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 (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/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, Sheffield Univiersity, King's College London, University of Hertfordshire, University of Westminster, De Montfort University and universities in the USA (in particular Kansas), Turkey, University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), Italy (in particular Padua), Holland, China (in particular Beijing, Dalian and Sichuan). We work very closely with UCL Business (http://www.uclb.com/) and industry (e.g. JRI Orthopaedics Ltd.- http://www.jri-ltd.com ). The current research team includes over 15 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, vesicles, 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 2014-15 we were awarded four new EPSRC grants (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewPerson.aspx?PersonId=72178):

5) We are also working on another set of projects with clinicians in Moorfields Eye Hospital and Professor Anthony Harker ( http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapahh ) on blepharoptosis, with Professor Yiannis Ventikos - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mecheng/people/academic-staff/yiannis-ventikos  (on modelling our processes and inventing related but new approaches) and the TopInstitutes of Food & Nutrition in Holland (new food material microstructures for preventive healthcare).

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

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


3) 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. The research carried out leading up to this invention is now being utilised in a recently awarded EPSRC grant:


It is also being exploited commericially to treat urinary tract infections.

featured on a journal front-cover and attracted an exceptional altmetric score of 10.

his is leading to new research on microbubbles, cardiac tissue engineering,
antimicrobial mats and smart fibres. This work has also lead to Dr. Suntharvathanan
Mahalingam to win an international prize:

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

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

4) We have just initiated an EPSRC supported network:

This included 10 industrial partners and 12 academic partners and aim to promote pharmaceutical electrohydrodynamic technology.

Biomaterials Processing  Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe