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Current research funding in the Division of Materials Engineering
£7,514,550

Division of Materials Engineering

Research Projects

The following are current funded research projects taking place within the research division:

KTP with Lucideon: Cell testing to assist development of novel biomaterials


Principal Investigator: Karin HING
Co-investigator(s): Simon RAWLINSON
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 17-02-2021  /  End: 17-02-2024
Amount: £249854

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: £1180624

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: £2011161

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).

Wafer-Scale Manufacturing of Single-Crystal Perovskite Optoelectronics


Principal Investigator: Lei SU
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-05-2021  /  End: 30-04-2023
Amount: £253046

Graphene layer (Getty Image)
Graphene Flagship Core Project 3


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): Nick DUGGAN, Yang HAO, Emiliano BILOTTI, Dimitrios PAPAGEORGIOU, Wei TAN, Colin CRICK, Han ZHANG, Himadri GUPTA and Nicola PUGNO
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-04-2020  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £376501

This grant will cofund the establishing of a mini-CDT with 5 PhD studentships in Graphene materials at QMUL.

BFTT campaign
Creative Clusters Fashion in Smart Textile


Principal Investigator: James BUSFIELD
Co-investigator(s): Emiliano BILOTTI and Haixue YAN
Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 31-10-2018  /  End: 31-03-2023
Amount: £345900

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) is a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. The aim is to foster a new, creative business culture in which fashion, textiles and technology businesses can use R&D as a mechanism for growth.

Smart rope with sensing capability using multifunctional materials (SENSING ROPE)


Principal Investigator: Emiliano BILOTTI
Co-investigator(s): James BUSFIELD
Funding source: Royal Academy of Engineering
Start: 29-01-2021  /  End: 22-01-2023
Amount: £53030

3D Photoelectrochemical Imaging in Porous Light-Addressable Structures


Principal Investigator: Steffi KRAUSE
Co-investigator(s): Joe BRISCOE and Thomas ISKRATSCH
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 04-01-2021  /  End: 03-10-2022
Amount: £202248

KiriTEG (Smart Grants)


Principal Investigator: Emiliano BILOTTI
Co-investigator(s): Michael REECE, Oliver FENWICK and Han ZHANG
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-08-2020  /  End: 31-07-2022
Amount: £131117

The KiriTEG project will develop flexible, miniaturised TEGs allowing the design of non-rigid thermoelectric energy harvester devices. This will be achieved by development of innovative semiconductor materials, materials deposition techniques and production processes to allow the commercial scaling of the project deliverables. This project utilises the skills of 'kirigami' (variant of origami that includes cutting as well as folding) to produce a new generation of low cost, highly flexible devices. These energy harvesting devices will operate between -40C and +120 C, which covers the vast majority of low grade harvesting applications.

International Exchanges Scheme: China


Principal Investigator: Lei SU
Funding source: The Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2017  /  End: 31-03-2022
Amount: £12000

The aim of this project aims is to build bilateral research and teaching collaborations between QMUL and Jiangsu Normal University in China.

Bench-top single optical fibre microendoscope- IAA Large grant


Principal Investigator: Lei SU
Funding source: EPSRC IAA
Start: 10-03-2020  /  End: 31-03-2022
Amount: £40000

This project aims to develop a benchtop single optical fibre imaging probe.

FlexNanoFlow
FlexNanoFlow


Principal Investigator: Lorenzo BOTTO
Funding source: Commission of the European Community
Start: 01-04-2017  /  End: 31-03-2022
Amount: £1017645

2D nanomaterials hold immense technological promise thanks to extraordinary intrinsic properties such as ultra-high conductivity, strength and unusual semiconducting properties. Our understanding of how these extremely thin and flexible objects are processed in flow is however inadequate, and this is hindering progress towards true market applications. When processed in liquid ...

Lead-free ferroelectrics for piezoelectric sensors or high power energy storage: Professor Jiagang Wu


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2020  /  End: 30-03-2022
Amount: £74000

Aggregation structure-property relationship of polymer/PEDOT/carbon nanoparticle ternary thermoelectric composites and its application for self-powered sensors


Principal Investigator: Emiliano BILOTTI
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 31-03-2020  /  End: 30-03-2022
Amount: £12000

Bioresorbable bioactive composites Kick off


Principal Investigator: Karin HING
Co-investigator(s): Emiliano BILOTTI
Funding source: Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Start: 11-01-2021  /  End: 10-01-2022
Amount: £36993

Recycle Al cans for fashion products


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Co-investigator(s): James BUSFIELD and Emiliano BILOTTI
Funding source: AHRC Arts and Humanities Research Council
Start: 08-06-2020  /  End: 07-12-2021
Amount: £100804

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: £135000

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.

