MRes (J5R1), MSc (J5R3)
QMUL scientist wins biomaterials awards
Dr Hing (right) as see recently on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.
Friday 3rd May 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.
New BBC programme meets top engineers working who are shaping tomorrow's world.
Saturday 13th 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 yrs 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...
Dr Hing from Queen Mary appears on BBC One discussing bone graft materials
Dr Karin Hing appearing on BBC One's 'Bang Goes the Theory'
Sunday 10th March 2013
Dr Hing from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, appeared on Bang Goes The Theory, in a segment discussing her research into artificial substances with the same properties as bone light, strong, and with a honeycomb structure that allows blood and bone cells to grow into it and the natural healing process to occur. Dr Hing demonstrates how the material is created and turned into a bone-like substance.
Dr Hing's research led to the formation of a hugely successful spin out company 'Apatech' which was sold in 2009 for £250 million and now produces artificial bone graft substitute materials for patients all over the world.
New material for restoring damaged human tissues
Tuesday 1st May 2012
Biomedical engineers in the USA have developed a new liquid material that in early experiments in rats and humans shows promise in restoring damaged soft tissue relatively safely and durably. The material, a composite of biological and synthetic molecules, is injected under the skin, then set using light to form a more solid structure, like using cold to set gelatin in a mold. The researchers created their composite material from hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural component in skin of young people that confers elasticity, and polyethylene glycol (PEG), a synthetic molecule used successfully as surgical glue in operations and known not to cause severe immune reactions.
The researchers say the product one day could be used to reconstruct soldiers' faces marred by blast injuries.
Queen Mary University of London joins the Russell Group of top UK Universities
Monday 12th March 2012
The principal of QMUL announced that Queen Mary has accepted and invitation to become a member of the Russell Group, which represents the leading universities in the UK. Queen Mary will become one of only 24 universities represented by the Group, all of whom are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, excellent graduate employability, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. This development is an acknowledgement of QM's status as a top-class research-led institution and is testament to the industry and talent of our staff.