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Second annual UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds recipients

1 April 2022

UCL and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have awarded seven projects funding to support innovative collaborations

SJTU campus

Following a successful first call last year, the second annual UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds has awarded seed funds to seven UCL academics and their counterparts at SJTU.

UCL and SJTU contributed joint funds to the successful projects, with each project receiving up to £10,000.

The joint projects will delve into topics such as marine microplastics, adaptive video streaming and sustainable personal protective equipment (PPE).

One of the funding recipients, Dr Hirak K Patra (UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences), said: “I am working with Dr Zhigang Hu from the SJTU Centre of Hydrogen Science on developing environmentally-friendly smart PPE to curb the spreading of current and future fatal viruses, including COVID-19. This project is closely aligned with the UN SDG-3, Good Health and Well-Being goal and the proposed strategy will benefit the UK, China and beyond in developing sustainable fabrics, adsorbent and protective coating. We invite all related stakeholders, agencies, and industries to support our initiative to develop effective green PPE for the future.”

Congratulations to all the UCL-SJTU Strategic Partner Funds 2021/22 recipients:

Lead UCL academicFacultyProject
Prof Jonathan ButterworthMAPSOpen Science Search for New Physics at the CERN Large Hadron Collider
Dr Laura ToniEngineering SciencesGeneralised and Robust Rate Adaptation for dynamic Adaptive Video Streaming 
Hirak PatraMedical SciencesSelf-Cleaning and Biodegradable MOF-based Personal Protective Equipment for Pandemic Prevention 
Prof Catalina SpataruBartlettInteroperable Floating Systems for Sustainable Development as Response of Climate Change
Dr Gemma-Louise DaviesMAPSChiral Paramagnetic Nanoparticles as MRI Contrast Agents
Dr Kang RenEngineering SciencesTransport mechanism and concentration strategy of marine microplastics
Dr Bing LiMAPSAssistive micro/nano biosensors forfibrebot surgical system

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