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Edirisinghe wins IOM3’s Chapman Medal

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining lauds leading biomaterials researcher

Edirisinghe wins IOM3’s Chapman Medal

Leading biomaterials researcher Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng has won another prestigious award. The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) announced that the UCL professor was this year’s recipient of their Chapman Medal.

The Chapman Medal, one of IOM3’s Premier Awards, acknowledges distinguished research in biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation.

On hearing of this most recent award, the prolific researcher said “I am very pleased to win the Premier Award for Biomaterials research excellence, which is the hallmark of my laboratory and team, and I am very grateful to UCL Mechanical Engineering for all the encouragement”.

In lauding the head of UCL’s Biomaterials Processing Lab, IOM3 outlined why Professor Edirisinghe’s work is being celebrated.

“Mohan’s internationally leading research has created numerous seminal outcomes generating an enormous impact on the global status quo of biomaterials and biomedical engineering, causing a paradigm shift in areas crucial to the betterment of life, particularly healthcare.

Biomateials Processing Lab team led by Professor Mohan Edirisinghe

He was the first to use electrohydrodynamic (EHD) for materials forming and invented two key methods: (i) EHD-printing to pattern bioactive microstructures an order of magnitude finer than those of ink-jet printing, (ii) EHD-jet spraying to produce graded porous/foam structures for tissue engineering.

More recently, he pioneered template-assisted EHD-jet forming to create unique nano- and micro-scale structures of bioactive materials (patents granted worldwide) and was the first to demonstrate that such discontinuous coatings offer cellular texturing and huge commercial advantages.

Recent work has also included the creation of a family of novel gyratory forming methods for polymeric fibres and microbubbles with industrially attractive yields gaining advancement in key areas such as antimicrobial resistance, tissue engineering.”

This latest award from the IOM3 comes hot on the heels of an honour for Professor Edirisinghe from the Royal Academy of Engineering, in the shape of their Armourers and Brasiers’ Company Prize

The Chapman Medal will be awarded to him at IOM3’s new Euston headquarters on their Premier Awards Night on 11th July.

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