Mathematical & Physical Sciences


UCL Chemistry researchers in RSC Emerging Technologies competition final

23 April 2014

Antimicrobial surface
Light-activated antimicrobial surfaces developed in UCL Chemistry
Photo: Sacha Noimark (UCL Chemistry)

A team of researchers from UCL Chemistry have been shortlisted as finalists in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014.

Dr Kristopher Page, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Sacha Noimark, EngD student, will attend the competition final at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters on Piccadilly on 25 June where they will pitch their research ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to commercial experts from renowned scientific multinational companies.

They will battle against 19 other teams to win the top prize of one-to-one mentoring from the competition’s multinational partners and £10,000 prize money – to be presented to the winners by the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ judge, Richard Farleigh.

UCL Chemistry has developed a light-activated antimicrobial surface technology to disrupt the transmission of harmful bacteria from touch surfaces such as those found in hospital wards.

On being selected as an Emerging Technologies finalist, Page said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the 2014 RSC Emerging Technologies Competition and to have been given the opportunity to showcase our research. With the help of the competition we hope to bring our antimicrobial surface technology one step closer to market as a fully developed product.”