UCL Department of Chemical Engineering



Our work is highly relevant to various applications in healthcare, ranging from novel nanomaterials for assays and drug delivery to prototype development for diagnostic devices, to pharmaceutical manufacturing and the modelling of physiological systems and drug response, and systems approaches to support improved therapies.

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Nanomaterials, in particular noble metal, metal oxide and  polymeric nanoparticles, that find applications in therapy and diagnostics, such as MRI contrast agents, hyperthermia cancer treatment and drug delivery.

Antimicrobial resistance, which is addressed by developing light activated antimicrobial surfaces based on nanoparticle technology, as well as nature-inspired surface engineering via nanopartlcle-decorated polymer brushes

Nature-inspired systems engineering for cancer immunotherapy, investigating how geometrical, mechanical and chemical factors in the cellular microenvironment affect cellular systems interactions, providing fundamental insights on lymph nodes and cancer 

Medical device prototyping to translate novel biosensing principles to rapid and reliable diagnostic and production platforms

Pharmaceutical manufacturing from atomic-scale understanding of crystallisation processes of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) to the development and scale-up of continuous processes for nanoparticles production 

Modelling of physiological systems as well as drug and gene delivery to characterise and control the complex behaviour of biomedical organs in humans and design new personalised therapies