We are engaged in internationally leading materials processing and forming research addressing some of the global healthcare and manufacturing challenges. Research sponsors include the UK Research Councils (mainly EPSRC), Orthopaedic Research UK, The Royal Society, The Wolfson Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust, The Islamic Development Bank, The Danish Agency for Science, Technology & Innovation, The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers and several industries. We enjoy close ties with the UCL School of Pharmacy. Clinical work is carried out in conjunction with the Eastman Dental Insititute, the Division of Medicine and hospitals affiliated with UCL.

We cherish several national and international external research collaborations, in particular with Oxford University, Cambridge University, Imperial College, Queen Mary University of London, King's College London, University of Hertfordshire and universities in the USA (in particular Kansas), Turkey, Italy (in particular Padua), Holland, China (in particular Chengdu and Institute of Metal Research Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Scion, New Zealand. The current research team includes over 20 post-doctoral and doctoral researchers. In addition, several masters and undergraduate students also do their research projects in the group.

The group and laboratory specialises in creating smart coatings, smart fibres, bubbles, particles, capsules using a variety of new devices/processes invented in our laboratory. We have patented these inventions and the work has also led to UCL-Business spin-off company AtoCap Ltd. In March 2014 we were awarded two new EPSRC grants:

We are also embarking on a new set of projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital and the TopInstitutes of Food & Nutrition in Holland. In the former case the objective is to create smart new materials and methodologies to treat eye muscle malfunctions and in the latter case the goal is to engineer new food material microstructures for preventive healthcare.

2) To exploit the patented process of depositing textured bioactive islands together supported by JRI Ltd.:

Currently, we are also developing a patented new mobile electrohydrodynamic gun-device to deposit wound dressings and drug delivery vehicles/patches.


We are also the first in the world to make 4-layered particles and fibres as featured on a journal front cover and the particles are being trialled to treat UTI in new ways as featured on another journal front-cover. This invention is now being utilised in a recently awarded EPSRC grant:


We also continue to push the frontiers of innovating new methods for the creation of bubbles, vesicles, particles, capsules and related-structures using microfluidics, electrohydrodynamics and the combination of these two physical phenomena.
See our latest work in the journal Lab on a Chip:

Mater. Sci. Eng. C 35(2014) 220-230

J. Royal. Soc. Interface 10 (2013) 20130227

featured on a journal front-cover.

1) To explore the patented pressurised gyration process which can manufacture fine fibres:

which was awarded a 2013 Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award.   See: