UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

Prof Wenhui Song

Prof Wenhui Song

Professor of Biomaterials and Medical Engineering

Department of Surgical Biotechnology

Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci

Joined UCL
1st Aug 2013

Research summary

 Dr Song’s Group focuses on Science and Engineering of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Implantable Medical Sensors/Devices:

1. Synthesis and functionalization of polymers, nanomaterials and nanocomposites for regenerative medicines;

2. Design, fabrication and evaluation of artificial organs, tissue engineering scaffolds, implantable biosensors and devices in vitro and in vivo;

3. Bio-manufacturing including 3D printing, electrospinning, flow-processing in combination with self-assembly of biomaterials;

4. Understanding of self-assembling, hierarchical structure and physical-chemical properties of biomaterials and nanocomposites;

5. Understanding of in vitro and in vivo biological interaction with biometerials and devices.

Teaching summary

Module leader of SURG GN05 Biomaterials in Regenerative Medincine, Nanotechnology and Regenerative Nanomedicine MSc

Supervisor of major projects of BSc, MSc and PhD


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
Beihang University (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics), China
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) |
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear |
Beihang University (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics), China
Other higher degree, Master of Science (Honours) |


Dr Wenhui Song has extensive expertise in science and engineering of biomaterials, polymers, nanomaterials and nanocomposites, as well as polymer/composite manufacturing technology from traditional extrusion, injection moulding, laminating to electrospinning and 3D printing etc. Her pioneering work on the liquid crystalline phase of carbon nanotubes and mesophase of liquid crystalline polymers has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the self-organising behaviour of such nanoparticles and macromolecules. In parallel to basic research, she leads a research group working closely with industry on the development of real-world biomedical and engineering applications of nanomaterials and nanotechnology, such as 3D printing human organs, piezoelectric nanofibre-based cochlea implants, controlled self-assembling nanostructured block-copolymer blends for pressure sensitive adhesives for personal care products, implantable carbon nanotube fibre biosensors, high performance carbon nanotube-based field-emission devices, continuous flow processes of carbon nanomaterials and nanomedinces and electrospining-coating implantable glucose biosensor.


She has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals including lead and corresponding author papers in the top quality journals, Science, Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, Small, Nano Energy etc., 4 book chapters, and 70 conference proceedings, and a number of invited lectures. Her original research has won 15 awards/prizes. She is a principal investigator/co-investigator in projects funded by EPSRC, BBSRC, Welcome Trust, TSB, DEFRA, Royal Society, LDA PARK Fund, UKIERI-DST and a number of industries. She is a member/panel member of the EPSRC College/TSB, member of Institute of Physics and Society of Chemical Industries, and a Fellow of the Nanotechnology Institute.