Advanced Polymer Dielectrics


Principal Investigator: Emiliano BILOTTI
Funding source: Innovate UK
Start: 01-12-2018  /  End: 30-11-2021
Amount: £290276

Structural self-powered health monitoring based on thermoelectricity of CNT veils and yarns


Principal Investigator: Emiliano BILOTTI
Co-investigator(s): Han ZHANG
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 18-08-2021  /  End: 18-08-2021
Amount: £12000

Waste to Wealth: Tackling the agricultural waste issues in South East Asia to make fully recyclable high performance materials


Principal Investigator: Han ZHANG
Funding source: Queen Mary Research Development Office
Start: 01-01-2020  /  End: 31-07-2021
Amount: £40000

This project aims to develop the technology and processes to turn agricultural waste biomass into useful reinforcement and/or raw materials for novel fully recyclable materials like packaging, fashion industries, and built environment.

Rb-based energy materials


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: CSA - China Central South University
Start: 11-07-2019  /  End: 10-07-2021
Amount: £11500

The instrument will combine two electrochemical imaging techniques which measure cell responses apically and basally.
Combined LAPS and SICM for multimodal live cell imaging


Principal Investigator: Steffi KRAUSE
Co-investigator(s): Wen WANG
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-06-2018  /  End: 31-05-2021
Amount: £571839

A novel instrument will be developed that will revolutionise the ability to monitor cellular processes and cell communication in polarised cells by simultaneously imaging cells apically and basally. This will provide information about apical cell morphology and basal ion concentrations and electrical signals such as cell surface charge and impedance.

Development of mechanically enhanced osteoinductive synthetic bone graft substitutes
Development of mechanically enhanced osteoinductive synthetic bone graft substitutes


Principal Investigator: Karin HING
Funding source: Apatech Ltd
Start: 01-10-2017  /  End: 31-03-2021
Amount: £87500

The aim of this project is to develop and test a series of bone graft substitutes with novel pore structures using a perfusion based bioreactor system with flow to waste and closed loop capabilities, that is also able to subject real bone graft substitute granules to direct mechanical perturbation. This system has been validated using human mesenchymal stem cells seeded on BGS with varied strut porosity and will be further optimised to enable screening of new structures.

Conductive ink printed on paper.
All-printed thermoelectric generators


Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-10-2017  /  End: 31-03-2021
Amount: £110748

Organic thermoelectric materials are in the early stages of development, and the excitement surrounding them lies in their low cost, solution processability (they can be printed) and their mechanical flexibility. In short, they could revolutionise thermoelectric power generation. In this project, an OTEG will be fabricated on paper by a novel printing process. It is a cheap, scalable process that is much-needed for OTEGs to become reality. Furthermore, this project follows the conviction that a fundamental understanding of OTEG device physics will accelerate the development of improved thermoelectric materials

Spark plasma sintered nano structures
Performance Enhancement of thermoelectric MgAgSb based composite from ferroelectric order


Principal Investigator: Haixue YAN
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-03-2018  /  End: 30-03-2021
Amount: £12000

Composites including thermoelectric MgAgSb and ferroelectric nanoparticles (PbTiO3 and BaTiO3) will be fabricated via spark plasma sintering. The spontaneous polarization from ferroelectric ordering can tailor the carrier concentration and mobility of the matrix. In addition, ferroelectric nanoparticles can also scatter long/medium wavelength phonons, and improve the thermoelectric transport properties.

HYPERTHERM - Hybrid organic-inorganic Perovskite Thermoelectrics
HYPERTHERM - Hybrid organic-inorganic Perovskite Thermoelectrics


Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 11-03-2019  /  End: 10-03-2021
Amount: £146764

HYPERTHERM will investigate new thermoelectric materials, specifically hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites, which are solution processable (printable), abundant and low cost. These materials are well-known in their undoped form in solar cells, and there are good indications that their superb electrical and thermal properties are well-suited to thermoelectric applications. However, to become good thermoelectric materials, they must be electrically doped to increase their conductivity. The principle scientific aim of this proposal is therefore to learn how to control doping in these exciting materials to boost their thermoelectric performance.