A team of researchers which include Professor Mohan Edirisinghe (pictured below) and Dr Sunthar Mahalingam of UCL Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a responsive mode healthcare EPSRC research grant worth over £750,000 to design economical and long-lasting air and water filters which will actively kill bacteria and viruses, thereby significantly reducing their numbers in the environment.
Professor Mohan Edirisinghe
The filters containing novel antimicrobial nanoparticles will be produced using new EPSRC-funded gyration spinning technology invented and developed at UCL Mechanical Engineering in the Biomaterials Processing and Forming laboratories of Professor Edirisinghe.
This filter manufacturing project involves collaboration between CEGE and Mechanical Engineering departments at UCL, the Science & Technology Research Institute of the University of Hertfordshire and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Other industrial and academic partners are GAMA Healthcare Ltd., Intrinsiq Materials Ltd., Pall Corporation, Pathogen Solutions and Queen Mary, University of London.
The technology has been featured as the front cover paper in many leading journals including Macromolecular Rapid Communications (July 2013), Langmuir (January 2015) and Macromolecular Materials & Engineering (August 2016) and has been actively sought after by several diverse industries (e.g. BASF, Astra Zeneca). The filters made will be tested in the Healthy Infrastructure Research laboratories at UCL Civil Enviromental and Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) led by Dr Lena Ciric.
The award is also the 41st EPSRC research grant won by Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng.