parker, Biochemical Engineering, UCL
“The project, inspired by the ability of living organism to actively modulate tissue stiffness, has yielded a new understanding of how to engineer such a system using actuators embedded in a 3D printed fabric. We believe it to be the world’s first example of a stiffening chainmail fabric. A new publication has also resulted from this work, which has had over a thousand downloads, and has led to give an invited talk at MIT. An international workshop on the further applications of this work takes place in spring 2018, and we will be submitting further grant applications to EPSRC.” Professor Mark Miodownik, UCL Institute of Making
"The very existence of the CNIE was an inspiration: signalling that it could be worth investing in harnessing ideas from nature in a practical and scientific way. And being involved in this grant opened our eyes to new possibilities for further collaboration and exploitation of our research.” Professor Stephen Marshall, Bartlett School of Planning CENTRE FOR NATURE INSPIRED ENGINEERING 25
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