Mechanical Engineering


Tiwari awarded further €2 million by European Research Council for new nanoengineering project

6 April 2022

Professor Manish K Tiwari is the recipient of a second European Research Council (ERC) grant for his pioneering new nanoengineering project InspiringFuture.

 Manish K Tiwari

UCL Mechanical Engineering Professor of Nanoengineering Manish K Tiwari has been awarded a second European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant, one of five awarded to UCL researchers.

Outstanding academic excellence and promising research are two of the numerous key considerations by which the ERC’s prestigious grants are awarded. The grants are among the most competitive in Europe, with the most recent call for proposals attracting over 4,000 applications. We are proud to announce that Professor Tiwari has been recognised for his innovative research and track record of research excellence with this second ERC grant award.

The fund, worth €2 million, will go towards his project InspiringFuture, which sets out to research nanoengineering new bioinspired liquid-repellent films featuring resistance to sustained high-speed impact, fatigue and continuous flow (shear). The project aims to provide a solution for impact and erosion issues that plague transport systems, wind turbines and offshore installations, as well as infrastructure exposed to harsh weather. In doing so, it promises to contribute to sustainable development and meet the European Green Deal targets.

On receiving the award, Professor Tiwari said:

“It is humbling to receive a second ERC grant, which are reserved for excellent science only, and the credit largely goes to my team and collaborators who make it all possible. I’m excited about the multifunctional films we are targeting because they may enhance the resilience of renewable energy and transport systems and might even help introduce new ways to address water pollution. All of these are important for sustainability and the net zero pledge.”