Intercollegiate Platform on Powder-Based Synthesis and Modelling

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

Powder-Based Processing and Modelling is an enabling fundamental research theme in Materials, encompassing applications in nanotechnologies, electronics, energy and biotechnologies. This Platform Grant aims to further advance our innovative processing techniques in powder ink-jet, electrohydrodynamic jetting, filament freeforming, and dry-powder dispensing, with high-throughput capabilities for materials discovery; and apply such techniques to clean energy generation / storage and to biomaterials /structures. Multiscale materials modelling techniques will continue to be developed and applied for the design and development of materials structures and systems for such applications. This intercollegiate collaborative research platform will consolidate the integration of research strengths in powder processing and modelling from both QMUL and UCL for much added value. It will also enhance our international stance and recognition in the research theme, and facilitate strategic changes of our research, directing them into tangible applications towards energy, security, and biomaterials, some of the pressing challenges of our age. Specifically, we have identified ways of refining the resolution of dry powder dispensing in solid freeforming by ultrasonic actuation and laser guidance and in filamentary solid freeforming methods by extrusion through <50 ?m dia dies and by electrohydrodynamic jetting, micro-threading and electrospinning of ceramics. We are now running a working thick-film combinatorial robot for ceramics. We will apply these techniques to biomedical applications such as tissue engineering and maxillofacial scaffold construction; to clean energy technologies including electrodes for biofuel cells, novel structures for high capacity and heat-management in hydrogen storage, photoelectrocatalysis, and THz energy-efficient metamaterials. These represent some of the priority research themes of our time, where the proposed platform programme in highly innovative areas of powder processing can make significant contributions.

Publications

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Description This Platform Grant significantly advanced our innovative processing techniques, particularly in electrohydrodynamic jetting for the preparation of biomedically useful structures and those that can be of utilitarian value in food engineering. It also uncovered new generic principles in the electric jetting viscous materials suspensions and liquids. Even today, it continues to generate new manufacturing technology, e.g. gyratory fibre spinning technologies.
Exploitation Route For making microbubbles, capsules, particles and fibres which push the frontiers of medical engineering and food engineering forward.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Creative Economy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL https://www.edirisinghelab.com/
 
Description Findings have been useful in uncovering a new process for microbubble preparation, this work won the EPSRC-Royal Society Journal Interface best paper award in 2009. Many innovative manufacturing routes involving microfluidics, electrohydrodynamics, their combinations, gyratory technologies have evolved from this platform grant and all two recent major awards: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Chapman Medal for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, 2017 The Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers & Brasiers Compnay Prize for excellence in materials engineering, 2017
First Year Of Impact 2009
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Creative Economy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Economic

 
Description Danish Research Agency
Amount £32,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 000002040 Industrial PhD project award 
Organisation Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation 
Sector Public
Country Denmark
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2013
 
Description EPSRC Follow-on
Amount £128,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H007342/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 08/2010
 
Description EPSRC Follow-on
Amount £99,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J01334X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2012 
End 09/2013
 
Description EPSRC Responsive Mode
Amount £151,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I032355/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2014
 
Description Leverhulme Trust
Amount £87,000 (GBP)
Funding ID F/07 134/DG 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 09/2011
 
Description Unilever
Amount £90,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Case Studentship - 10000856 
Organisation Unilever 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2010 
End 04/2014
 
Company Name AtoCap Ltd 
Description Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering 
Year Established 2011 
Impact Won £25000 Venture Prize from The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers