SEMS Research Project Wins National Award
2 May 2019
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has awarded the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between LMK Thermosafe Ltd and QMUL their UK Engineering Excellence Award. The KTP associate, Dr Harshit Porwal, who now works for Thermosafe as a Business Unit Manager was presented with the prize at the Best of the Best Awards held at the The Royal Society of Chemistry, London. The company are now commercialising safe electrical heaters made from the materials developed during the KTP. The project was supervised by Dr Emiliano Bilotti and Prof James Busfield and led to two patents, several high impact journal papers including one in Advanced Functional Materials. The project has also been supported by two further completed PhD students. Emiliano commented that, "With more than 800 KTP projects funded at any one time, it is an exceptional honor for our project to be singled out for this national award." James commented that he had also started his own career as a 'KTP associate' with QMUL and a rubber company nearly 30 years earlier. He hoped that this was the start of many more KTP success stories in SEMS. It was a double success for QMUL as SEMS alumni Dr Xiaojing Zhu was also recognised as being one of the top 5 KTP associates in the country.