UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Bubbles in Medicine Stand at Science Spectacular Festival

18 December 2017

As part of the Public Engagement module UCL Biochemical Engineering's Charnett Chau, Jas Kalayan, Maryam Hussain and Neil Forbes formed a group to run a stall at Manchester's Science Spectacular event in October

"Our stall was called 'Medicine in Bubbles.' We demonstrated how biochemical engineering is used in the formulation of drugs via an interactive exercise – making boba sweets (bubble tea) which participates can taste. The activity involved the children at the fair to make sodium alginate beads, we encouraged them to think of how to make the “bubbles” uniform and spherical, like the challenges we have in ensuring the encapsulation of medicine is liposome is uniform and holds the correct dosage.

The activities were initially just aimed at children from the age of 5 up to 15 but the parents were also engaged with trying to understand the science behind the mini-experiment. Some of whom asked us for the recipe such they can do at home.  Our stall attracted approximately 200 children to participate, their parents had a taste of their creations too."  Charnett Chau, December 2017