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EC Jetting: Towards the Next Generation of Printing Technologies


Principal Investigator: Ahmed ISMAIL
Co-investigator(s): Rafa CASTREJóN
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 15-01-2022  /  End: 14-01-2024
Amount: £296,834

Small nozzles, which are used to deposit small volume of liquids, are more prone to clogging and breaking and more difficult to manufacture. This project aims to develop a novel technique to produce jets that are 100 times smaller than the nozzle in size (no need for small nozzles) and printing frequency that is one order of magnitude higher than the natural electrojetting pulsation technique (fast printing).

The Jetting of Complex Inks for Industrial Inkjet Technologies - KTP


Principal Investigator: Rafa CASTREJóN
Co-investigator(s): Neil CAGNEY
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £180,000

A Biophysical Model of Gum Reintegration on enamel


Principal Investigator: Julien GAUTROT
Funding source: GSK GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd
Start: 01-10-2019  /  End: 30-09-2023
Amount: £32,000

Bottom up structuring of liquids without external fields or molds.
Manufacturing of anisotropic nano and micro- particles.
Molecular Manufacturing of Macroscopic Objects - fellowship Stoyan Smoukov


Principal Investigator: Stoyan SMOUKOV
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 31-08-2023
Amount: £1,180,624

This interdisciplinary proposal proposes a molecular basis for Manufacturing for the Future,[a1] to grow many types of particles in a nature-inspired way. It offers scalability, near-full utilization of the material, and the ability to carry out transformations at near ambient conditions. Manufacturing in nature spans the scales from intricate ...

Cells growing at the surface of oil droplets
Engineered Protein Nanosheets at Liquid-Liquid Interfaces for Stem Cell Expansion, Sorting and Tissue Engineering


Principal Investigator: Julien GAUTROT
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 31-08-2023
Amount: £2,011,161

ProLiCell will design the biochemical and mechanical properties of extracellular matrix (ECM) protein nanosheets that can sustain the formation of adhesion protein complexes and support cell proliferation and culture on materials with very weak bulk mechanical properties (liquids).

BP-ICAM project - Battery thermal management fluids and systems


Principal Investigator: Radomir SLAVCHOV
Funding source: BP International Ltd
Start: 01-05-2021  /  End: 30-09-2022
Amount: £10,165

Protein Nanosheet-Stabilised Emulsions for Next Generation Biomanufacturing


Principal Investigator: Julien GAUTROT
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-03-2021  /  End: 31-08-2022
Amount: £120,000

Novel capsule based smell test for the assessment of hyposmia/anosmia


Principal Investigator: Ahmed ISMAIL
Co-investigator(s): Helena AZEVEDO
Funding source: EPSRC IAA & STFC IAA
Start: 01-12-2020  /  End: 31-12-2021
Amount: £9,000

This project is to develop a cheap, scalable and rapid smell test for the assessment of hyposmia/anosmia including COVID19 related symptom in humans. The prototype test consists of a standardized number of aromatic oils capsules fabricated by coaxial dripping and placed between adhesive strips that users crush and pull apart to release the smell.

Open characterisation and modelling environment to drive innovation in advanced nano-architectured and bio-inspired hard/soft interfaces (OYSTER)


Principal Investigator: Gleb SUKHORUKOV
Funding source: EU
Start: 01-01-2199  /  End: 01-12-2021
Amount: £135,000

Major focus of the project is in surface design, controlled adhesion and development of surface characterisation techniques and their standardization. In particular, Nanoforce contribution in the project and relevant tasks are crossing other activity at SEMS what includes biofunctionalisation of surfaces to make hydrophobic surface hydrophilic and to produce thin polymeric films with micro-packaged bioactive agents. Also SEMS expertise in polymer processing will be expanded on polymer with drug coating. Further goal would be to make such a coating on various implants and stents. Developments of implants with designed mechanical properties could benefit with extra function added on it such as “micro-packaged” drug what could be used either to proliferate cell grow in case of grow factor encapsulation or, if needed, coatings antibacterial properties.