The mini marbles that can repair tooth decay and alleviate sensitive teeth
Monday 22nd July 2013
The news that researchers in Queen Mary University of London have discovered that "tiny glass balls" can be incorporated into toothpaste has ben reported by The Daily Mail. The degradable particles are about the same size as the small holes in teeth which are present naturally and are designed to enter such holes, physically block them up and lead to the repair of decayed teeth. The technology recently won the research team a £25,000 prize from the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers for innovation. Commenting on the technology, Hugh Devlin, professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Manchester, said that "bioactive glass materials in toothpaste is a 'hot' research area," adding: "The trick is getting a product that can be produced in bulk commercially."
QMUL scientist wins biomaterials awards
Dr Hing (right) as see recently on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Dr Karin Hing from the School of Engineering and Materials Science has been awarded two prestigious prizes in recognition of her outstanding contributions to materials research in the field of biomaterials. The UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibility Prize and the Kroll Medal from the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals both relate to Dr Hing's research in the development of bone graft substitute materials.
• The 2013 UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibles Prize recognises researchers with an industrial link to their research who have made significant contributions to the UK Biomaterials field. Dr Hing has been awarded this prize in recognition of her research into the importance of synthetic bone graft substitute porosity and chemistry and the translation of this research into clinical practice via the development of the bone graft material, Actifuse. In addition the award recognises her scientific and technical contribution to the biomaterials company, ApaTech, which produces Actifuse.
• The 2013 Kroll Medal from the IOM3 is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of inorganic materials. Dr Hing received the award for her development of a novel commercial processing technique to produce porous bone graft substitute materials with a biomimetic structure and control of chemistry, microstructure and porosity so as to enable in order to control the mechanical and biological performance of the biomaterial.
Graduate recruitment at highest level since 2008, especially amongst Engineering Graduates
SEMS students celebrating their graduation.
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
An article in The Guardian details how the employment prospects for graduates is improving this year. Since the financial crisis hit, some graduates have faced challenges in finding graduate work, although Engineering graduates have fared better than many other subjects and this continues to be the case. "Engineering and industrial companies are taking on 800 extra graduates this year out of the 17,000 total."
The article is good news for those students who question the value of a degree in the current climate. Professor Michael Gunn, vice-chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the million+ university thinktank, said: "These statistics confirm that even in a very difficult labour market, studying for a degree on a full-time or a part-time basis remains one of the best ways of securing employment and a career."
Read more about the story in The Guardian on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/jul/01/graduate-rec...
Biomedical Engineering - The best job in the world
an x-ray of a total knee replacement implant (an important area of bioengineering).
Tuesday 23rd April 2013
It is now official, being a biomedical engineer is the best job in the world. The annual ranking of occupations was published on 24th April and shows that being a biomedical engineer is in the top 10 jobs, ranked as number 2 (actuary was ranked number 1). Furthermore biomedical engineering has the highest growth forcast of 62%. All this makes studying for a degree in biomedical engineering (also known as medical engineering) an excellent career choice!
Read more in the Metro newspaper: http://metro.co.uk/2013/04/23/is-being-a-newspaper-reporter-...
New BBC programme meets top engineers working who are shaping tomorrow's world
Friday 12th April 2013
A new BBC programme delves in to the world of invention, revealing the people and technologies set to transform all our lives. The programme "Horizon: Tomorrow's World" examines the conditions that are promising to make the 21st century a golden age of innovation and meets some of the world's foremost visionaries, mavericks and dreamers.'
- Peter Diamandis (Nasa): Physician / aerospace engineer who is developing the first robot to send data images from the moon to earth (google lunar X prize)
- Andre Geim (Manchester): Nobel prize winner and inventor of Gratin using materials science nanotechnology. The material has the strongest properties, is highly conductive and impermeable.
- Robert Langer (MIT, biomedical engineering): Had the bold vision and drive to implant materials into human tissues more than 30 years ago
- Cesar Horada: Created a remote controlled sailing vessel to collect oil from shipping disasters. Used the internet to open source / exchange ideas, explore, attract funds and build the prototype.
- Nobar Afeyan (Joule, energy): Re-engineered nature by genetically modifying cyanobacteria to use sunlight and CO2 to synthesise ethanol as a novel renewable fuel
- Michael Pritchard: Developed nanoscale hollow fibre membrane mesh for purifying water in 3rd World.
Watch the Horizon programme on the BBC iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rwgt6/Horizon_Tomorr...