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Microbubble pioneers win £25,000 prize

1 June 2010

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe and Dr Eleanor Stride

Researchers from UCL have won a £25,000 prize for developing technology that could be used to improve medical imaging, target the delivery of drugs and much more.

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe and Dr Eleanor Stride (UCL Mechanical Engineering) have won the The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers' 2010 Materials Science Venture Prize.

The pair have been working on ways to create miniature bubbles and capsules of gas that can remain suspended in liquid for an extended period of time.

Professor Edirisinghe and Dr Stride founded the Encapsulation Research Group at UCL in 2006 to develop novel methods for the encapsulation of gases, liquids and solids from the nano- to the macroscale.

The technology has the potential to produce novel materials for a range of biomedical applications, tissue engineering, biotechnology, materials engineering, food engineering and more.

The Encapsulation Research Group's work is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Leverhulme Trust, The Royal Society, and The Danish Agency for Science, Technology & Innovation and Industry.

Its research has already won a host of awards, including the Royal Society Brian Mercer Innovation Feasibility Award and the first EPSRC-Journal of the Royal Society Interface Best Paper Award.

Professor Edirisinghe and Dr Stride will receive their prize at a presentation at Cambridge University on 15 June.

Image: Professor Mohan Edirisinghe and Dr Eleanor Stride

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