The four are:
- Dr Matthew Murray, University of Leeds, Ultramatis anti-counterfeiting implantation
- Dr George Frodsham, University College London, MediSieve magnetic haemofiltration for malaria
- Dr Peiman Hosseini, University of Oxford, materials for wearable displays
- Bethan Wolfenden and Philipp Boeing, University College London, personal molecular biology lab
These are the finallists in a competition for engineers working with electro-technology in UK universities.
Murray of Leeds came out on top, winning the RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Award.
He won Hub membership, skills training to run a business, support and advice from an Academy Fellowship mentor, invitations to workshops and networking events, plus £10,000 personally and £30,000 to boost the development of his project.
The others get Hub membership and £2,000 each.
Murray’s project, called Alpin, allows anti-counterfeit marks to be implanted into the glass surface of bottles to identify batches of pharmaceuticals, alcohol and perfume. It uses a femtosecond laser to mark using a plasma containing optically-active elements – called ultra-fast laser implantation (UFLI). The make can be visible or revealed by UV light.
Frodsham’s haemofiltration ‘sieves’ a malaria victim’s the blood to reduce parasite burden, keeping patients alive and symptom-free indefinitely, he claims. MediSieve products will be commercially available in the next couple of years.
Hosseini modulates both the optical and electronic properties of phase change materials to create a class of thin, high resolution displays with nanosecond access speed and no power consumption in static mode. The intention to use them in near-eye devices. A working device is expected within a year.
Wolfenden and Boeing are creating ‘bento•lab’, a 3kg personal education and citizen science laboratory that fits on an A4 sheet and will “allow anybody to carry out basic genetic experiments”.